Chettikulangara Devi Temple located around 5 km from Kayamkulam in Kerala is one of the most famous Shakti shrines in Kerala. The annual Kartika Pongala observed in Makara Masam attracts thousands of devotees. Kartika Pongala 2016 date at Chettikulangara Devi Temple is January 19.
The ritual is observed on the Kartika Nakshatram day 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.