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pongalPongal is a celebrated all over India but it is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and devotion in the south Indian states. It is celebrated as a mark of the beginning of a period called ‘Uttarayana’ which means that the sun has started moving towards north for a period of six months.

Pongal signifies the end of traditional farming which also gives farmers some sort of break from their mundane routine. Farmers conduct puja and offer prayers to some crops as a conclusion of their farming season for the year.

In Tamil Nadu Pongal is celebrated for four days in a row. Festival named ‘Bogi’ is celebrated on January 13, then ‘Pongal’ is celebrated on Jan 14, ‘Maattuppongal’ is celebrated on Jan 15, and ‘Thiruvalluvar Day’ on Jan 16.

It is interesting to know that as a mark of a good harvest, rice is cooked in new pots until they boil over!

First of all it is important to know the direction where the family members should sit and conduct the puja. This direction should always be east or north-east. This is where you get maximum sunlight and sun is one of the biggest factors which enhances the growth of the crops.

The day when you have to conduct the puja, and rice needs to be cooked in a new vessel. Make sure you do NOT have any medicines of any sort kept in the kitchen. Medicines in kitchen signify health problems according to vaastu. So since this is the first and foremost festval of the year, make sure you do not have medicines in your kitchen.

The farming community should not in any case present any sort of sharp axes or any other cultivation or harvesting equipment. Sharp objects if gifted means the person to whom the present is being made is also receiving shar or bad energy.

The live stock on your field should be made present during the puja and should be given due attention and respect as they are the ones who do the actual labour on the field.

Women of the house should try and not hang washed clothes with water dripping near the area where the puja is to be held. Dripping water means draining of finances and sources from the family.

Puja should be conducted at a place which is at a distance from the washrooms of the house.

Since this puja is associated with agriculture and farming, so bright clours like a bright green, red, orange and yellow should be worn and colors like grey and black should be avoided.

 

Dr Rupa Batra

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