The Bonalu festival of Telangana is revered as one of the iconic celebrations of the state – dating back to a cholera epidemic in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad in the 1800s.
It is believed that the Goddess Mahankali, saved the cities from the epidemic in exchange for her idol being installed in the city. The annual festival has since become a hotbed of Telangana pride and is considered a state festival by many. We observed a ritual in practice last Bonalu, a form of animal sacrifice that accompanies.
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