Attukal Pongala is a 10-day religious festival celebrated at the Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram in the Indian state of Kerala. On the nineth day there is a huge gathering of millions of women on the temple surroundings. These women prepare a divine food made of rice in earthen pots and offer it to the Attukal Amma. The pongala preparation starts with the ritual called 'Aduppuvettu'. This is the lighting of the pongala hearth placed inside the temple by the chief priest. This is the earliest Pongala festival in Kerala.
The festival is marked as the largest annual gathering of women by the Guinness World Records. The ceremony was set up in Guinness Book of World Records on February 23, 1997, when 1.5 million women participated in Pongala. In 2009, a new Guinness World Records celebrated 2.5 million attendance. This temple is also known as the Sabarimala for women.
On the occasion of 'Attukal Pongala', devotees thronged Attukal Bhagavathy Temple to offer prayers and perform rituals. District Collector declared a holiday today and asked people to offer 'pongala'..
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