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|Attukal Pongala 2015|
Attukal Pongala is a leading Hindu festival celebrated annually at the renowned Attukal Devi Temple in Trivandrum, Kerala. Attukal Pongala has become a symbol of devotion and dedication to Devi, the Mother goddess and above all a celebration of womanhood. Pongala is a special temple practice of offering boiled rice in earthen pot to the goddess. Pongala explores the inner chemistry of the body, mind and soul; recharging the devotee with a sublime happiness and make her spiritually and mentally equipped to face the challenges of the future. The significance of Attukal Devi Temple Pongala is the largest gathering of women in the world irrespective of caste, creed or religion. Last year more than 30 lakh women participated in the Attukal Pongala festival and has also entered the Guinness Book of World Records twice as the largest gathering of women in the world.
Attukal Pongala is a 10 days festival program which falls on February – March every year. The festival begins on the Karthika star with the traditional Kappukettu and Kudiyiruthu ceremony. The ninth day of the festival is the major attraction of the Pongala Mahotsavam day and the festival will conclude with the Kuruthitharpanam at night.
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How to Reach Attukal Temple
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple is just 2 Km from Trivandrum city and is located at a rural-looking area, although the surroundings are highly urbanized.
By Road : Trivandrum Central Bus Station located at Thampanoor is about 2 Km from the temple and there is a City Bus Station which located at EastFort [ 1.5 Km from temple ]
By Rail : Trivandrum Central Railway station is the nearest one which located at Thampanoor [ 2 Km from the shrine ]
By Air : Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the nearest one, located at Valiyathura is about 7 Km from temple. Many international air carriers operate daily international flights to Middle East, Male and Sri Lanka from Thiruvananthapuram.
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple
P.B.No. 5805, Manacaud P.O.,
Thiruvananthapuram - 695 009,
Phone : +91 471 246 3130
Fax : +91 471 245 6457
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : www.attukal.org