The historic Golconda Fort and its surroundings here on Sunday turned into a sea of devotees on account of the Bonalu festival. Womenfolk — housewives and girls, attired in their best, carried “Bonams” on their heads and presented them to the presiding deity Goddess Mahakali in the form of Renuka Yellamma Thalli on the occasion.
Apart from the local population, thousands of devotees from other parts of Greater Hyderabad and surrounding districts started pouring onto the Fort premises since early morning. In view of the festival, the city police made elaborate arrangements to prevent any hardship to the devotees on the occasion. Many devotees, who realized their dreams with the blessings of the Goddess, presented “Thottelas” (traditional bamboo made cradles) to the Ammavaru with utmost devotion. (NSS)