The Aattukal Bhagavathi Temple dedicated to the Goddess Bhagavathi is
situated in Thiruvananthapuram city. The name 'Pongala' means 'to boil
over' and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge made of rice,
sweet brown molasses, coconut gratings, nuts and raisins.
Celebration Trends And Rituals
devotees are allowed to participate in this ritual. Right from the
previous night, thousands of women devotees start assembling in the
temple premises and on either sides of the roads leading to the shrine.
Pongala, an exclusive festival
for women, falling in February/ March, is the speciality of this temple.