The government of Telangana has set aside Rs 15 crore for the Ashada Bonalu festivities that will take place this year. The festival will begin on June 22 and continue until July 17. The Golconda Bonalu festival will take place on June 22, followed by the Secunderabad Mahankali Bonalu on July 9 and Rangam on July 10. The festivities in the old city will take place on July 16 and culminate with processions jointly organised by temples in the city on July 17.
A review meeting was held to organise the arrangements for Bonalu. Ministers T Srinivas Yadav and A Indrakaran Redy, along with Chief Secretary Shanti Kumari, Mayor Vijayalaxmi, Director General of Police Anjani Kumar, officials from different departments and representatives of temple committees were present at the meeting. Srinivas Yadav said that Ashada Masam Bonalu and Mahankali Jatara were very special for Telangana, and after the formation of the state, the Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao declared Bonalu a State Festival.
Srinivas Yadav also said that arrangements would be put in place to ensure that devotees do not face any difficulties during the festivities. He added that coordination between various departments would be established to ensure smooth conduct of the festivities. The Balkampet Yellamma Kalyanam will be held on June 20.
Indrakaran Reddy said that a meeting was held with officials and temple committee members to discuss various aspects of the festivities. “The festivities would be held in a grand manner with active participation of all,” he added.