Goddess Pochamma is widely worshipped in the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. She is the Mother who protects people from all kinds of diseases; she protects their wealth and she saves them from enemies. Goddess Pochamma temples are found in most villages in Telangana and she is a guardian deity. The most important festival associated with Goddess Pochamma is the Bonalu festival which is observed in the month of Ashada (July – August). Pochamma's idol has some affinity with the idol of Goddess Kali. She is also known for creating problems and difficulties for people if any disloyalty is shown towards her. She creates diseases like measles, smallpox and rashes on the body. Small pox changes the complexion of the person. In Adilabad district, Pochamma is known as Gajjelamma.

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