Bhagavathi or Devi is considered as female aspect of the divine Shakthi, the female counterpart without whom the male aspect remains impotent.
Shakthi is the energy and Shakthi worship is a vital part of Hindu Tradition.
Devi manifests herself as Creator (Durga or the Divine Mother), Preserver (Lakshmi, Parvathy and Saraswaty) and Destroyer (Mahishasura-Mardini, Kali). Devi is worshipped mostly in the form of divine mother.
These are some photographs of the “Pongala” at the Punthalaveetil Temple, Pazhakulam , Kerala taken in April 2011.
The annual Pongala festival of Attukal Bhagavathi temple, one of the world’s biggest devotional congregations of women, has made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.
These photos are of the ‘Pongala” in small -scale at our beloved local Devi Temple.
Women participating in the Pongala squat in a radius of several kilometres around the temple to cook the mixture of rice, jaggery and coconut in earthen pots that is offered to the goddess seeking divine blessings.