Bhogi Pongal or Bogi festival is the first day of Pongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu. The similar festival is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka with same name. In 2017, Bhogi Pondal date is January 13.
Bogi festival is dedicated to Lord Indra, the God of clouds and Rains. This is the reason why Bhogi Pongal is also called as Indran.
On Bhogi Pongal, people clean their houses and keep the surroundings neat. They store unwanted and waste goods for this festival. Devotees keep their houses attractive and to welcome all Gods they draw beautiful Kolam (floral designs or rangoli designs). Some types of grains or rice are kept on kolam designs. In some areas, cow dung balls are also kept on kolams.
In the evening, the main ritual called ‘Bhogi Mantalu or the sacred bonfire is performed. The waste material is kept in middle and set fire. In some places, people dance around the Bhogi Mantalu or sacred bonfire.
Panchang, Bhogi Pongal – 13 January 2017
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 07:14 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 17:57
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 19:04 Chandrastama (Moonset) 07:37
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Pratipada – 14:40
Nakshatra Pushya – 23:50
Yoga Vishkambha – 19:04
Karana Taitila – 25:40*
Purnimanta Month Maagha
Amavasyanta Month Paush
Shaka Samvatsara: Durmukhi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Saumya
Rahu Kalam: 11:15 – 12:35
Gulika Kalam: 08:34 – 09:55
Yama Gandam: 15:16 – 16:36
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Dhanu
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Karka
Amrita Kalam 17:50 – 19:20
Abhijit: 12:14 – 12:57
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 08:50 – 10:20
Durmuhurthams: 12:57 – 13:40
In 2016, Bhogi Pondal was on January 14.
In 2015, Bhogi Pongal date was January 14.
In 2014, Bhogi Pondal date was January 13.
In 2013, Bhogi Pondal date was January 13. Bhogi Pongal 2012 date was January 14, 2012.