Neendoor Sri Moolasthanam Chandra Pongal is observed in Makaram month at Nendoor in Kerala. The ritual is held at the original abode of the Goddess worshipped here. Neendoor Sri Moolasthanam Chandra Pongala 2016 date is January 24.
Pongala ritual is an essential feature in many Bhagavathy Temple in Kerala.
Chandra Pongala ritual is held at night.
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. 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.