Sarkara Devi Temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Bhagavathy and is located near Chirayinkeezhu in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the shrine attracts thousands of devotees. Sarkara Devi Temple Pongala Festival 2016 date is February 14.
The annual ritual is observed on the first day of Malayalam Kumbham month as per traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed 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 – 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.