Pongal- The Harvest Festival - Poem by chandra thiagarajan
Pongal is a festival of great living
Of New Harvest celebrating
And is the time for Thanks-giving.
It is a jubilation for four days
On mid January the first day lays
From the first of ‘THAI'in Tamil ways.
Bhogi Pongal is the first
In honor of Lord Indra the just
Who from the skies allays the Earth's thirst.
The main Pongal is on the second day
When we our humble respects pay
To the Sun-God for the harvest and pray.
Mattu Pongal falls on the third day
When the cattle which have been helping our way
Are cleaned and adorned to eat the pongal away.
Kanu Pongal is on the next day
When sisters whole-heartedly pray
For the welfare of their brothers' way.
The lovely days of Pongal jubilation
Start from early in the day with decoration
Of the entrance with KOLAM'S inspiration.
The kolams otherwise known as Rangoli
Are for welcoming the Deity Lakshmi Devi
And other guests to the home made holy.
For having had the harvest bountiful
Our gratitude to Sun-God with hearts full
We make pongal with milk and rice in clay-pots full.
All attired in new clothes and chic
With sugar-cane, ginger, and turmeric
Surround the effervescing pongal- pot and flick.
The Pongal festival brings wealth and goodness
Embodying the spirit of unity in the process
Marking a period of plenty, peace and happiness.
Poet's Notes about The Poem
PONGAL is a cuisine which is made up of rice, milk, and jaggery, ghee, and cashew-nuts and the festival itself is named after this delicacy as PONGAL.
lord Indra is the God of skies and clouds who gives us rain.
KOLAM is a form of decoration wherein exquisite patterns are made using rice flour filling it with colour powders.
Lakshmi Devi is a Deity of wealth- the wife of Lord Vishnu one of the TRINITIES.
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