It was in the month of July….
One item on my to-do list was to explore “Golconda Fort” at the time of Bonalu festival (It is a colorful festival celebrated across Telangana). It has been pending since long, so one fine morning; I picked up my beast (that’s how I refer to my camera) and decided to make it happen.
It’s an hour-long drive to Golconda from my place. Once I reached there, collected my entry ticket and headed towards the fort. On the way I found many groups of people here and there on the side way who were preparing a meal. Now don’t be surprised by thinking why would someone cook in the premise of the fort! Bonalu festival or also called as “Goddess Mahankali Bonalu” is considered a thanksgiving to the Goddess for fulfillment of vows and “Bonam” means the meal or feast which is offered to Goddess Mahankali. The first day of Bonalu is commenced from Golconda fort at Goddess Mahankali temple inside the Golconda fort. Hence, some of devotees prepare the meal as an offering then and there inside the Golconda fort. The place was filled with people who belonged to different religions. I could actually feel the true essence of diversity.
Among one such group was an old man sitting on a boulder. He had a serious look on his face (hardly smiled); seemed to be the eldest in that group and was indulged in serious conversation with his family. His attire and persona caught my eye. I wanted to take a picture of him, but was feeling hesitant at first thinking that he might feel uncomfortable as I was standing close to him. Later I decided to approach him and ask if it is OK to take a picture. He agreed, saying “Sure” with a subtle smile.
To be frank, I didn’t expect he would accept my request; judging by the looks he did not seem to be a friendly person. May be the saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is true after all…! While I was busy trying to get my picture right, ladies who were sitting next to him started giggling; they were actually teasing him. Once I was done, I thanked him for being patient with me and moved forward. This was one of such incidents I experienced on that day, which made it special. As I moved ahead, I felt happy that I made it to Golconda during Bonalu and was lucky enough to meet interesting people and witness a colorful event.
P.S.: I have added a couple of more clicks I took on that day to the post.
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6 and this is my post for Day 4 for the prompt “Feature a day in your life or someone else’s life”
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Beautiful photography, Keerthi. 🙂 Loved the colors, the story and the clarity in the photos. And the man’s expression too. 😀
Thanks a lot vinay 🙂
Fabulous clicks, Kheer! I heard about this festival from one of my colleagues but didn’t know about it in detail. You’ve covered the human emotions beautifully thru your beast. Keep clicking! 🙂
Thank u saumy ?
Truly a day, well spent. Loved the colourful pics. ?
Thanks a lot apeksha. ?
The best way to capture the essence of a place is through its people and it’s festivals. You have done a beautiful job of capturing both.
Thanks a lot. I am glad you liked them 🙂
I loved all your pics. I love such candid captures which can depict stories and so much warmth.
Means a lot. Thank a lot sheethal 🙂
I have been meaning to visit Golconda fort since long – I am ahistory and architecture buff and missed out on doing so during my one single visit to Hyderabad. Waiting to go there again to fulfill this dream. I believe the audio guide has a voice over by Amitabh Bacchan 🙂
I loved your pics Keerthi esp of the staircase- thats so festive and unusual. I am often amazed by the variety in our customs over regions!
Lovely post – I really enjoyed it a lot! Do share more picture posts!!! 🙂
Thanks a lot Shalini…I love going there, i am bit healthy so it takes lot of effort for me to reach the top most point but still i enjoy doing it. I visit Golconda often. Let me know when u are here i can take you there!
Your photos are truly amazing ! You’ve captured the essence of Golconda perfectly. Great post.
Am glad you liked them. Thank u 🙂
I have stayed in Hyderabad for two years and it indubitably is a lovely city to live in. despite being a cosmopolitan city, it is calm and moves at an easy pace. m glad you enjoyed too. 🙂
Oh its like a paradise to me….Its been 13 years now that i am here and the city still amazes me with its ever evolving nature! I am glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by showing your love 🙂
Loved the snaps Keerthi. Would love to visit the place whenever I get a chance .. Thanks for writing about it ..
Do try to visit in monsoon, with all that lush of greenery its looks even more beautiful! I am glad you liked it! Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂
Awesome coverage of the Bonalu Festival I never knew it took place in the precincts of the fort. Thank you for sharing.