--> Skip to main content


Golconda Bonalu at Sri Jagdamba Mahankali Temple at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

Bonalu is dedicated to Amman – Mother Goddess – and is observed on all Sundays in Ashada month in the Telangana Region in India. The first Sunday Bonalu is observed at the Sri Jagdamba Mahankali Temple at Golconda Fort. Sundays and Thursdays are chosen to observe the ritual. Goddess Mahankali is offered special prayers during Bonalu. The main ritual involves bonam – cooked rice and jaggery.

Golconda Bonalu at Sri Jagdamba Mahankali Temple at Golconda Fort in Hyderabad

In Bonalu, devotees take out jhoola and ratham procession to the temple and offer bonam, containing cooked rice mixed with jaggery in a pot along with neem leaves and saka (pure water). The highlight of the procession is men adorning the role of Potharaju - brother of Goddess Mahankali. They lead the processions.

The other famous Bonalu in Hyderabad are held at the Lal Darwaza Mahankali temple and the Ujjaini Mahankali Temple.