Attukal Pongala is the most important festival of Attukal Bhagavathy .Attukal temple in Thiruvananthapuram is known as ‘Sabarimala of Women’ and every year women worshipers who come to offer pongala to Attukal devi increases by lakhs. Women take part in the annual Pongala offering seem to forget the heat, the glare of the sun and the smoke.
The Pongala, which has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest religious gathering of women on a single day, marks the culmination of the 10-day-long annual festival at the Attukal Bhagavathy temple in the city which falls on February – March every year (The month of Makaram – Kumbham on Malayalam calendar).
Attukal Pongala 2018 festival begian on February 22nd, Thursday and concludes on March 03rd, Saturday.The world famous Attukal Pongala is on March 02nd, Friday.
Women from various parts in and out of the state prepare the offering ‘Pongala’ in fresh earthen or metal pots in makeshift brick stoves for Attukal Devi.Lakhs of bricks are abandoned by devotees.
Large number of police and Fire Rescue Services personnel and the officers of different government departments have been deployed in the festival area to serve the devotees.Police have deployed 4200 personnel in the city.Drone surveillance, women commando wing and CCTV surveillance are among the arrangements made by the police.