What is Bonalu? | Bonalu 2021
The name has been derived from the Sanskrit term ‘Bhojanam’. This in turn became Bonam and that later was termed as Bonalu. It all means food or a feast as in the Telugu language. As per the festival, this is a food offering that is offered to the Mother Goddess Mahankali. Bonam denotes the food that will be cooked in pots and that is offered to the Goddess. In various parts of Andhra Pradesh, Bonalu includes the worship of the Goddess in a number of forms and names like Pochamma, Yellamma, Ankalamma, Peddhamma, Maremma, Dokkalamma, Poleramma, and Nookalamma.
Importance and History behind Bonalu 2021
Back in 1813, a plague had struck Hyderabad and Secunderabad. At that time, the military was deployed from Hyderabad to Ujjain. On hearing about the plague, the military began praying to Goddess Mahankali to stop the epidemic. They promised that if this was done, they would place an idol in the cities.
Once the plaque disappeared, they kept their word, made the idol, and also offered Bonalu. From then on, the people of Telangana have followed this ceremony.
The story behind the Bonalu Festival & its Rituals
It is believed that every year, the Goddess makes a comeback to her maternal home in the month of Ashada. During the time, people offer their love, respect, and devotion in the form of dance, and pots of food, bangles, and sarees.
Just as much as a family would welcome the return of their daughter into their own house, the same way, devotees are celebrating the visit of the Goddess to her own home. For this, special meals are offered so that she is pleased with her people.
They believe that Goddess Mahankali will wipe away all diseases, and sorrows of a person