Azhakulam Sree Bhagavathy Temple is located at Azhakulam near Kovalam in Kerala. The shrine is around 2 km from Kovalam. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Azhakulam Sree Bhagavathy Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is January 21.
The ritual is annually held in Makaram month.
'Pongala' ritual comprises of preparing ‘prasad’ for the deity outside the shrine. Women cook rice and jaggery in earthen pots and they offer it to the Goddess. They also cook different type of sweet dishes – called ‘mandaputtu,’ ‘appam,’ ‘therali’ – made out of rice powder and jaggery. Coconut tree fronds are used to cook the ‘prasad.’
The temple is decorated during the period with lights, lamp, plantain, coconut fronds, flowers etc.
Holy fire from the temple is taken out to start the fire for cooking Pongala.