Monday, March 1, 2010
Preparing the dough
Carving out face with fingers
The human face in the mandapputtu
Mandapputtu is another snack made during pongala as an offering to bhagavati. It is believed that offering mandapputtu will relieve you from all problems related to head. Mandapputtu is prepared from a mix of green gram, rice flour and jaggery. The dough is first prepared with aboveingredients and then made to balls. A human face will be carved out in these balls using fingers. The balls are then steam cooked.
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Roll the vayana leaf to a conical shape
Fill the cone with dough
Place the filled cones in a steam cooker
Steam cook for twenty minutes and therali is ready
Therali is one of the sweet smelling snack offered to the goddess. Therali appam is usually made during pongala and on festivals like Sivarathri. Rice powder, jaggery, banana, cardamom, grated coconut, ghee and vayana (therali) leaf are the required stuff to make this sweet snack. Mix all the ingredients together with a small amount of water to make the dough. Roll the vayana leaves like a cone and fill them with dough. Steam cook for 20-25 minutes.
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Women wait for the official announcement to light the fire
Pongala gathers millions every year. It is the greatest gathering of women on earth who come to ward of their agonies offering pongala to Attukal Bhagavati. In modern terms it can be called a mass psychological counselling session. Pongala is a purgation of emotion and a catharsis takes place, leaving the mind calm and clean.
at 11:41 AM
Millions of women offered Attukal Pongala as a tribute to Attukal Bhagavati. Pongala explores the inner chemistry of the body, mind and soul recharging the devotee with a sublime happiness, purifies the mind and make her spiritually and mentally equipped to face the challenges of the future.
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