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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.’

Kodungallur Temple Thalappoli Festival In 2024

Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple at Kodungalloor in Thrissur District in Kerala is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathi. This is the most popular Shakti shrine in Kerala. The Thalappoli festival in the temple is observed during the Makar Sankranti period. Kodungallur Temple Thalappoli Festival 2024 date is January 15 to January 18. Thalappoli is a unique ritual in Kerala. In the ritual, women and young girls carry thalam (plate) in their hands. Thalam is filled with rice, flowers and a lighted lamp. It is a symbol of prosperity. In some temples, only unmarried girls are allowed to take Thalappoli. The temple is decorated with plantain, tender coconut, coconut leaves and lamps for the occasion. The annual Pooram festival in the temple is held in Malayalam Meena Masam.

Don’t Be God Fearing – Be God Loving

We have plenty of God-fearing people around us. Then we have God-loving people who are very rare. Anything that is good is rare. When God is fear, it is not true belief or devotion. It is the result of ignorance and lack of true knowledge. If you are a Hindu and you fear God, then it is time to go back to basics. In Sanatana Dharma, there is no God who rules by fear. As per Hindu teachings, God does not reside in the heaven and decide on punishments. God does not distribute good luck and bad luck. God does not sit up and distribute poverty and wealth. God Fearing people are scared of punishments, bad luck, poverty, fear of future… the list is endless. They approach God out of fear. They do not pray because of devotion instead fear is forcing them to pray. As per Hinduism, God is your friend, philosopher, guide, lover, child… God is available in any form but not in the form of oppressor or punisher. Be God Loving then we will not run after rituals and fake godmen. Wh