Hyderabad: Rains that lashed the city on Thursday came as a dampener for scores of Bathukamma festivities that were planned across the city.
From apartments to colonies to gated townships, women for the last several days were preparing for the day but rains that gained strength in the second half of the day disrupted most of the programmes.
In some colonies, temples were decked up and arrangements were made for women to gather around for Bathukamma while residential welfare associations too came up with events in colony playgrounds. At some places, women were seen braving the rain and playing Bathukamma and then heading for the nearest water body for immersion.
Guinness attempt watered down
Rains on Thursday played spoilsport and delayed an imminent entry into the Guinness Book of World Records for over 3,000 women who gathered in the Lal Bahadur Stadium here to celebrate ‘Saddula Bathukamma’, the final day of Telangana’s popular floral festival.
The women, donning yellow and green saris distributed by the Department of Culture and Tourism, assembled to form the shape of the ‘Tangedu’, the State flower of Telangana, but could not complete the formation with incessant rains proving to be a major obstacle to their efforts. The same fate met the attempt to set a record for the largest flower arrangement.
Official Guinness World Records adjudicator Swapnil Dangarikar said inclement weather had caused ‘destruction to the mega event’.
“We are considering both events as rehearsals. The organisers still have two more chances to set the record,” he said.
Tourism Secretary B Venkatesham said plans were afoot to conduct the same event in a couple of months and that the Guinness team had agreed to the same. The rains affected Saddula Bathukamma events in other parts of the city as well, but failed to dampen the spirit of the women, who bid adieu to the festival they had been celebrating over the last nine days in style.
Women folks celebrated Saddula Bathukamma, finale of the unique cultural affair of Telangana, with much enthusiasm and pomp across in the district on Thursday.
Dressed in their traditional best, women from all walks of life attended the celebrations held on the premises of Sri Vishwanatha Swamy temple of the town and in some important junctions. They prepared Bathukammas with various vibrant-coloured flowers and arrived at the venues by carrying them on their heads.
The women sang songs hailing goddess Bathukamma. They danced to traditional songs and folk numbers. Their spirit was not damped by brief showers registered in the evening. People prepared different sweet dishes to present to the goddess. They shared the eatables with their dear ones and friends at the venues. Finally, they immersed Bathukammas in nearby tanks, streams, and water bodies by taking out a procession, marking the conclusion of the nine-day-long ceremony.
Undeterred by heavy rain, women in large numbers participated in Bathukamma festival across Sangareddy district. Though the day remained cloudy since morning, Sangareddy town and most parts of the district witnessed a sudden downpour during the evening.
Women arrived at Mahabubsagar tank in Sangareddy town from various colonies to play Bathukamma. Meanwhile, the celebrations were organised on a grand note on Komatchervu bund in Sididpet town.
Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao distributed prizes to women, who prepared colourful Bathukammas on the eve of Saddula Bathukamma. He visited Komatichervu and few other places in the town congratulate the women.
The Minister’s wife Srinitha and his daughter too participated in the celebrations. In Medak, women in large numbers participated in the Bathukamma festivities.
Caption: Irrigation Minister Harish Rao’s wife Srinitha and his daughter arriving at Komaticheruvu to participate in Bathukamma festivities in Siddipet on Thursday.
Saddula Bathukamma was celebrated by the women across the district on a grand scale. As village tanks, which were restored under Mission Kakatiya, are almost full due to rains, the women favoured playing Bathukamma near the village tanks instead of other venues in the villages.
In Suryapet, women played Bathukamma at Saddala Cheruvu, which is being developed as mini tank bund under Mission Kakatiya. Special arrangements such as lighting and music systems were arranged at the venue. Minister for Power and SC Development G Jagdish Reddy also attended the celebrations.
In Nalgonda, Saddula Bathukamma was celebrated at Vallabharao Cheruvu. The sudden rain in Bhudhan Pochampally and Motakodur mandals in Yadadri-Bhongir district hampered Bathukamma celebrations for a while in the evening.