Kodavas celebrate 'Pommangala'

Kodavas celebrate 'Pommangala'

 The rare ‘Pommangala’ was held at the temple. Usually the parents make a vow to observe ‘Pommangala’ if the child develops any health complications during the birth. It is believed that by offering the vow to the Putthu Bagavathi Goddess, the child will grow healthy. The offering is done after five years. Normally for girl child, the vow must be completed before she attains 15 years of age. There is no age limitation for boys. However, the offer has to made once in life time.

‘Pommangala’ means boys dressing as Kodava bride and girls dressing in traditional Kodava bridegroom. The ritual of the marriage is performed. Those who have made the vow come to the temple early in the morning holding kalasha, rice, milk and coconut. After offering pooja to Chamundi, they return home. At home, they will be dressed in the attire of bride and bridegroom. Later, Kodava Singal muhurtha will be performed. A large number of family members gather and there will be a festive and marriage atmosphere in the house.  By 2 pm, all those who have made vows come to the temple. They will be taken inside the temple in a procession and go around the temple with kalasha. After offering the special pooja, the one who has to make the vow will change the attire. After receiving the prasadam, the Pommangal vow tradition concludes. As many as 40 persons who made the vows took part in the programme.
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