Book A Pandit At Your Doorstep For Navratri Puja Book Now

Bathukamma 2023: Festival Dates, History and Details

99Pandit Ji
Last Updated:October 3, 2023

Book a pandit for Bathukamma Festival in a single click

Verified Pandit For Puja At Your Doorstep

99Pandit

Bathukamma is a unique, vibrant, and eye-catching festival celebrated by the people living in the regions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Bathukamma 2023 is an integral part of the cultural identity of this region. This Festival is celebrated with flowers that only grow in this region. 

Bathukamma is celebrated during the latter part of the monsoon and just before the onset of the winter season. Ponds are filled with monsoon rains. Wildflowers bloom all over the region in different hues. 

Bathukamma 2023

Bathukamma 2023 is an important festival that is celebrated in the state of Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. This festival is celebrated to celebrate the beginning of the ‘Sarad’ season also known as ‘sarad ruthu’. 

The Bathukamma 2023 festival is celebrated for nine days. Bathukamma 2023 is celebrated in tandem with the Navratri festival. The Bathukamma festival is usually celebrated in the month of September or October. The Bathukamma 2023 festival is being celebrated in the month of October. 

99pandit

100% FREE CALL TO DECIDE DATE(MUHURAT)

99pandit

The first day of Bathukamma 2023 is declared a public holiday and the last day of  Bathukamma 2023 falls on the day of Durga Ashthami. The last day of Bathukamma 2023 falls two days before the festival of Dussehra.

When does Bathukamma fall this year (2023)? 

Bathukamma is a nine-day festival that is celebrated in the regions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Bathukamma 2023 festival will be celebrated from October 14 2023 to October 23 2023. It is a popular festival in Telangana and the first day of Bathukamma 2023 is a public holiday. 

Bathukamma: An overview 

It is important to mention the types of flowers used to celebrate Bathukamma 2023. Wildflowers are called ‘Poolu’ in the region. The most abundant varieties of wildflowers found in the region are ‘Gunuka Poolu’ and ‘Tangedu Poolu’. Chenmati, Banti, and Nandi-Vardhanam are some of the other varieties of wildflowers that grow in the region.

Bathukamma 2023 is an important festival celebrated by Telugu-speaking people in the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. People make a special arrangement of flowers in the Bathukamma 2023 festival. Flowers are arranged and stacked in a form that resembles the ‘Gopuram’ of a temple. 

Bathukamma 2023

The stack of flowers is made in specific ways in the Bathukumma 2023 festival. Flowers are arranged in seven layers to form the right kind of stack of flowers which resembles the shape of the ‘gopuram’ of a temple. Special types of flowers are used to make the flower stack for the Bathukamma 2023 festival. Both seasonal and medicinal flowers are used to make the flower stack for the Bathukamma 2023 festival. 

Bathukamma 2023 festival is celebrated to honour women. Bathukamma 2023 festival is mostly celebrated by both men and women but it is mainly celebrated by women. Women celebrate the Bathukamma 2023 festival wearing their finest attire. They wear jewellery that matches their attire.

Celebrations of Bathukamma 2023 

The Bathukamma 2023 festival is celebrated in a traditional manner. First of all, the festival begins with the cleaning of the courtyard by the women of the house. Bathukamma or the stack of flowers is prepared in the first five days of the Bathukamma 2023 festival. Bathukamma can be prepared with the help of cow dung. 

Usually, five cone-shaped lumps are placed in the courtyard of the house. Flowers are used to decorate Bathukamma prepared with the help of cowdung. Wild flowers are used to decorate Bathukamma for the Bathukamma 2023 festival. Bathukamma prepared with cow dung is decorated with wildflowers on the subsequent days of Bathukamma 2023. Men of the house collect wildflowers for decorating Bathukamma from far and wide. 

A symbolic idol of Devi Parvati also known as Ma Gauri is placed inside the Bathukamma. The symbolic idol of Devi Parvati is made in the shape of a ball with the help of turmeric paste. This idol is placed inside the Bathukamma. This idol is known as ‘Guramma’.

