Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located at Edathitta in Pathanamthitta in Kerala. The annual Makarapongala festival is observed in Makaram month and attracts scores of devotees. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple is located around 10 from Pathanamthitta town. Edathitta Bhagavathy Temple Makara Pongala Festival 2016 date is January 26.
'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.