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Seva Bharathi offers free medical service to pongala devotees

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Braving the scorching heat, thousands of women devotees offered pongala at the age-old Karikkakom Sri Chamundi Temple here on Monday. With the pongala festival, the seven-day long festival came to an end on Monday.

The temple premises literally turned into a holy ground with the smoke and the chanting of ‘Devi Mantras’ by devotees. The pongala hearths extended up to the Highway on the eastern side, Kochuveli Railway Station on the west, Chackai Junction on the South and World Market Junction on the North.

Later, as many as 125 priests sprinkled theertham on the pongala offerings by the devotees. According to the temple authorities, there was a significant increase in the number of devotees this year. ``Pongala hearths were set up in and around the temple premises, in a radius of about 3 km. According to our calculation, around 7 lakh devotees offered pongala this year,’’ said temple manager Surendran Nair.

Free medical services were provided by the Health Department, …