On the ninth day and the last day of Bathukamma 2023, flowers used for decorating Bathukamma 2023 are immersed in the river nearby. Before the immersion of the flowers, the turmeric ball in the Bathukamma is retrieved. Married women use this to apply on their ‘Mangalsutras’

Bathukamma 2023

This is done to receive the blessings of Devi Parvati to protect their family and marriage. Melodious songs are sung by women on the occasion of Bathukamma 2023. These songs cover the milestones in the lives of these women, their relationships, joys, and sorrows.

As mentioned earlier, the Bathukamma 2023 festival is celebrated for nine days. On each day, different offerings are made to ‘Guramma’, Devi Parvati. These offerings are known as ‘Naivedyam’.  

Nine-day Bathukamma Festival 

Each day of the Bathukamma festival is celebrated with joy. Every day is known by a different name and different food is offered to Devi Parvati during the Bathukamma festival.  

Day One:
Engili Puvvula Bathukamma 

The first day of Batukhamma is known as Engili Puvvula Bathukamma. Worshippers pay homage to their ancestors by offering food. Rice and sesame seeds are offered. 

Day Two:
Atukula Batukhamma 

Atukula Batukhamma is celebrated on the second day of Batukhamma 2023. It is celebrated on Ashwayuja Padyami. On this day, worshippers offer Atukula and Naivedyam. Flattened rice and jaggery is offered. 

Day Three:
Muddapuvvu Batukhamma 

On the third day of Batukhamma 2023, Muddapuvvu Batukhamma is celebrated. Muddapuvvu Batukhamma is made up of four types of flowers, namely, Mudda Chamanthi, Mudda Banthi flowers, Gunaka Puvvu, and Thangedu Puvvu. Maddapappu and rice are offered as Naivedyam. Rice and dal are also offered. 

Day Four:
Nanabiyyam Batukhamma 

Nanabiyyam Batukhamma is celebrated on the fourth day of Batukhamma 2023. It is celebrated on Ashwayuja tritiya. Worshippers offer Nanina Biyyam (soaked rice) and jaggery on this day. 

99pandit

100% FREE CALL TO DECIDE DATE(MUHURAT)

99pandit

Day Five:
Atla Batukhamma 

On the fifth day of Batukhamma, Atla Batukhamma is celebrated. Women offer atlu (roti type of food or ‘dosa’) as naivedyam. 

Day Six:
Alaka Batukhamma 

Alka Batukhamma is celebrated on Ashwayuja Panchami. Naivedyam is not prepared on this day. This day is also known as Lalitha Panchami. It is believed that Devi Durga felt hurt on this day. 

Day Seven:
Vepakayala Batukhamma 

Vepakayala batukhamma is celebrated on Ashwayuja sashthi. On this day, worshippers offer Sakinala Pindi is offered as Naivedyam which is in the shape of Vepakaya (Neem fruit). 

Day Eight:
Venna Muddala Batukhamma 

On the eighth day of Batukhamma, Venna Muddala Batukhamma is celebrated. On this day, worshippers offer Naivedyam with butter. Butterballs, ghee, jaggery, and sesame seeds are offered. 

Day Nine:
Saddula Batukhamma 

Sadulla Batukhamma is celebrated on Ashwayuja Ashthami. Five types of rice, namely, curd rice, sesame seed rice, tamarind rice, coconut rice, lemon rice and one sweet, namely, malleda, is offered on this day.       

Bathukamma 2023: Important Dates 

Devotees can find all the important details of Bathukhamma 2023 here. 

