Ponkaliamman Festival in Tamil Nadu

The Sri Ponkaliamman temple in Tamil Nadu’s Erode district radiated with the enthusiasm of over 50,000 devotees during the revered Ponkaliamman festival. Thousands of worshippers took part in a magnificent procession on 3 April 2024 (Wednesday) evening, carrying fire torches as a symbol of their unwavering faith.

Important Facts about the Ponkaliamman Festival

  • Celebrated: In honor of Goddess Ponkaliamman (Parvati/Mariamman)
  • Location: Primarily in rural Tamil Nadu
  • Time: Tamil month of Panguni (March-April), lasting 2-3 days
  • Purpose: To seek blessings for health, prosperity, and protection
  • Key Activities:
    • Procession with fire torches (symbol of devotion)
    • Bathing the idol with holy offerings
    • Cultural events, music, dance
    • Food offerings (Pongal, fruits, flowers)
  • Highlights of Sri Ponkaliamman Temple Festival (Erode):
    • Over 50,000 devotees participated in a fire torch procession on April 3, 2024.
    • Devotees believe walking on burning pits during the festival brings blessings.
    • The temple is associated with the legendary Vel Pari, a patron known for his generosity.

Q: In which Tamil month is the Ponkaliamman festival typically celebrated?

a) Masi (February-March)
b) Panguni (March-April)
c) Vaikasi (May-June)
d) Aadi (July-August)

Ans : b) Panguni (March-April)

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