This last Saturday, The Telugu community in Northeast Ohio celebrated Bathukamma ninth year in a row.
One of the highlights is the center of the celebrations, a 9 feet tall meticulously arranged beautiful Bathukamma, symbolically marking 9 years since the first celebration took place in Northeast Ohio and the significance of 9 days of Dasara festival.
Bathukamma is celebrated predominantly in Telangana and some parts of Andhra Pradesh. Central piece of the celebrations is a beautiful flower stack, arranged with different unique seasonal flowers most of them with medicinal values, in seven concentric layers in the shape of temple gopuram called Bathukamma.
In Telugu, ‘Bathukamma’ means ‘Mother Goddess come Alive’.
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This year’s event was held at Macedonia, Ohio, attended by 800+ people from The Telugu community from all over Northeast Ohio.
The celebrations are commenced with folk songs and dance.
Ashok Kolla, Sarat Kommineni, Saleem Shaik, Ramarao Panguluri, Durga Prasad Chettibhaktuni, Ravi Vadlamudi
Srikrishna Prasad Muvva, Siva R Bhimavarapu, Venkata Ramana Earla, Madhavi Kasturi, Saleem Shaik, Suresh Penumudy, Ramarao Appana, Giri Raju Ayyagari, Sitarama Reddy Tondapu, Dr. Sampath Alapati, Geeta Thondapu, Vishu Dakappagari
Event was concluded with immersion of bathukamma, raffle draw and dinner. The event was made possible with the involvement of a number of volunteers from The Telugu Community.