Pongal is the harvest festival of Tamilnadu, and falls in the month of January when the Kharif crops are harvested. and marks the beginning of Uttarayan-sun’s journey northwards.In north India, Makar Sankranti is celebrated during the same time.
Pongal is made and offered to Sun God, who is instrumental in the growing of paddy and dals in this season. At vaidyagrama, Pongal celebrations started on 15 Jan 2023. Pongal- a sweet food item made out of raw rice, green gram dal, jaggery, ghee and nuts was made in Vaidyeswaram hall involving all the patients and staff, amidst chanting of mantras by Punarnava Priest Shri Damodaran Iyer.
The sweet pongal was distributed to all staff and patients. Thereafter the Cow puja was done to honor the cattle who are also giving us the cowdung, milk etc and enriching the earth and humans through their life. In some places, bullocks are used for ploughing the land.