Puthiyakavu Pongala is observed at the Sri Puthiyakavu Bhagavathi Temple located near Kollam Railway Station. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on the last friday in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhadrakali. Puthiyakavu Pongala 2017 date is March 10.
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.