Sunday, February 16, 2014

Attukal Pongal, the largest congregation of women in the world, Kerala

- By Shobna Iyer

Attukal Pongala at the Attukal Bhagavathy temple in Thiruvananthapuram is the largest congregation of women in the world (it won a Guiness for this!)

The ceremony involves boiling pongala (a mix of rice, jaggery and coconut) till it overflows. The overflow is necessary to appease the wrathful aspect of feminine energy. Once appeased, the goddess is capable of far-reaching changes in human life.

Interesting isn’t it? Once anger leaves us, we understand better, we make our own miracles with solutions. But for anger to leave us we must first give its due, it may demand apology, a reassurance, a kind stroke of understanding or some form of reconciliation. Then, it settles but it will show its face again. Thus a ritual of attentive reassurance comes to be.

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