Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal
Bhopal Tamil Sangam celebrated Pongal festival in the city of lakes with fun and gaiety on Tuesday. The venue Career College Auditorium at Govindpura, BHEL witnessed mosaic of events and fanfare.
The harvest festival of Tamils had events for all age groups and was followed by the traditional lunch that is prepared during Pongal festival. The Chief Guest Shri Ila Ganesan, BJP’s Rajya Sabha Member from Madhya Pradesh, was seen enjoying the event with full fervour. The daylong event saw musical debating session, cultural programme by children, awards and felicitation.
“Pongal is one of the biggest festivals for Tamils and it is such a delight to participate and experience the enthusiasm of people”, said Shri Ila Ganesan.
The four-day Tamil festival is celebrated across the country with great enthusiasm. Here also the event saw active participation and the tradition was extravagantly represented in each and every event.
“Pongal is an auspicious day for Tamilians and is the most important festival for them. It means festivity or celebration and it was well evident today.
Pongal is also the name of a sweetened dish prepared from rice which is boiled with lentils and is consumed on this day’, added A Swami Durai, Secretary, Bhopal Tamil Sangam M Raji, President, Bhopal Tamil Sangam said that Pongal is a festival to greet the Sun and welcome him into the lives of people as it liberated them from the extremes of winter.
It was not only limited to Tamils, but celebrated in different parts of the country under different names. He urged everyone to develop a spirit of unity and patience. It is an opportunity for younger generation to know about the Pongal celebration with cultural events.
Pongal festival corresponds with Makar Sankranti which is celebrated throughout India by various names. It symbolically signifies the start of the sun’s northwards journey which is of six-months, also known as Uttaraayanam.
People perform pooja to the Sun God
The harvest festival of Pongal was celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour in the city. The streets were decked up with kolam and people decorated their homes with mango leaves and performed poojas to the Sun God.
Clad in new garments, people turned up at various shrines to offer prayers to presiding deities. Sugarcane and turmeric plants, which are important requirements to celebrate the festival, sold like hot cakes at various points. Cattle were bathed and their horns painted with colours and worshipped.