Here, the demon isn’t a brute!

R. Avadhani
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The idol of Bhetala decked up with flowers at Alladurg in Medak district.- PHOTO: MOHD ARIF
The idol of Bhetala decked up with flowers at Alladurg in Medak district.- PHOTO: MOHD ARIF

Ever heard of people worshipping demons just the way they worship god? Then here’s something that may change our perspective towards human nature and beliefs. It’s a festival at the mandal headquarters that attracts a large number of devotees who come here to offer prayers to Bhetala, Lord of Demons. What is alluring about this out-of-the-ordinary festival is that a demon, also considered as god, is being worshipped only in this region for many years now.

On the fifth day of second half of first Telugu month as per almanac (Chaitra Bahula Panchami), the festival of demon is celebrated at Alladurg mandal headquarters in Medak district.

Celebrations will begin on the first day of the second half of the month (Chaitra Bahula Padyami) with devotees offering ‘bonalu’ in local temples. This is followed by special prayers offered to Bhetala. The programme will continue for almost a month.

On Tuesday alone, more than 5,000 devotees arrived from far-flung places to offer prayers at the temple. Bullock carts, decked up for the occasion, from Raikod, Chinnashankarampet and other places reached here to take part in ‘balla tippudu’ programme.

“This festival is being held for the past many years now. As per my knowledge, this is the only Bhetala temple in the entire Telangana region,” says Devalla Manappa, a local resident.

Devotees offer prayers to Bhetala, Lord of Demons, at an out-of-the-ordinary festival

at Alladurg



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