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Bathukamma Dussehra Festival

2017 Bathukamma Dussehra Festival

Bathukamma is 9 days floral festival in Telangana. Bathukamma represents the cultural spirit of Telangana. Bathukamma is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values, in seven concentric layers in the shape of temple gopuram. In Telugu, Bathukamma means "Mother Goddess come Alive" and Goddess Maha Gauri - "Life Giver" is worshipped in the form of Bathukamma – the patron goddess of womanhood, Maha Gauri Devi

9 Days of Bathukamma Festival – Bathukamma festival celebrations on each day, beginning from Pethara Amavasya till the Saddula Bathukamma (Grand Finale of Bathukamma festival) are listed below.

Day 1: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Engili Puvvula Bathukamma
It is celebrated on the Pethara Amasa (Mahalaya Amavasya – Bhadrapada Amavasya).
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Engili Puvvula Bathukamma is any recipe made with nuvvulu (til / sesame), rice flour or Nookalu or just the mixture of sesame seeds and wet rice.

Day 2: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Atukula Bathukamma
It falls on the first day of Ashwayuja Masam (Navaratri Kalasha Sthapana)
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Atukula Bathukamma is any recipe made with Atukulu, Sappadi Pappu, bellam (jaggery), etc..

Day 3: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Muddhapappu Bathukamma
It is observed on the second day of Ashwayuja Masam (Preethi Vidiya)
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Muddhapappu Bathukamma is any recipe made with Muddhapappu (dal), paalu (milk) or bellam (jaggery).

Day 4: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Nanbiyyam Bathukamma
It falls on the third day of Navaratri festival. (Sindhura Thadiya Gauri)
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Nanabiyyam Bathukamma is any recipe made with Nanabiyyam (wet rice), milk and jaggery.

Day 5: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Atla Bathukamma
It is celebrated on the fourth day of Navratri utsavams.
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Atla Bathukamma is any recipe made with uppudu biyyam, dosha, atlu, etc.

Day 6: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Aligina Bathukamma (Alaka Bathukamma)
It falls on the fifth day of Navaratri which is also celebrated as Lalita Panchami. Bathukamma is not prepared on this and not offered
No Naivedyam, Palaharam for Aligina Bathukamma. Women do not prepare Bathukamma but play Bathukamma. But they do not offer any palaharam to bathukamma on this day.

Day 7: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Vepakayala Bathukamma
This Bathukamma falls on the sixth day of Navaratri (Durga Shashti day)
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Vepakayala Bathukamma is recipe made with sakinala pindi in the form of vepakayalu (Neem fruits – Azadirachta indica).

Day 8: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Vennamuddhala Bathukamma
It falls on the seventh day of Durga Navaratri (Durga Saptami / Maha Saptami)
Naivedyam, Palaharam for Vennamuddhala Bathukamma is recipe made with venna (butter), neyyi (ghee), nuvvulu (til / sesame), jaggery, etc..

Day 9: Bathukamma festival Celebrated as Saddhula Bathukamma
Final Day of Bathukamma festival is Saddhula Bathukamma. The Bathukammas prepared in big sizes than regular days and are immersed in water (Bathukamma Nimajjanam). It falls on Durga Ashtami day and in some instances, it falls on Mahanavami day.

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