Pongala will be held on February 27 at 10.50am. The trust has arranged facilities for the darshan for 5,000 devotees on a day in compliance with social distancing norms. Pongala will be held only in the main hearth. Holy water will be sprinkled at 3.40pm.
Pongala Festival at Attukal Devi Temple will began on Friday amid strict adherence to Covid -19 protocol. The trust authorities said that all rituals like ‘kappukettu’, ‘pongala’ and procession will be conducted by avoiding public gathering. Pongala will be held on February 27 at 10.50am. The trust has arranged facilities for the darshan for 5,000 devotees on a day in compliance with social distancing norms. Pongala will be held only in the main hearth. Holy water will be sprinkled at 3.40pm.
Devotees have been asked to offer ‘pongala’ in their houses this year. In the wake of rising Covid-19 cases in the state, Attukal Temple trust committee had earlier decided to offer ‘pongala’ in main hearth (pandara aduppu) alone. Mass ‘pongala’ on temple premises will not be conducted this year. Earlier in a meeting convened by minister Kadakampally Surendran, it was decided that ‘pongala’ shall be confined to temple premises and no ‘pongala’ shall be allowed on streets to prevent gathering of people.
The city police too are prepared to ensure safety of devotees during the festival. Police will be deploying a force of 1,500 personnel on the streets in and around the temple. Besides preventing crimes, the main focus of police will be to ensure that social distancing is maintained among devotees who visit the temple during the festival.
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