Pongal South India Festivals 2021: Complete Guide | Based on Agriculture Festival
Pongal is a South Indian festival which is celebrated in Tamilnadu and some part of the Kerala. It is celebrated for 4 days with different different names. Pongal is a festival that is completely based on agriculture of India, and it is related with Makar Sakranti. Pongal South India Festivals
Why Pongal is celebrated in South India?
Pongal is a major festival of South India. There are two historical stories behind celebrating it, which is associated with Hindu Sanatan Dharma.
According to the first story. (Pongal South India Festivals 2021)
Shiv ji once told the bell named Mattoo that you go to the earth and tell the people of the earth that they have to apply oil bath once a day and eat once a month. Mattoo accidentally said the opposite, he said to the people of the earth. The people of the earth have to eat once a day and take oil bath once a month. Bholenath got enraged by this and he told him that now you will help the people in the field. Ever since Mattu or bell started working with us in the fields.
According to the second story. (Pongal South India Festivals 2021)
Shri Krishna was born in Dwapar Yuga and one day he told the people of Gokul that instead of worshiping Indra Dev, you should worship Govardhan. The people of Gokul started worshiping Govardhan by believing in the word of Shri Krishna, on this Indra Dev got angry and he rained heavily for 7 consecutive days, due to which Shri Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain on his finger to protect the people of Gokul. Lord Krishna himself helped the Gokul residents to recover those who were ruined there due to continuous rain for 7 days. Since then the Pongal has been celebrated.
How is Pongal celebrated in India?
Pongal is a festival that is celebrated continuously for 4 days. Pongal is a completely agricultural festival.
Pongal means boiling. On this day, khir is made of new rice and jaggery.
Pongal is celebrated from first day till four days. Let’s know one by one or in detail.
First Bhogi Pongal
This first day of Pongal is known as Bhogi Pongal. On the first day of Pongal. People worship to the Indra Dev. And also all the dirt of the room are collected and burnt with dung or wood.
Second day Surya Pongal
Sun god is worshiped on the second day, on this day Kheer is made in sunlight and is offered to Surya Dev and later distributed to everyone in the form of Prasad.
Third day Mattu Pongal
Mattu was a vine which is sent by Bholenath to advise the people of the earth. But due to any deficiency, Bholenath left him as a vine to help the farmers. Mattoo is worshiped on this day because Mattoo (vine) helps farmers throughout the year.
Fourth day Kanya Pongal
Kanya Pongal is celebrated on this day all the sister asks for a good thought for her brother as well as the brother also asks for blessings from God for the sister.
Pongal South India Festivals 2021 will be celebrated from 14 Jan to 17 Jan.