Secunderabad Ujjaini Mahankali temple Bonalu celebrations were held yesterday when thousands of devotees from surrounding areas thronged the temple with their traditional offering of Bonalu on Sunday. The temple and the surrounding were decked and illuminated for the occasion. The festival that is celebrated in turns beginning with Golconda gains in significance when it reaches the Secunderabad Mahankali temple. The other temples in the surrounding areas also celebrate Bonalu on the same day.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao offered prayers at the temple and performed special pujas during Bonalu. Women carrying the Bonam lined up for offering it to the deity throughout the day. A tradition that is being carried forward since several decades culminates in Rangam, a special event where an unmarried woman believed to be possessed by the Goddess, predicts future, followed by a procession of the deity on an elephant. The Rangam was held today (Monday) near the temple and Swarnalatha during her Bhavishyavani said that she has been providing good rains and will continue to do so in future, and she will ensure that the state will remain green. She also expressed happiness over the Chandi Yagam performed by the Chief Minister of Telangana.
It is the faith and devotion of the people of Telangana, especially those belonging to the twin cities and surrounding districts that has kept the tradition of Bonalu thriving.