Celebrated in Telangana, Bathukamma is a 9-day flower festival that serves as a symbol of the rich culture and traditions of Telangana. The festival is celebrated by women who worship the goddess Maha Gauri also called the ‘Life Giver’ in the form of Bathukamma. It symbolizes womanhood and gratitude for the offerings of nature. The festival starts a week before ‘Saddula Bathukamma’ which is two days before Dussehra.
Bathukamma – The flower festival of Telangana
Throughout the week women prepare small Bathukammas – a stack of beautiful flowers, mostly with medicinal values arranged in seven concentric circles and immerse them in nearby ponds in the evenings. On the last day, men venture out to collect flowers like ‘Gunuka’ and ‘ ‘Tangedu’ in bulk to make a bigger Bathukamma and a huge procession is carried out to immerse it into a bigger water body. It signifies the relationship humans share with earth and nature.
This year Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building and a popular tourist attraction, is all set for the screening of the special performance at the Telangana Bathukamma Flower Festival – an effort towards the recognition of the traditions of Telangana, under the leadership of MLC Kalvakuntla Kavitha. Telangana Jagruthi is taking the Bathukamma celebrations globally by featuring it on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
People across the world will get a chance to witness the festival. Elected Representatives of Telangana, members of Jagruthi and NRIs from Telangana will be seen participating in the event. Invitations have been sent out to UAE Government officials and industrialists to honour the event with their presence. The special show will be screened on Burj Khalifa at 9.40 pm and 10.40 pm IST on Saturday (October 23).