Pazhakulam Punthalaveetil Temple-Pongala

Pazhakulam Punthalaveetil Amma Temple

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.

Thottam paattu-Three persons tell the story of Devi in three parts on each day and two times in a day first in the evening and later on after Deeparadhana.

Chenda or drum

 Pongala

These are some photographs of the “Pongala” at the Punthalaveetil Temple,  Pazhakulam , Kerala taken in April 2011.

Only women devotees are allowed to participate in this ritual.

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.

Rice, coconut and jaggery are brought by women devotees along with round earthen pots for cooking. The name 'Pongala' means 'to boil over' and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice, sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins.

The cooking pots and fire.

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.

Smoke from the wood fire under holy pots cooking rice and Payasam.

The Chief priest or "Poti" of the temple lighting the main hearth from the divine fire inside the sanctum . This fire is exchanged from one oven to another.

The cooked offerings being blessed by holy water from the temple.

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