18 Famous Telangana Fairs and Festivals

18 Famous Telangana Fairs and Festivals

Compared to other regions of Telugu, Telangana has a unique culture and is a separate state distinct from the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. Telangana celebrations are characterized by well-defined rituals, myths and rituals and are marked by colors. Thus, the calendar in Telangana has a diverse weave of celebrations with diverse events and festivals.

The festivals of Telangana are unique to them as they are custom made according to the legends and stories around the region.

18 Major Festivals in Telangana

Telangana celebrations give uniform and equal enthusiasm to the celebrations as they include people of all religions and castes. Two features that distinguish the state are the exceptional reverence for female deities and the universality of the ceremonies.

1. Bathukamma Festival :

Bathukamma festival is a vibrant flower festival which is one of the most famous festivals of Telangana and is celebrated before the onset of winter during the half monsoon season. It is a nine-day celebration beginning with Engili Pula Bathukamma on Mahalaya Amavasya and ending with Saddula Bathukamma on Durgastami. During these nine days, Bathukamma is beautifully decorated with different types of flowers arranged in cone shape on large plates and different meals (nivedya) are served. Children and women dressed in traditional costumes mark the Bathukamma in the center and clap their hands around and sing. Finally Bathukamma was immersed in water. The motive behind this celebration is that the flowers clean the lakes and rivers naturally.

Main attraction : Young girls and women sing beautiful songs and dance around the Bathukamma arrangement.

When: September-October.

Where: All over Telangana.

Duration of Utsavam : Nine days.

Date of Bathukamma Festival in 2022: 25 September 2022 - 3 October 2022.

2. Bonal Festival :

Twin Cities of Telangana Region: Bonalu is one of the festivals celebrated in the Telugu month of Aashada (July or August) along with Secunderabad and Hyderabad along with other parts of Telangana. On this day women cook bonams (brass pots) filled with jaggery, milk and cooked rice. Special pujas are also performed to honor Goddess Mahankali. This pot is decorated using neem leaves, turmeric and saffron. They put it on their heads and offer it to Amma in gratitude.

On the first Sunday, the Bonala festivities begin with Golconda Fort. On the second day, at Ujjain Mahankali Temple in Secunderabad and Balkampet Ellamma Temple in Balkampet. During the Telugu month of Ashadam, the third Sunday takes place at the Katta and Pochamma temples and the Mateshwari temple in the old city's Lal Darwaja. Other temples like the Akkana Madanna Temple in Haribouli and the Mutyalamma Temple in Shah Ali Banda are famous for Bonas. Many devotees visit temples to worship Goddess Mahankali.

Main attraction : Women make Bonam and offer it to Goddess by hanging it on their head. Poturaju, Rangam, Ghatam.

When: July-August.

Location: Twin Cities and other parts of Telangana.

Duration of Festival: Four Sundays of Ashadam, of which two days are observed in different regions.

3. Dussehra (Navratri) :

Dussehra (Dasara), also known as Navratri, is an important Hindu festival celebrated in Telangana and across India. The festival lasts for ten consecutive days and each day is dedicated to a personal incarnation of the Goddess such as Bala Tripura Sundari, Gayatri, Annapurna, Kamakshi, Lalita, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Durga and Raja Rajeshwari. 8th day is called Durgashtami. Mahanavami marks the ninth day of Navratri Adyupuja, during which people apologize to all the instruments in their lives. On Vijayadashami, the 10th day of Dussehra, Amma wears the form of Durga. On the day of Dussehra, the idol of the demon king Ravana is set off with firecrackers to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

Main attraction: Amma dressing up in different avatars for nine days. Then, on the tenth day, she takes the form of Goddess Durga.

When: September-October.

Duration of the festival: Ten days.

Dussehra Festival Date in 2022: 26 September 2022 – 5 October 2022.

4. Ganesh Chaturthi :

While Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with tremendous fervour throughout India, Telangana's version of the festival is particularly charming. Lord Ganesha celebrates his birthday on this day. With great devotion, Lord Ganesha and his followers do pooja utilizing a variety of flowers and foliage. Throughout the state, there are a lot of pandals devoted to idols that are immersed in water on the third, fifth, or ninth day. Many delicacies are prepared, including Undrallu and Modaka, which are regarded as Ganesha's most well-known meals.

The main draws are the Nimarjan procession and the large mandapam of Ganesha.

When: September or August.

Where: Across the state, Hyderabad is the most well-liked.