Day Date Name of Festival Offerings 
Day 1 October 14 Engili Pula Bathukamma 
  • Sesame seeds mixed with rice flour 
  • Coarsely ground wet rice 
Day 2 October 15 Atkula Bathukamma 
  • Flattened and para-boiled rice 
  • Jaggery 
  • Boiled lentils 
Day 3October 16 Mundapappu Bathukamma 
  • Boiled lentils 
  • Milk 
  • Jaggery 
Day 4 October 17 Nanabiyaam Bathukamma 
  • Jaggery 
  • Milk 
  • Wet Rice 
Day 5 October 18 Atla Bathukamma 
  • Dosa 
  • Wheat pancakes 
Day 6 October 19 Aligina Bathukamma No food offering 
Day 7 October 20 Vepakeyala Bathukamma Deep fried rice flour cakes shaped as fruits of neem tree
Day 8 October 21 Vennamuddula Bathukamma 
  • Sesame seeds 
  • Butter / Ghee 
  • Jaggery 
Day 9 October 22 Saddula Bathukamma Five types of cooked rice 

  • Coconut rice 
  • Tamarind rice 
  • Curd Rice 
  • Sesame rice 
  • Lemon rice 

History and Origin of Bathukamma Festival 

Bathukamma 2023 is the festival of life celebrated in the regions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Bathukamma festival is celebrated to worship Devi Parvati and thanks her for the abundance of crops and the prosperity generated because of it in the year. 

The Bathukamma 2023 festival is celebrated to seek the blessings of Devi Parvati and ask her to return with a bountiful harvest of crops in the next year. 

It is believed that the festival of Bathukamma originated during the rule of the King of the Chola dynasty King Dharmangada. Her wife gave birth to Devi Lakshmi after years of prayers and worship. They named her Bathukamma which means mother and life. 

The word Bathukamma is a combination of two words, namely, ‘Bathu’ and ‘Amma’. ‘Bathu’ means life and ‘Amma’ means Devi Parvati. Bathukamma means ‘Mother Goddess come back to life’. Their daughter faced many accidents but survived and thrived to become a healthy young girl. 

That is why, this festival is celebrated by women. Bathukamma 2023 is also celebrated as a dedication to Devi Gauri to mark her battle against Mahishasura which took place for nine days. This became the reason for celebrating the nine-day festival of Navratri. 

Regardless of the origin of the festival of Bathukamma 2023 or the related history of the festival, Bathukamma 2023 is a time of great festivity and joy for everyone, especially for women. 

It is believed that Goddess Gauri went to sleep after winning her battle with Mahishasur. She is said to have woken up on the tenth day of Bathukamma, also known as Dashmi Day. Devi Parvati, who is also known as Bathukamma is believed to be fond of flowers. 

Flowers are arranged in the shape of the ‘gopuram’ of a temple. Flowers are arranged in this way to seek the blessings of Devi Parvati.  

The Essence of Bathukamma 

Bathukamma festival is the celebration of the relationship between Mother Nature, Water, and Human Beings. Women make a clay form of Devi Durga. This clay form is known as ‘Boddemma’. Women immerse ‘Boddemma’ in a pond along with Bathukamma. 

This process is very important in the beliefs of the people. Immersing these idol forms helps in magnifying the power of the pond and helps it to retain more water. Flowers immersed in the pond purify and clean the water. The quality of water in the pond is enhanced.  

Bathukamma 2023 has cultural significance. It is a method of preserving the culture of the region. There are other benefits also. It is commonly known that water resources have been depleted in recent times. Immersing idol forms along with flowers is an important part of the Bathukamma festival.

Bathukamma 2023

The flowers immersed in the pond help in purifying the pond and improving the quality of water in the pond. Thus, Bathukamma is not only a way of preserving the culture it is also a festival of preserving natural resources such as water which are important for the survival of human beings and other life forms. 

Bathukamma pays homage to the agrarian spirit. It celebrates the spirit of unity among humankind and the undying spirit of women. It is an important festival for celebrating the resources of nature and bringing people closer.   

In this blog post, we have learnt that the Bathukamma celebration starts a week before Saddula Bathukamma, which marks the last day of Bathukamma 2023. It is celebrated in the regions of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh where women visit their maternal homes and breathe in the fresh air of flowers and herald the beauty of their maternal homes. 

