Bathukamma ‑ A Women Empowerment Festival

Event Name Bathukamma - A Women Empowerment Festival
Start Date 13th Oct 2018 5:45pm
End Date 13th Oct 2018 10:45pm
Duration 5 hours
Description

The South Australia Telangana Association is celebrating Bathukamma Festival on Saturday 13th October 2018 from 5.45pm at Denison Centre, Mawson Lakes School, followed by homemade dinner at 8.30pm.

Bathukamma is a Women Empowerment festival... blessing a girl to live forever and enjoy her life according to her wishes.

It is celebrated in Telangana state, India.

Centuries ago, King Dharmangadha ruled some part of the Southern India. He and his wife Sathyavathi were childless for several years. They performed many prayers and rituals to have a child. His wife gave birth to hundred children, but all of them were dead in the war. They were in deep sadness.

King Dharmangadha and Satyavathi prayed to Lord Shiva for another child. Sathyavathi soon gave birth to a baby girl. The baby was very tiny and weak. She was ill for several days. She didn’t look like she would survive. Her parents named her Bathukamma, meaning ‘live Mother Goddess’. Every day her mother collected seasonal flowers with medicinal values. They were stacked on a plate in the shape of cone (which is now called 'Bathukamma'). She would then sing songs and dance around it and leave it in the nearby pond. Slowly, every girl in the kingdom joined her in making Bathukamma, singing and dancing. Bathukamma survived!

It has become a ritual every year.  Since then, Bathukamma festival is celebrated for nine days every year in the month of September or October based on the moon calendar in Telangana, India.

It is a Free event, but RSVP IS ESSENTIAL

To RSVP: please contact Lingampally Venkat by phone: 0401 881 896 or email: telangana.adelaide@gmail.com

Further informationwww.satelangana.org.au

Where: Denison Centre, Mawson Lakes School, Garden Terrace, Mawson Lakes