This year’s 11-day Bonalu festival drew to a colourful close on Sunday, 31 July with the city of Hyderabad celebrating with a final procession.
The festival celebrates the Goddess Mahakali who Hindus believe saved Hyderabad and Secunderabad from a plague that broke out in the 19th century. Worshippers celebrate the Mother Goddess in all her regional forms during the festival.
Women make up a large part of the festival-goers and they often celebrate by dressing in traditional saris and dancing with a pot balancing on their head. They often prepare a meal to make an offering to the goddess.
As well as Hyderabad, the festival is celebrated in Secunderabad and other parts of Telangana. The cities celebrate with a carnival-like atmosphere with large numbers of people flocking to the towns to celebrate at their temples.