Pune Pongala Festival – Pune Attukal Devi Temple Pongala Festival



Pune Attukal Devi Temple is at Indrayani Nagar in Bhosari, Pune, and is around 20 km from Pune city center. The Pongala festival organized in Malayalam Kumbham month attracts scores of devotees. Pune Attukal Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2016 date is February 23. The ritual is observed on the same day when the world famous Attukal Pongala is held in Trivandrum in Kerala.

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.