Traditional bonalu festivals across Telangana will start on July 15, and this time the state government will present the Mahankali temple at Secunderabad a 3.8 kg "golden bonam" worth Rs 1 crore for the hugely popular event thronged by thousands of devotees.
This was stated by Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav after a review meeting along with Excise and Prohibition Minister T Padma Rao Goud at the Secretariat.
The minister released a replica of the 3.8 kg golden bonam to be presented to goddess Ujjaini Mahankali.
While the Mahankali bonalu will be held on July 29, another key activity, the Rangam, will be held on July 30. The officials concerned were directed to make arrangements for hassle-free movement of the devotees that congregate in huge numbers. A special shed will be erected at the Mahankali temple, and arrangements for basic amenities, traffic regulation, CC camera surveillance, security and parking will be handled.
As many as 145 temples in the twin cities will be illuminated with bright and attractive lights for the event, and plenty of cultural activities will be conducted.