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Kazhakkoottam Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple Pongala Festival

Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple is located at Kazhakkoottam in Thiruvananthapuram District in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed in Malayalam Kumbham month. The ritual attracts scores of devotees. Kazhakkoottam Punnattu Thampuran Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is March 2.

'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 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.