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Telangana devotees offer Bonalu to Durga temple

Members of the Telangana-based Bhagyanagar Sri Mahankali Jatara Bonalu Utsavalu Ummadi Devalayala Uregimpu committee took part in the annual “bonam” offering ritual to Goddess Kanaka Durga atop Indrakeeladri on Sunday.

Continuing the tradition, a group of devotees from Telangana came from Hyderabad to offer ‘bonam’, silk robes (pattu vastralu) and pay homage to the presiding deity as part of the auspicious Ashada Masam.

Devout women thronged the temple carrying on their heads the ‘bonam’ prepared with rice, jaggery and curd seeking the blessings of the goddess.

The streets of One Town and the Indrakeeladri were abuzz with chants in praise of the goddess as hundreds of devotees took part in the procession which was taken from Jammidoddi on Brahmin Street to the temple premises.

Potharajus draws attention

Worshipers dressed in Potharajus taking part in the procession to the Kanaka Durga temple in Vijayawada on Sunday

Worshipers dressed in Potharajus taking part in the procession to the Kanaka Durga Temple in Vijayawada on Sunday | Photo credit: RAO GN

The procession caught the attention of worshipers and passers-by with colorful ‘potharajus’, with vermilion and turmeric smeared on their faces, dancing to the beat of drums and folk performers dressed as demons and goddesses.

Devotees offered Ganga teppa in Krishna river and reached Kanakadurga temple through ghat road.