Muharram aka Peerla Pandaga is one of the vibrant festivals of Telangana. Observed throughout the state and much celebrated in Hyderabad, Adilabad, Mancherial, Mandamarri and many more places. The festival mainly marked by a procession of Alam. The communal harmony of state exhibits through this festival, though it is a Muslim festival thousands of Hindu people visits the Alama and offer special rituals to them by offering jaggery, dry coconut garland, clothes, etc.
Muharram is the first month of Muslim calendar. During the ten days of Muharram, Shia Muslims observe mourning to commemorate the death of Imam Hussian, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, son of Ali killed on the battle of Karbala.
Four hundred years old Badeshahi Ashurkhana in Hyderabad draws crores of visitors during this festival. On the final dayof the festival, Alam placed over the top of an elephant and takes as a procession from Bibi Ka Alawa to Masjid-e-llahi. Apart from Hyderabad, many rural parts of Telangana marks the celebrations. It shows brotherhood among the Hindu-Muslim people. Every folk of Telangana is much familiar with this festival and have myriads of childhood memories attached with this festival. It shows the true essence of Telangana culture and traditions.