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Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

Lakhs of women took part in the historic Attukal Pongala festival in Kerala Wednesday. The women prepare an offering of 'Pongala' in makeshift brick stoves which will be offered to Attukal Devi

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

Lakhs of women took part in the historic Attukal Pongala festival in Kerala Wednesday. The women prepare an offering of 'Pongala' in makeshift brick stoves which will be offered to Attukal Devi. (Express photo)

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

The Attukal Pongala had in 2009 entered the Guinness World Records for being the largest women gathering on a single day. (Express photo)

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

The rituals begin with the chief priest lighting up the makeshift stove with fire brought from the temple's sacred hearth which is then passed on to the women who have lined up on either side of the roads to prepare 'Pongala'. (Express photo)

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

The police has deployed more than 3,000 personnel to manage huge rush in the city and around the temple premises. (Express photo)

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

The Pongala event takes place on the last day of the 10-day long Attukal Pongala festival. (Express photo)

Lakhs of women take part in Attukal Pongala festival

KSRTC has made special arrangements for the convenience of the devotees. (Express photo)