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In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival

  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • Political unrest aside, the state united to celebrate the Hindu festival Bonalu, celebrated to thank the Goddess Kali.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • A woman dances in trance as she carries a decorated pot filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali, seen through the tines of a trident, during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • Women carry decorated pots filled with cooked rice as an offering for the goddess Mahakali during the 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • The pots contain cooked rice, jaggery other food items and are offerings to Goddess Mahakali.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • The festival happens during the monsoons in South India. It is a month long affair for the prayers of the Goddess Kali.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • Bonam means Bojanaalu or a meal in Telugu, is an offering to the Goddess. The offerings are carried to the Goddess in earthen pots by the women.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • An artist dances balancing a pot on his head during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • A young Indian artist performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu'.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • Women bring cooked rice with milk, sugar etc in a brass or earthen pot, adorned with small neem branches and turmeric, vermilion or white chalk.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • During the festival the Goddess is appeased with offerings of food and is thanked for protecting the people from evil and diseases.
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • A man performs with fire during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • Artists rest in front of closed shops as it rains during a procession of 'Bonalu' festival. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • An artist Shiva dressed as Lord Shiva eats ice cream while sitting in front of a closed shop as he takes a break during the 'Bonalu' festival in Hyderabad, India, Sunday, July 17, 2011. (AP)
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival
  • In pics: Telangana's Bonalu festival