Attukal Pongala is the Hindu festival that is commemorated at an impressive scale. This twelve-monthly festival has even got its name booked in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest gathering of women in the world.
The feat was recorded during the year 2009 when more than 20.5 lakh females gathered for the occasion.
Several observe the festivity as a prearranged event of immense commotion as followers throng the Hindu sacred place in Thiruvananthapuram offering Pongala. The twelve-monthly assembly is perceptible till to the extent that 10 km from the well known temple.
CHURCHES AND MOSQUES TAKE PART IN The PIOUS FESTIVITY
Despite the reality that Attukal Pongala is a Hindu fiesta, the state and the word witness the personification of spiritual and cultural accord with mosques as well as churches opening their gates for the disciples as hoards of females stand on both sides of the road.
Pongala took place last Friday that was also auspicious for the Muslim communities. Special prayers on Friday took place in all the mosques. The well known Palayam Juma Masjid opened the huge prayer hall for Attukal Pongala devotees whilst the Muslim people offered their Friday prayers in the other section of the mosque.
A lot of families that reached the place from diverse villages, cities or parts of Kerala were even offered space to stay within the Masjid. Besides, the mosque made complete arrangements for their water and refreshments.
A related scene got witnesses on the opposite side of the road as the Palayam Cathedral set up a makeshift counter that got utilized to clear the path of the Hindu followers who reached there to celebrate Attukal Pongala.
The water utilized to make food as offering to Hindu deity Durga was also given by the church members.
This tradition has been accompanied in the state capital for so many year now and the religious heads confirm that this will carry on happening forever.
STATE CELEBRATES ATTUKAL PONGALA
Hoards of females braved the hot Sun as they made Pongala (special prasad) in temporary brick stoves to mollify the presiding goddess of Attukal Bhagavathy temple, in what is called as one of the globe’s biggest all women gatherings.