Bathukamma festival on Thursday made Hyderabad come to life in a glorious floral tribute to women, by women and of women, bringing forth the hugely revered tradition to life all over Telangana.
The first Bathukamma festival in Telangana after its formation was held with Chief Minister K Chandrashkhara Rao taking it a test of Telangana’s pride and glory and accordingly the biggest floral tribute was prepared on Tank Bund, one that would be remembered by every visitor for years to come and the government has spent Rs.10 crore for the state festival.
Bathukamma festival is held for nine days of Navaratri and culminate on “Pedda Bathukamma” festival on Durgashtami but the state festival was held a day after to coincide with the holiday to facilitate more visitors.
Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different flowers in seven concentric layers in the shape of a cone. ‘Bathukamma’ which means ‘Mother Goddess Come Alive’ and Goddess Maha Gauri, who is the ‘Life Giver’ and goddess of womanhood is worshipped on the day.
Today’s festival with the biggest bathukamma made near Tank Bund saw women dressed in the traditional sari and teenage girsl in Langa-Oni or Choli and visiting the Bathukamma and bringing their own bathukammas for immersion in the Tank Bund water. The whole festival was made available online at YouTube with live streaming available all over the globe.
Telangana leaders, who see the occasion as the biggest congregation of women could not resist offering more freebies. One proposal was to celebrate the ‘Bathukamma’ floral festival in over 25 countries next year.
“Next year we plan to do it in more than 25 countries as the present government has taken up the celebrations of this event as a state festival,” Telangana Jagruthi leader and Nizamabad MP Kalvakuntla Kavitha told reporters. She also said her organisation will take up the issue of Nirmal Toys or wood toys for manufacturing for the occasion. currently the wood used to make such toys is taxable heavily.