Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government decided to conduct the famous Attukal Pongala, one of the world's largest all women religious congregations, in Thiruvananthapuram on February 27, by strictly adhering to COVID-19 protocol and allowing devotees to perform the ritual only inside the temple compound.
Devotees would be allowed entry only after they register online.
The rituals would be held as per the temple customs and by restricting as many people as possible. A decision on the maximum number of people who would be allowed to offer the ritual would be taken later,a government press release said.
None would be allowed to offer 'pongala' (sweet offering) in public places or on roads but people can make the offering from their homes.
Preparing 'pongala' is considered an auspicious ritual of the annual festival of the Attukal Bhagavathy temple.
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