Attukal Pongala

Women performing the Pongala ritual during the annual Attukal Pongala
Attukal Pongala | Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Women performing the Pongala ritual during the annual Attukal Pongala.

Attukal Pongala is a Hindu religious festival of Attukal Bhagavathy Temple where only women devotees are allowed to participate. Attukal Pongala has been entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest annual gathering of women.

156 Replies to “Attukal Pongala”

  1. you captured the beauty of it perfectly!Have witnessed the holy ceremony many times, and the way you clicked it…seems to have a life of its own.
    Did u just redo ur site? Nice change.

  2. A great mix of individual and organised reverence amongst the steaming rice and smoking fires – really enjoy the lines disappearing off into the denser smoke. Many thanks

  3. the layout change is good! especially wht u did with the ‘category’ part. The main page takes a lil time to load though, but the blame is on my low speed net.
    keep up the great work!

  4. Amazing eye to see this wonderful composition. If people had of been standing in front of them I think it would have taken away from the composition a little. Great photo!

  5. anhaa .. the culture of kerala :)) jushi bringing variety to the blog :D kollaam :D n that bit of info was enlightening though i have seen this scene quite often :P ..

  6. So natural…so beautifully captured..
    Thanks I didn’t know about it. Checked about the festival in Wikipedia.
    The pilgrims from all over the country, who visit Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple and worship the Lord, do not consider their visits complete without the visit to the shrine of the supreme Mother Attukalamma.

  7. After researching the festival a bit, I can see that these women represent only a fraction of the participants. To see the entire festival must be quite an experience. The diagonal of the photo guides the eye into the scene and the DOF is just perfect. Nice work, Joshi.

  8. First of all, Joshi, i love the new look of your site. BRAVO.

    Secondly, “the largest annual gathering of women!” WOW. I think I’d like to participate in that once!

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