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Malayalapuzha Temple Pongala Festival – Malayalapuzha Devi Bhagavathy Temple Pongala

Malayalapuzha Devi Temple is located around 8 km from Pathanamthitta. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. Malayalapuzha Temple Pongala festival 2024 date is January 15. The annual Pongala festival observed in the temple attracts thousands of women devotees. The ritual in the temple is observed during Makar Sankranti period. The temple is decorated during the period traditionally.

The fire for Pongala is brought out from the sanctum sanctorum.

'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.’