Attukal Pongala the biggest gathering of women on earth.
More than 40 lakh women participated in the festival, according to temple trust.
Pongala hearths were lit on grounds and on streets in10 km radius around the temple
The festival entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the largest women gathering festival.
Myth has it that the deity is the incarnation of Kannaki, the heroine of ‘Chilappatikaram, ‘the epic of Tamil literature of the Sangam era. The Pongala celebrates Kannaki’s revenge over the Pandyan King for beheading her husband Kovalan.
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