They make rangolis with flowers and play around them. On the last day of Bathukamma 2023, the men of the family go explore the wild for ‘Gunuka’ and ‘tangedi’ which are the two common varieties of wildflowers found in the region. Members of the entire household come together to celebrate Bathukamma 2023.  

Rituals of Bathukamma 2023 

Women get dressed up in their best attire and in the neighbourhood. They go around the stack of flowers also known as Bathukamma and celebrate unity, nature, and culture. 

On the final day of the celebration of Bathkamma, women carry plates on their heads and move towards a large pond in the area to immerse in the clay form of Devi Parvati and flowers used for making Bathukamma. 

Bathukamma 2023 ends on a happy note when ‘maleeda’ which is a dessert made of cornbread and raw sugar is shared among them and members of the family. These women return home singing praises for Bathukamma. The streets echo and resonate with the sounds of cheer. 

Bathukamma 2023

The first five days of Bathukamma 2023 go in preparation. These days are celebrated with cleaning and whitewashing the houses. Cow dung is used to purify the ambience of the house and welcome Devi Gauri for seeking her blessings. 

As per the tradition of Bathukamma, men of the family are given the responsibility of collecting flowers to decorate Bathukamma. Women of the house decorate the house with rangoli designs made with whitewash or rice flour paste. The arrangement of flowers in the shape of ‘Gopuram’ of a temple is done by women. 

It is known as Bathukamma. Flowers are arranged in concentric rings in a clay pot. The top of the arrangement of Bathukamma is decorated with pumpkin flowers and turmeric lumps. 

99pandit

100% FREE CALL TO DECIDE DATE(MUHURAT)

99pandit

As per the traditions of this festival, on the nine days of the Bathukamma 2023 festival, young unmarried girls dance around Bathukamma singing traditional songs and stories from the past. 

A sweet dish called ‘Maleeda’ which is made up of jaggery is prepared during Bathukamma and distributed among the worshippers after the puja. As a part of rituals for Bathukamma 2023, flowers are immersed in the nearby pond after worshipping Devi Gauri with sweets and flowers. 

As a part of the traditions, cultural activities such as music, dance, and theatre are organized during Baathukamma 2023. Street plays are an important part of Baathukamma 2023. Local street dramas known as ‘Jataras’ are an integral part of Bathukamma 2023. It is an important attraction of Baathukamma 2023. Special traditional songs are also sung during the celebration of Baathukamma 2023. 

Colours, water, and flowers are an important part of the rituals of Baathukamma 2023. During the rituals of Baathukamma 2023, women wear traditional sarees and adorn themselves with gold jewellery and young girls wear ‘Langa Oni’ which are half sarees. Married women exchange kumkum and turmeric on each other’s faces after Baathukamma is immersed in water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.What is Bathukamma 2023?

A.Bathukamma is a nine-day festival to celebrate agricultural harvest. Offerings are made to Devi Parvati, also known as Bathukamma. Worshippers offer different foods on the nine days of Bathukamma 2023.

Q.Where is Bathukamma celebrated?

A.Bathukamma 2023 is celebrated in the areas of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. It is mainly celebrated in villages and towns of this region.

Q.Who celebrates Bathukamma 2023?

A.Bathukamma 2023 is celebrated by both men and women. Women celebrate the rituals of Bathukhamma 2023 with joy and men mostly gather flowers from nearby regions.

Q.What are the rituals of Bathukamma 2023?

A.Flowers are stacked in the form of concentric cones in Bathukamma 2023. Women and unmarried girls get dressed in traditional attire such as saree and ‘Langa Oni’. Sacred turmeric paste ball is worshipped as Bathukamma. After the celebrations of Batukhamma 2023, flowers are immersed in a nearby river or pond.

Q.In which month is Bathukamma 2023 celebrated?

A.Bathukamma is usually celebrated in the month of September or October. Batukhamma 2023 will be celebrated from October 14 to October 22.

99Pandit

100% FREE CALL TO DECIDE DATE(MUHURAT)

99Pandit
Book A Astrologer