Like every year, the capital city witnessed its streets thronging with millions of women adorning their best of attires to offer their supreme goddess, Attukalamma, her favourite delicacies. By igniting fire on their hearths and hearts, the women immersed themselves in sheer devotion. All consumed by the swathing smoke and sweltering heat, the city played host to women folks coming from the nook and cranny of the state. Sidelining all its other activities, the city made room for world’s largest women’s festival, Attukal pongala.
It is believed that Pongala is a festival celebrated to commemorate ‘Kannaki’, the principal character of Tamil epic Silappathikaram. The legend goes that Kannaki, whose husband was mistakenly killed by the Madurai rulers, took revenge on it by burning the city down. On her way to Kodungalloor, Kannaki took rest in the city. Later, her devotees built a temple in her memory, Attukal temple and offered various delicacies to the deity.
This tradition has been going on for years. This year also the devotees flocked the city to offer their favourite goddess her sarkara payasams and therali appams.
Express photographers Manu R Mavelil, B P Deepu and Vishulal B S lapped up myriad Pongala hues on their cameras.