Hundreds of women join festivities of 'Attukal Pongala'

Thiruvananthapuram March 3: To mark the culmination of the 10-day-long 'Attukal Pongala' festivities, thousands of women cooked 'payasam', a traditional rice pudding by lining roads in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday. 
Within 15 kilometers of the Attukal Bhagavathy temple the women offered 'payasam' to goddess Attukal Amma. The festival is billed as the world's largest religious gathering of women. 
The word 'Pongala' literally means 'to boil over' and refers to the ritualistic offering of porridge, considered to be the goddess's favourite offering. 
It is Kerala's best-known festival and takes place during the Malayalam month of 'Kumbham', which usually falls in the months of February or March.