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Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple Pongala festival



Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple is located off the National Highway 47 at Punnapra. The annual Pongala festival at Aravukadu is observed in Makaram Month. Hundreds of people participate in the annual ritual. Punnapra Aravukad Sreedevi Temple Pongala 2017 date is February 7.

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.

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 annual ritual is observed on Makayiram Nakshatram in Makaram Month.