Everything you want to know
Bathukamma, a flower festival is celebrated with much joy and happiness in Telangana. Every year, this Bathukamma festival is celebrated for nine days starting with Mahalaya Amavasya and continuing till Durgashtami. According to the Gregorian calendar, the festival usually takes place in the month of September or October. The nine-day festival ends on Saddula Bathukamma or Peddha Bathukamma.
Know how Bathukamma is made:
Bathukamma is a beautiful stack of flowers, arranged with seasonal flowers – Celosia, Senna, Chrysanthemum, Indian Lotus, Cucurbita leaves, Trachyspermum ammi, Katla, Teku Flowers, Marigold, Cucumis Sativus leaves and flowers, Memecylon edule, Tridax procumbens, etc. ., – in concentric layers.
History of Bathukamma:
In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma’ means ‘mother goddess comes to life’ and Goddess Maha Gauri – ‘giver of life’ is worshiped in the form of Bathukamma. The women make Bathukamma every nine days and on Saddula Bathukamma day they dip the Bathukamma in water. The Gauramma which is kept on the Bathukamma is taken up and the women will apply it on their mangal sutra. The women dress up, sing songs and dance around the Bathukammas.
There are many stories related to Bathukamma. According to a legend, the goddess Gauri killed the demon ‘Mahishasura’, and later she fell asleep on the ‘Aswayuja Padyami’, due to fatigue. Devotees begged her to wake up and she woke up on the Dasami.
Another story is – Bathukkamma, the daughter of King Chola, Dharmangada and Satyavati. It is said that Dharmangada had lost his 100 sons in a battle. Later, the couple prayed to Goddess Lakshmi and they were blessed with a baby girl. All the sages came and blessed her with immortality, “Bathukamma or Live Forever”. Since then, Bathukamma is celebrated.
Know nine days of Bathukamma:
Day 1: Engili pula Bathukamma
Day 2: Attukula Bathukamma
Day 3: Muddappu Bathukamma
Day 4: Nanabiyam Bathukamma
Day 5: Atla Bathukamma
Day 6: Aligina Bathukamma (alaka Bathukamma)
Day 7: Vepakayala Bathukamma
Day 8: Vennae muddala Bathukamma
Day 9: Sadhula Bathukamma
We ‘Sakshi Post’ wish all readers a very happy Bathukamma.