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Parakkulam Pongala – Thannithode Parakkulam Sree Durga Devi Temple Kartika Pongala Festival

Parakkulam Sree Durga Devi Temple is located at Thannithode and is around 16 km from Konni in Kerala. The annual Pongala festival in the temple is observed on Kartika Nakshatram in Kumbham month. The shrine is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavathy. Thannithode Parakkulam Sree Durga Devi Temple Pongala festival 2016 date is February 15.

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.