The story of Sankranthi ,part 2


Hello friend….When we talk about festivals ,we have never ending stories .I myself can write a small book on each festival.

I am trying to suppress my enthusiasm and  condense my story in these two parts. There are many things which bring the uniqueness to Sankranthi .As i already talked you about Muggulu and Gobbemma I will move on to other things like..


Bhogi manta


Bhogi manta is the bonfire on the day of Bhogi . This tradition started most probably as an effort to fight the freezing temperatures. Another thing People do is to  burn old ,useless things in the bonfire. Sometimes children who want their parents to buy new things for them ,burn their old things before parents notice them .

Bhogi pallu

My friend's niece
My friend’s niece
plate with Bhogi pallu
plate with Bhogi pallu

It is a tradition of blessing children in a small celebration . All the children from the houses nearby are invited .They have to sit tightly together while we pour a mixture of small coins,Jujube (fruits),flower petals on them .Later they are given viands .Children have attend the same thing at every house in the community . Small kids get to eat many fruits while older kids like to pick up coins.I remember carrying a bag with me in childhood to carry  viands back home.

Hari dasu


Hari dasu is an exquisitely dressed man who comes to every house while singing traditional songs . Women donate some rice to him to get his blessings .It is a profession but i do not remember when was the last time I have seen one.




As i told you Sankranthi is a festival of showing gratitude to Gods ,people as well as animals . How can you forget the most important friend of a farmer ,an Ox. Remember ,before the age of vehicles they used to help a lot in the field .

So during this time ,they are decorated with bunch of clothes,garlands and are called “Gangireddu” .

There is a profession in which people live with the help of Gangireddu . They can play piper and a small hand held drum.They take the decorated Ox to rich houses .They train the animals to perform small tricks like wishing ,dancing in small steps. Pleased landlords give them grain and clothes. This profession is also in the verge of extinction ,mostly because of  modernization.




Sankranthi is a season of betting. This is usually seen in Andhra pradesh . Bettings  involve animals ( Cock fights) which made them illegal . In spite of law ,these things are still going on and crore of money change hands . Sadly politicians and film actors also involved. Here the bettings are taken so seriously that even families are left broken ,and battles happened . ( Battle of Palanadu,for example ).

The roosters used for cock fights are considered very prestigious , the owners spend lakhs of rupees on them . They are fed with costly food,dry fruits daily.

Some more muggulu…..


If you missed the first post here is the link..

The Story of Sankranthi ,part 1

Other festivals…

Karthika pournami :Dazzling home town

Bathukamma : a history , a heritage , a childhood

5 days of TELUGU WEDDING : Day 1,part2

5 days of TELUGU WEDDING : Day 1,part1

5 days of Telugu wedding Day 2



sadhvi mythili


  1. Anjali Sengar
    January 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Very informative post.. Came to know about new things

    • sadhvi mythili
      January 20, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Anjali for stopping by

  2. Indrani
    January 19, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    A very grand festival. I like how you have elaborately described it with lovely captures. Hope you enjoyed the festival.

    • sadhvi mythili
      January 20, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Glad you loved the festival and my post dear…

  3. Maitreni Mishra
    January 23, 2016 at 12:43 am

    It’s great to know about your diverse culture dear Thanks for sharing!

    • sadhvi mythili
      January 23, 2016 at 9:41 am

      It is always been a pleasure to share what i know ,thanks dear

  4. Alok Singhal
    January 23, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    A great account of Sankranthi. You seem to be very excited about it…pictures are speaking all of that!

    • sadhvi mythili
      January 25, 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks Alok , I like the celebrations very much , I believe they played a very important role in bringing me up ,they are part of me.

  5. Mridula
    January 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    You have covered the festival beautifully. The small girl with flower petals looks so cute!

    • sadhvi mythili
      January 26, 2016 at 11:34 am

      I really like the elation festivals bring Mridula ,thanks. The little girl is my friends niece.

  6. Leena Walawalkar
    February 1, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Festivals add to the colours of our life in a beautiful way, and you’ve so wonderfully depicted that dear!
    (was away, a big big hi after a while :))

    • sadhvi mythili
      February 1, 2016 at 6:30 am

      Hey Leena,thanks dear .(it’s really been a while)

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