Attukal Pongala (Pongala Mahotsavam) at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram is one of the largest religious congregation and the largest women congregation in the world. In 2020, Attukal Pongala festival is being celebrated from March 1st to March 10th. And the world popular Attukal Pongala Hearth is on March 9, 2020.
Attukal Pongala is a ten-day festival celebrated in Makaram Masam and Kumbha Masam (February – March) at Attukal Bhagavathy Temple. The festival begins with Kappukettu and Kudiyiruthu. During this, the idol of Bhagavathy Devi is decked with attractive bangles. The major celebration of the 10-day event, the Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam falls on the ninth day. The festival concludes with ‘Kuruthitharpanam’ in the night on 10th day.
Here is the schedule of Attukal Pongala Mahotsavam 2020
Sunday, 1 March 2020
9.30 AM – Kappukettu, Kudiyiruthu
Tuesday, 3 March 2020
9.00 AM – Beginning of Vratham of boys participating in Kuthiyottam offering.
Monday, 9 March 2020
10.20 AM – Lighting of Pongala Hearths
2.10 PM – Sanctification of Pongala
7.30 PM – Kuthiyottam Chooralkuthu
10.30 PM – Commencement of Procession
Tuesday, 10 March 2020
9.30 AM – Kappu Azhippu, Kudiyilakkal
12.30 AM – Kuruthi Tharpanam (sacrificial offering)