Karikkakom Pongala is observed at the Sri Chamundi Temple located in Thiruvananthapuram. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the Makam Nakshatram in Meenam month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Chamundi form of Goddess Shakti. Karikkakom Pongala 2016 date is March 21. The shrine is located off the NH47 bypass road and is around 7 km from Trivandrum town.
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 using 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.