Bathukamma is the “festival of life” because, on this day, many students and pundits visit the infant in the royal palace and blessed her by calling Bathukamma to stay forever.
How will we spend our time at the Bathukamma festival?
It is a festival for all females. On Bathukamma, girls dress up in traditional sarees, combining them with stunning jewels and other accessories. To carry out the grace, teenage girls wear half-sarees or lehenga cholis with jewels. On the day of Bathukamma, the seasonal plants of spring or the wildflowers that bloom throughout the season are arranged on a rectangular bamboo body and shaped like a top at the pinnacle has the shape of a temple tower or ‘Gopura.’ On the pinnacle of the stacked plants, a lump of turmeric is stored. Bathukamma is determined to be a nine-day festival, each with its distinct call and speciality. Let’s look into it right now.
Engili pula Bathukamma on the First Day
It is the first day of the festival and falls on Mahalaya Amavasya, also known as Pethara Amavasya within the Telangana region. On this day, the Goddess is usually given Nuvvulu (Sesame seeds) with biyyam Pindi (rice flour) or nookalu (coarsely floor moist rice) as Naivedhyam.
Atkula Bathukamma on the Second Day
The second day of bathukamma, known as Atukula bathukamma, falls on Padyami, the first day of Ashwayuja Masam.Nowadays, we give the Goddess Sappidi Pappu, which is bland boiled lentils, bellam, which is jaggery, and atkulu, which is flattened parboiled rice.
Muddapappu Bathukamma on the Third Day
The 3 day of the Bathukamma festival coincides with Vidiya, the second day of Ashwayuja Masam. On the day of Muddapappu Bathukamma, the Goddess is given muddapappu, which is nothing but softened boiled lentils, milk, and jaggery.
Nanabiyyam Bathukamma on the Fourth Day
Bathukamma’s fourth day, known as the Nanabiyyam Bathukamma, falls on thidiya, or the 3 day of Aswayuja Masam. Nowadays, we commonly serve nanesina biyyam, which is moist rice, milk, and jaggery.
Atla Bathukamma on the Fifth Day
The fifth day of Bathukamma, known as the Atla Bathukamma, coincides with Chaturthi, or the fourth day of Aswayuja Masam. Today, we make uppudu Pindi, which are pancakes made from wheat flour, or Dosa, and offer it to the Goddess as Naivedhyam. Aligina Bathukamma on the sixth day. The sixth day is Panchami, or the fifth day of Aswayuja Masam. This day has no meal imparting.
Vepakayala Bathukamma on the Seventh Day
The seventh day is sashti, or the sixth day of Ashwayuja Masam. Nowadays, we shape rice flour into the neem tree’s fruit, deep fry it, and serve it as Naivedhyam.
Vennamuddala Bathukamma on the Eighth Day
Saptami, or the seventh day of Ashwayuja Masam, falls on the eighth day of the Bathukamma festival. Today, we offer nuvvulu, which is sesame seeds, Venna, which is butter or ghee, and jaggery.
Saddula Bathukamma on the Ninth Day
The ninth and final day of bathukamma is well known on Ashtami or the eighth day of Ashwayuja Masam, which coincides with Durgashtami. Today, we prepare five different types of cooked rice dishes for dinner, including perugannam saddi (curd rice), chinthapandu pulihora saddi (tamarind rice), nimmakaya saddi (lemon rice), kobbari saddi (coconut rice), and nuvvula saddi (sesame rice).
This festival is well known for its joy and happiness throughout the country, with a special emphasis on the Telangana region. Throughout the celebrations, there will be numerous performances of dance, music, dramas, and other forms of entertainment. This is a time when both tourists and locals flock to witness the festivities.