Pongal is a harvest festival which is rejoicing by all Hindus in whole India, especially in South India and in Tamil Nadu across the globe.
This is a four-day occasion which is observed in the month of Thai, it is the time when the crops such as rice are harvested and people show their appreciation and thankfulness to the God for making their land such a harvest.
The word Pongal is standing for ‘overflow’ or ‘boiling over’ and also signifies the steady heating of the Earth by the Sun. This carnival is regarded as Thai Pongal, begin on this 14th January which will culminate on 17th January.
The Pongal carnival is all set, to begin with, people boiling the harvested rice and then it is offering to the Sun God as their way of presentation regard and appreciation.
Customs and traditions
Tamilians celebrate the occasion by making traditional designs called kolams in their homes which is made-up with the powder of rice.
This powder is available in white also in some other colors too. The kolams are drawn to welcome goddess Lakshmi, as per myth, folk and believes the Goddess Laxmi will be bringing wealth, prosperity and happiness in their home.
For the customary celebrations, various types of recipe prepared with rice, jaggery, and lentils and offered to the family and guest.
Being a holy month, many prefer to get married during the month of Pongal.
The first day of the carnival is dedicated to the god Indra. A massive bonfire is lit and kept burning for the whole the night. Offerings are prepared for the lord and ‘Bhogi Kottus’ or buffalo-skin drums are beaten as people whoop it up in traditional folk songs and dances. They also decorated their house with kolams and cow-dung balls with yellow pumpkin flowers set on them.
Day two is dedicated to the Sun god and some harvest meal is prepared on this day which is made-up with rice, jaggery, turmeric, and lentils then it brings to the boil till it spills over in mud pots. This special dish, with sugarcane sticks, is called Sakkarai Pongal. As per legend, the Lord Sundareshwar breathed life into a stone elephant in the temple of Madurai on this day.
The third day of the festival is celebrated to display their gratitude towards the cattle stock. Elaborate and colorful garlands and bells are tied around the necks of cows and then they perform the ritual.
On the fourth which is the last day known as Kaanum, which means ‘to visit’, when the family and people together to hold massive unions. Landlords offer money, gifts, and clothes to their tenants and brothers also wish their married sisters. The carnival is rejoicing together with near and dear ones and families spend quality time with each other.
Legends and mythology
It is believed that deities woke up after a six-month sleep around this time so those people who offer their worship to the God can attain Moksha or mukti during this period.
The carnival marks the Uttarayana or the beginning of the sun’s six-month journey towards the north.
According to another famous legend, it is believed that Lord Shiva asked his bull Basava that Basava should go in the Earth and to reveals this that as per Lord people should take oil bath every day and have food once a month for six months.
Though, due to Basava’s carelessness, the bull ended up mixing the two and conveyed a message that all should eat daily and take an oil bath every once a month.
This incensed the lord and he punished the bull by cursing him that he will help humans in plowing the fields.
As per another story, the Lord Krishna asked the cowherds to not worship Indra god, so that Krishna can teach him a lesson.
Indra’s arrogance had risen post he was made the king of all deities. In his anger, he made the clouds bring thunderstorms and rains for three days, but Krishna protected the people and he saves the village from rain and storm by lifting the Govardhan Mountain.
This made Indra god realize his mistake and Krishna’s power.
Happy Pongal 2018: Wishes, Images, Greetings, Cards, Quotes Messages, Photos, SMS, WhatsApp and Facebook Status
* May this auspicious festival bring you
Overflowing happiness, joy, and prosperity
Wishing you a blessed and happy Pongal!
* The sun shines brightly
To guide and lead us the way
Towards bountiful harvest season
May you be blessed with prosperity and joy
* Celebrate this day with a heart
Filled with cheer and fervor
Sending my warmest greetings to you
And to your family and loved ones this Pongal.
* While you reading this messages
I hope My Pongal Wishes will spread you
like the sweet Pongal milk
© 2018, thecheckernews.com. All rights reserved.