Kottangal Devi Temple is located about 14 km from Mallapally in Pathanamthitta District in Kerala. The Pongala festival organized in Malayalam Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Kottangal Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is February 14.
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 with 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.