- Known as the largest women religious congregation of the world
- It is celebrated in Thiruvananthapuram
- Special trains will run for this festival
Attukal Pongala is a 10 day festival celebrated at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. During this time, the most important ritual is held on the 9th day where millions of female devotees gather together. It is said to be the largest annual gathering of women in the world.
Wao fact: This festival earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records on 10th March 2009, when 2.5 million women attended it.
Here, at this festival women prepare sweet Pongal which is like a pudding made of rice, jaggery, coconut, and plantains and offer it to the Goddess or ‘Bhagavathy.’
Did you know?
>The ritual can only be performed by women
>Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is also known by the name ‘Sabarimala of women.’
>Attukal Pongala 2019 will be celebrated tomorrow
Note: On February 20, special trains will run from Kollam Jn, Thiruvananthapuram central and Kochuveli.
How to reach?
Nearest railway station: Thiruvananthapuram Railway Station, about 2 km away from the temple.
Nearest airport: Trivandrum International Airport, about 6.8 km away from the temple.
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