Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple Pongala



Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple is located at Nedumudi in Alappuzha District in Kerala. The shrine is around 11 km from Alappuzha. The annual Pongala observed in Makara Masam attracts thousands of devotees. Pongala 2016 date at Nedumudi Kottaram Sree Bhagavathy Temple is January 19.

The ritual is observed on the Makara Chowwa day in Makaram month.

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. 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.