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PONGALA UTHSAVAM

February 7, 2015 at 6:53 pm by admin

This years Pongala Mahotsavam (Kalamvaippu) will be held on 2015 February 24( Kumbham 12)  in Nedungad Puliyampilly Bagavathy Temple .

Pongala is a Hindu religious festival. 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. Generally women devotees participate in this ritual. Devotees offer pongala to appease the presiding deity of the temple – the Goddess  Puliyampilly  Bhagavathy .

Rice, coconut and jaggery are brought by women devotees along with round earthen pots for cooking. Women participating in the Pongala squat around the temple to cook the mixture of rice, jaggery and coconut in earthen pots that is offered to the goddess seeking divine blessings. The Chief Priest of the temple lights the main hearth from the divine fire inside the sanctum sanctorum. This fire is exchanged from one oven to another.

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During the Ashtamangalamprasnam, the Devajnan specially mentioned about the significance of Kumbhabharani Kalamvaippu in our temple and along with that he said about the importance of participation from all the devotees irrespective of caste and creed. The ceremony is exclusively confined to women folk and the enormous crowd, which gathers in the premise of our temple.

This is a divine moment where the women folk offers their self prepared porridge  to Puliyampilly Bhagavathi as Pongala Nivedyam.


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