Bathukamma is the flower festival celebrated by the Telangana Hindu women in India. It starts on the day of Mahalaya Anavasya, the day before the Durga Navratri starts. It is celebrated for nine days during the Dusshera festivities and culminates on Ashwayuja Ashtami or Durgashtami, two days before Dusshera. (More on the festival here). On the first day a sack of flowers is created by uinque flowers of the season in the form of a gopuram. Women dance around these stacks singing songs and praying to Goddess Gauri, Life-Giver.
It had been more than 15 years that I had an opportunity to celebrate the start of this festival performing the actual rituals. Thanks to a friend I got to do it this year. It was not only fun but it gave me pure satisfaction of doing the entire festivities properly.
To mark this festival, here is a song from the 2008 Telugu film Bathukamma which is pretty much the exact same songs that we sing around the flower stacks for this festival. In the film they were Sung by Ramadevi and Music was composed by Prabhakar.