Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Procession

Attukal Devi arrives at the Sastha Temple Manacaud, in procession

Back home

Women returning home after Pongala

After Pongala

Women wait for the scared springling after Pongala

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lighting the fire

Lighting the fire

Pongala pots ready!

Waiting for the auspicious moment

Monday, March 9, 2009

Pongala photos

Scenes from Attukal temple premise
Women have started flowing to the Attukal Temple premises from the dawn today. Every nook and corner around the temple are filled with women who have come from distant places to offer pongala to Attukal Devi. The celebration has begun

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Theruvilakku procession

Theruvilakku is an offering given to Attukal Devi. Theruvilakku looks like a decorated temple like structure. They are taken on the head by men and dance according to the percussion (usually meyyandimelam) that accompany. Theruvilakku processions that start usually at night end at the Attukal temple.

Kudiyiruthu ceremony video

Attukal Pongala Festival begins

Thousands of devotees thronged the Attukal Devi Temple to witness the Kudiyiruthu ceremony, which marks the beginning of the Attukal Pongala festival; the ceremony was held at 9.30 PM. As men began singing the Thottampattu, at the panthal made in front of the temple, women hailed the divinity with kurava in the traditional way. The festival will end with the famous Attukal Pongala on March 10.