Record of 4 million women to attend famous Attukal Pongala

Published on: 26 Feb, 2013
Published under: General Kerala News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

25 Feb 2013

Billed by Guinness World Records as the single largest gathering of women in the world, a staggering 4mn devotees are expected to cook offerings as part of the famous Attukal Pongala festival to be held here today.The women line up on either side of roads in the capital city to cook their offering (“pongala”) on makeshift stoves of bricks and firewood.In the last edition of this annual event, organisers said more than 3.5mn women took part.

The “pongala” event marks the penultimate day of the 10-day-long Attukal Pongala festival, often referred to as the equivalent of the Sabarimala pilgrimage for women.Devotees worship at a temple in Thiruvananthapuram city dedicated to Attukal Bhagavathi, believed to be an incarnation of Kannaki, the central character of the Tamil epic Silappathikaaram.

The women who take part in the festival wear new clothes and arrive with pots and raw material needed for cooking the offering.


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