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‘Maadu’ means bull or cow and ‘pongal’ signifies prosperity. Maatu Pongal is a special day celebrated to thank and revere the cattle, which play an important role in the lives of the agricultural community. The day is observed with great passion and enthusiasm in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
In India, cows and bulls are regarded very high and are highly special as cows offer the healthy and nourishing milk and bulls help in ploughing the agricultural fields. Hence, this second day of Pongal celebration is entirely dedicated to the cattle. This day is related to the legend of Lord Shiva and his sacred bull, Nandi. On this special day, a renowned bull-taming sport called ‘Manjuvirattu’ or ‘Jallikattu’ is organized in villages, where youngsters tame the fierce bulls to win prizes.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.