Attukal Pongala

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Attukkal Bhagavathy Amman Bhadrakali on Attukal Pongala.
Women gathering as part of Attukal pongala

Attukal Pongala is a 10-day festival celebrated at the Attukal Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, during which there is a huge gathering of millions of women on the ninth day. These women prepare a divine food made of rice in earthen pots and offer it to the Goddess of the Temple. The pongala preparation starts with the ritual called 'Aduppuvettu'. This is the lighting of the pongala hearth (called Pandarayaduppu) placed inside the temple by the chief priest. The festival is marked as the largest annual gathering of women by the Guinness World Records. This is the earliest Pongala festival in Kerala. The ceremony was set up in Guinness Book of World Records on February 23, 1997, when 1.5 million women participated in Pongala.[1] In 2009, a new Guinness World Records celebrated 2.5 million attendance.[2] This temple is also known by the name Sabarimala of women.[3]

In 2019 Attukal Pongala was celebrated on Wednesday, 20 February.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ponkala makes it to Guinness". The Hindu. 15 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Largest gathering of women". Guinness World Records. Guinness World Records.
  3. ^ Ponmelil, V. A. "Temples of Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram Attukal Temple". newkerala.com.
  4. ^ Attukal Pongala date and time[1][2]