Utsavam lasts for eleven days.

Date of the 2023 Ganesh Chaturthi Festival: September 19, 2023

Five. Holi:

Another popular holiday in the nation is Holi, which is enjoyed by both adults and children. Regardless of religion, it's a terrific time for people to enjoy themselves and let go of taboos. The love tale of Radhakrishna is currently the focus of the custom of dousing everything in vibrant hues. In Telangana, Holi is said to unite people for a truly remarkable occasion.

Main draw: Color-related activity is enjoyable for both adults and children.

Date: March.

Where: All around the state.

The festival lasts for one day.

Holi Festival Date in 2023: 8 March 2023.

6. Sankranti :

Sankranti is an annual harvest festival celebrated in Telangana with great celebrations. This festival is held for three days. The first day of the celebrations is Bhogi and the second day is Sankranti and the third day is the festival Kanuma. On Bhogi is the time to burn old things to remove negative energy from their lives. The front of the house is beautifully decorated with bright rangoli and gobbemma (dung balls). Residents dress in fresh clothes, greet each other and honor the fruits of their labor. Additionally, the Telangana government organizes the International Kite Festival at Necklace Road on the banks of Hussain Sagar Lake.

Important attraction: Beautiful rangolis are placed in front of houses and people of all ages love to fly kites.

When: January.

Where: Statewide.

Festival Duration: Three days.

Date of Sankranti Festival in 2023: 14 January 2023 to 17 January 2023

7. Diwali:

Telangana celebrates Diwali, which stands for the triumph of good over evil, with considerable fanfare. One of the largest Hindu holidays, it is also known as the festival of light and is observed on Amavasya day. Fireworks light up the moonless sky, making the houses appear bright throughout the majority of the day.

The main draws are the brightly lit residences and fireworks.

When: October or November.

Where: All over Telangana.

Festival : lasts for one day.

Diwali Festival Date in 2022: 24 October 2022

8. Ugadi :

There is an Ugadi (also known as Yugadi festival in Telangana), celebrated as one of the Telugu New Year according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. It is also known as Satsavadi, which means the beginning of a new year. The custom of making Ugadi Pickle (Uragaya) is six flavors masala, sweet and two types of bitter, sour and In this celebration of the combination of salt it is important to remember how life has gone and to stand by the good times and the bad times.

Main attraction: Ugadipacchadi (pickle) is prepared using a mixture of six different flavors, Panchangasravanam.

When: March or April.

Where: All over Telangana.

Festival : lasts for one day.

Ugadi Festival in 2023: 22 March 2023

9. Ramzan:

Ramzan can be celebrated with great enthusiasm in Telangana. The celebration is based on the Islamic calendar, which is based on the visibility of the moon. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and neither eat nor drink water. An alternative is that Muslims eat breakfast in the early morning known as Suhur. Haleem is one of the dishes you will find during the holy month of Ramadan.

Key attraction : Charminar is a place where you can find beautiful things to buy throughout the day, however, during the holy month of Ramadan, the beauty is enhanced. A range of haleem and sweet dishes.

When: April-May.

Where: Statewide.

Festival : lasts for 29-30 days.

Date of Ramadan Festival in 2023: 22 March 2023 to 21 April 2023.

10. Festival of Peers:

In Telangana, Muharram is referred to as the festival of Peers and is significant to Muslims. People participate in a march during the celebration, representing the complete collection—which includes Sufi shrines—while singing Yahussain. For Muslims who are grieving the loss of Imam Hussain, the Pirla celebration is tragic.

A must-see attraction: Muslims offer up prayers in groups for forgiveness.

In August.

Where: Statewide.

Duration of Festival: One day.

Muharram Festival in 2023: 29 July 2023

11. Medaram Fair :

Medaram Jatara is the biggest traditional festival of Telangana tribals and is also known as Sammakka Saralamma Jatara. This festival is celebrated at least once every 2 years in the town of Medaram and is dedicated to the deity mother and daughter Saralamma and Sammakka who died in a fierce battle. In the evening, Samayana will take Goddess Saralamma from Kanneboinapalle village. Then people carry Sammakka deity from Chilukalagutta. Estimates suggest that around 1.3 million people will attend the fair, second only to the Kumbh Mela.

Main attraction: Shows.

When: February.

Where: Medaram.

Festival Duration: Four days.

Date of Medaram Fair in 2024: 16 February 2024 - 19 February 2024.

