Thursday, March 5, 2015

The lunch time

 

Free lunch given by Thiruvithancore Cultural Society, at Sastha temple, Manacaud

Pongala pot boils




Boiling rice metaphorically represents the mundane problems and fears boiling to vapour in the divine presence

Smoke and fire







Its all smoke and fire, but you feel the divine presence. Worshipping the supreme mother goddess in a womanly way by cooking rice, is a greatest attribute to woman hood itself. 

Lighting the fire





Getting the fire





Lighting the fire for Attukal pongala 2015 : Scenes in front of Sastha temple, Manacaud

Ready for lighting fire




Women line up before the Sastha temple, Manacaud to light the fire

City in pongala mood


 




Morning pictures






Scenes in front of Sastha temple, Manacaud
Every thing seems ready, the city has itself changed to a divine kitchen to cook the pongala and offer it to the goddess, Attukal amma

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Village diety


Attukal temple premises seen from the nearby field
Attukal still holds the calmness of a village temple even though situated in a busy metro, the Karamana river and the  surrounding fields adds to the village atmosphere.

House full





The temple premises have been been completely occupied by women with pongala pots and fireplace right from the morning, frankly, thereĊ› no space left

The evening rush




The city witnessed a heavy rush to the Attukal temple starting from the morning, long queues of women to get darshan of the diety before pongala could be seen in the temple premises.

The buying spree




Come evening, its time for get together






Women flow through the city roads enjoying every aspect of the Attukal Pongala, be it buying pots or curios items, or coconut husk bundles for making fire. They might meet old faces, friends of yester years, or a neighbour so unexpected, or get a new acquaintance, pongala is a divine communion that brings together everything and everyone.

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Attukal pongala is a festive gathering that fuels economic activity among women, particularly the aged

Salt and pepper



Festival idols







Big figurines of the goddess are erected in various parts of the city to celebrate the festival