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Thousands of women offered Pongala to Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy at Neerattupuram, near Thiruvalla as part of the annual Pongala festival of the temple on Monday.
The ritual began with ‘Ganapathi homam’ at 3:30 am. Chief priest Radhakrishnan Namboodiri lighted the main Pongala hearth in front of the temple with the sacred fire brought from the sanctum sanctum at 9:00 am.
The fire was then transferred to the thousands of small hearths prepared on the temple premises and surrounding areas.