People dedicate this festival to Lord Surya or Sun God and it is celebrated in India under different names depending on the state but the meaning is the same. Devotees prepare freshly harvested rice with milk and jaggery in a new clay pot in Pongal. During preparation, milk was poured over the pan. It is considered a sign of abundance and prosperity. Later, this preparation, known as pongal, is topped with brown sugar, ghee, cashews, and raisins. Devotees offer the pongal to the sun god and then serve it to everyone at home on banana leaves.
It is known as "Bhogali Bihu" in Uttar Pradesh, "Lohri" in Punjab and other parts of north of India, "Khichri" in Uttar Pradesh, "Makar Sankranti" in Andhra Pradesh, Bengal Occidental, Karnataka and Telangana 2023.
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Celebrated with great pomp and pageantry, Pongal is a multi-day festival with different rituals for each day. It starts with Bhogi festival on the first day, Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal and ends with Kannum Pongal on the fourth day.
Many legends surround this festival. The most popular is the Bhogi festival, when Lord Kanha lifted Goverdhan Mountain with his little finger to save people and cattle from the wrath of Indra, the god of rain. Another legend is about the third day of Pongal. On that day, Mahadev sent his vahana, Nandi, who was a bull, to tell people to bathe in oil every day and eat once a month. He told people otherwise, eat every day and take an oil bath once a month. This angered Lord Shiva and he ordered Nandi to stay ashore and help the people harvest crops so they could eat every day.
These are some of the best wishes, greetings, images and messages to share with your loved ones on Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms.
Here we wish you good luck, peace, joy and good luck on the auspicious Bhogi day.
"Warm wishes to you and your family on the auspicious occasion of Pongal, happy Pongal"
“May all your worries and fears disappear from your life and fill your heart with calm and healthy thoughts. Happy Pongal
May the happy harvest festival bring much joy and happiness to you and your loved ones. Happy Bhogi Pandigai.
Pongal marks joy and happiness and brings with it all good things.
May the harvest season festival bring you the best and all that you deserve. May you have an unforgettable pongal”
Here I send my warm greetings to you and your loved ones on Bhogi Pandigai Day. Have a happy Pongal.
“Time for bonfires and parties. Happy Pongal!"
“I wish you a happy Pongal. I hope this Thai Pongal brings happiness to our lives."
“May fortune overflow on the auspicious occasion of Pongal, fortune enter your house, and success touch your feet. I wish you a happy Pongal”
"I wish this festival brings happiness and prosperity, and I hope it is joyful and brings happiness to your days to come. I wish you a wonderful Pongal."
"As we celebrate the Pongal Festival with much fervor and joy, this heartfelt greeting comes with a world of best wishes for all joy and happiness."
“May the SWEETNESS of overflowing milk and sugar cane
Fill your home with harmony and happiness
I wish you the best and prosperous Pongal!”
May the divine blessings of Surya reach your home. I wish you and your family a happy Pongal!
I wish you a prosperous future and a happy Pongal! We thank the sun for burning us to keep us warm. We thank the plants for sacrificing for our lives. We give thanks to the creatures that help us lead a healthy life.
May happiness enter your home and success touch your feet. May happiness overflow on the auspicious occasion of Pongal.
I wish you a long and happy life, prosperity, loving family and friends. May each of your dreams come true.
On this auspicious occasion, let us greet each other, meet and eat together with these beautiful decorations and kolams. I wish you a happy Pongal!
As the sun begins its journey north, it brings to life all the happy moments of this year. I wish you and your family a happy Pongal.
With much happiness, zeal, and the brightest rays of joy and hope, I wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Pongal.
May the sun bring you and your loved ones the rays of joy and happiness. I wish you and your loved ones a happy Pongal.
I wish this pongal to connect you with the brightest moments. May you reach new heights on this auspicious occasion. We wish you a happy Pongal.
"I pray that this festival marks the beginning of your brightest days.
Full of happiness, luck and prosperity. Happy Pongal!"
"I wish this Pongal festival brings you happiness and prosperity. Enjoy this day with your family and friends. Pongal Pongal!"
"I ask the Sun God to bless you with prosperity, happiness and abundance. May you and your family have a wonderful Pongal!"
“With this auspicious decoration and beautiful kolams, let us meet, greet and eat together. I wish you a happy Pongal”
“On this generous occasion, may happiness come to you in all its fullness. Happy Pongal
"May this Pongal bring you happiness and everlasting peace, Happy Pongal"
"Let the warmth of the auspicious Pongal festival fill your home with joy. Have a wonderful Pongal."
As you joyfully celebrate the Pongal festival and welcome the harvest season, this greeting is sent to wish you all that the occasion may bring. Have a happy Pongal.
When celebrating the Pongal festival,
with great enthusiasm and joy,
This cordial greeting comes to you,
with a world full of good wishes for all joy and happiness.
Happy Pongal, I wish you first make sure that you are blessed with the choicest blessings of the Almighty for the glorious harvest festivals.
Let the warmth of the auspicious Pongal festival fill your home with joy. Have a great Pongal.
May happiness enter your home and success touch your feet. May happiness overflow on the auspicious occasion of Pongal
On the auspicious occasion of Pongal, may the sun shine peace, prosperity and happiness in your life forever.
May you enjoy this harvest festival with your loved ones and may its warmth accompany you throughout the year. Happy Put!
I wish this festival brings happiness and prosperity to you and I hope it will be joyful and fill your coming days with happiness. Happy Put!
I send you the happiest and warmest wishes on the happy occasion of Pongal, have fun and enjoy every moment. Happy Put!
How is Pongal celebrated? History, meaning and story behind the festival
Pongal festivals last for four days and each day has a special meaning.
1st day of Pongal
The first day of Pongal is called the Bhogi Festival, which honors Lord Indra, the god of rain. On this auspicious day, useless household items are thrown into a traditional bonfire made of wood and cow dung cake.
2nd day of Pongal
The second day of Pongal is known as Thai Pongal, which celebrates the sun god. On this day, people bathe early in the morning and draw the Kolam, a traditional design prepared with powdered lime, at the entrance of their houses. A special ritual follows where rice and milk are boiled together in a clay pot in the open air and are considered an offering to the sun. Other items used as offerings include reeds, bananas, and coconuts.
3rd day of Pongal
The third day of Pongal is known as Mattu Pongal, where the cows are decorated with garlands and bells and worshipped. The story behind the celebration of this day is that Lord Shiva once told his bull Basava to come down to earth with a message. Basava had to tell people to have an oil massage followed by a bath every day and eat only once a month. But Basava erroneously reported that Lord Shiva told people to bathe in oil once a month and eat every day. This made Shiva so angry that he drove the bull to the ground forever and cursed Basava that now he would have to plow the fields and help the farmers produce food for everyone. And so this day is celebrated to thank the farm animals for their help.
4th day of Pongal
The fourth and final day of Pongal is the Kaanum (or Canoe) Pongal. On this day, leftovers from the pongal dish are kept in the open air on a saffron leaf along with betel nuts, betel leaves, and sugar cane. Women perform this ritual and ask their brothers for prosperity.