The Bathukamma festival, a pride festival of Telangana, started in Warangal on Saturday. The nine-day festival began with Engili Poola Bathukamma, where women dressed in colorful clothes gathered at temples. The festival starts on Mahalaya Amavasya, also known as Pethra Amavasya. On the first day, women offered naivedyam made with sesame seeds and rice flour.
At the Thousand Pillars Temple, women sang Bathukamma songs and danced around the Bathukamma. The festival concludes with Saddula Bathukamma, also known as Durgashtami, on the ninth day. Women immerse the Bathukamma in water bodies to end the festival.