Legends of Pongal

Legends of Pongal

There are two legends attached with this festival:First legend is related to Lord Indra and Second Legend is related to Lord Shiva.




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Pongal History

Pongal History

The history of Pongal begins from the Sangam Age i.e. from 200 B.C. to 300 A.D. The name Pongal is associated with a traditional dish which is made up of sweet rice and it is prepared on this occasion.


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Other Names Of Pongal

Other Names Of Pongal

Other names of Pongal- Check out the article to know the regional and international names of Pongal....





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Pongal

Pongal Celebration

Pongal Celebrations

Pongal is a harvest festival of south India. It is a four day festival starting from 13th of January to 16th of January. The festival also coincides with the other important festivals Lohri and Makar Sankranti. All these festivals are celebrated when rice and other cereals are harvested. On the day of Pongal, the entrances of homes are decorated with beautiful rangolis or kolams which are made with rice flour to feed the insects and gain their blessings for the household. People buy new clothes ,sweets and prepare mouth-watering dishes to celebrate the festival with zeal.Also on this day,Bull fights, bird fights and community dinners are also arranged.

People enjoy pongal for four successive days starting with Bogi Pongal and ends with Kaanum Pongal. The Pongal festival celebration marks the end of the harvesting season. On the first day, i.e. Bogi Pongal, people thank Lord Indra. The second day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya. The third day of Pongal i.e. Maattu Pongal is meant for thanking the cattle. The fourth day, Kaanum Pongal, marks the end of the Pongal. On this day, people go for shopping and visiting their friends and relativesfor exchanging wishes.