12. Pedgattu Fair :

The Pedgattu Jatara is the second largest religious event in Telangana and is held every year for two consecutive years. This is a fair held in the name of Goddess Chaudamma along with Lingamanti, the deities of the day. During the five-day celebration, different poojas are performed to the deities, as people believe that they are incarnations of Lord Shiva and his consort Chaudamma. 10 to 15 thousand devotees will attend the Jatara Jatara.

Main attraction: Different types of rituals are performed.

When: February.

Where: Durajpally.

Festival duration: Five days.

13. Seven-footed fair:

Nagsanpally is a small locality in Medak district that comes alive with the Idupulapayajatara festival held every year in the month of Shivratri. The name refers to the confluence of seven rivers in the Manjirari River. Over the decades the area has gained religious significance. People from all over Telangana come to the shrine to expiate their past sins and pay obeisance to the deities and attract around five lakh people to the shrine. It is customary to sacrifice sheep and chickens to bless the goddess and fulfill their wishes. Most of the devotees spend a night at this place so the experience of the fair is more special.

   Main attraction: Shops and stalls offering a wide variety of goods.

When: February.

Where: Idupulapaya, Medak District.

Festival: It lasts for three days.

14. Kurumurthy Swami Jatara:

Kurumurthy Swamy Jatara is celebrated by the citizens of Telangana in November and lasts for seven days. It is the oldest temple in Telangana, Sri Kurumurthy Swamy Temple is believed to be Tirupati for the poor. Thousands of devotees visit the fair to pray and have a glimpse of Lord Vishnu. Sri Vari Uddava Seva is considered to be the main event of the Brahmotsavam celebrations, during which thousands of devotees present the Padukas of Swami to Kurumurthy Swami in a procession.

Main attraction: Brahmotsavam celebrations.

When: November.

Where: Kurupathi Hills, Mahbubnagar District.

Festival: It lasts for seven days.

15. Komuravelli Mallanna Jatara :

Komuravelli Mallikarjuna Swami Jatara is held by the same name in Komuravelli village of Siddipet district. Devotees pray to Lord Shiva during the fair and perform ceremonies during the month of Mahashivratri. Another attraction that takes place in this mela is the creation of unique rangoli on the balcony of the temple by the members of the Og Pujari group. At least 10000 people will attend the fair across Telangana.

Main attraction : Special rangoli in front of temple balcony Oggukatha (Patnam) .

When: January-April.

Place: Komuravelli, Siddipet District.

Festival: Duration is two months.

16. Chittaramma Jatara :

Chittarammajatara is held in the temple with the same name. It is located in the Gajularamaram community of Hyderabad and is considered one of the most popular celebrations in the state. It is celebrated in Pushya month according to Telugu calendar. Chittaaramma of Gajularamaram village is known as village deity or local deity. It is estimated that more than three thousand devotees from across the state will flock to the temple.

Important attraction: Huge crowds praying to the deity.

When: January.

Where: Gajula Ramaram.

Duration of Festival: One day.

17. Sadr Festival :

The Yadav community of Hyderabad is known to celebrate their Sadar celebrations in Telangana with great enthusiasm. It is celebrated on the first day of Diwali and is also known as the festival of ploughmen. The buffalo owners were surprised to see this ceremony. The sturdiest buffalo is paraded before the gifting, which is selected on the advice of the Yadav family. In the following, all the buffaloes are beautifully decorated and paraded through the streets of Hyderabad chanting Wah Wa Yadav.

Main attraction: procession of beautifully decorated buffaloes, acrobatics and acrobatics performed by the buffaloes.

When: October or November.

Where: Kachiguda, Hyderabad.

Festival : Duration is one day.

Date of Sadr Festival in 2022: 25 October 2022

18. Numaish (Exhibition) :

Numaish or Numaish Masnut-e Mulki is an annual consumer event held in Hyderabad, Telangana. The main venue of the exhibition is at Nampally and is unique in the world. It lasts for 46 days and is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors in a single day. The exhibition features a variety of items from every region of India. It also has entertainment and food for shoppers at the exhibition.

Main attraction: Stalls selling clothes, jewelery and other crafts from across India.

When: January-February.

Where: Nampally, Hyderabad.

Festival : lasts for 46 days.

India is a multi-region country with diverse cultures. Telangana celebrations provide a glimpse into the culture and tradition of the region. The inhabitants of the state celebrate all their festivals with great pomp and fanfare. If you want to embrace Telangana culture, plan your trip around major events. Let us know if you found this article helpful!

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