Mathikunnu Bhagavathy Temple Pongala is observed in Makaram month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy and is around 15 km from Thrissur town. Scores of devotees participate in the Pongala ritual held at this Mother Goddess Shrine. Mathikunnu Bhagavathy Temple Pongala 2016 date is February 5.
Pongal' 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. 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.