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Given here is information on the origin & history of Pongal. Check out the legends of Pongal festival.

Pongal History

In this article, we will provide you with some interesting legends of Pongal festival, which will enable you to explore the Pongal history. The origin & history of Pongal can be dated back to the times of Sangam Age i.e. from 200 B.C. to 300 A.D. The Sanskrit Puranas also contain mentions of Pongal. Initially Pongal festival was celebrated as a Dravidian Harvest festival. Read further to explore the Pongal story.

As a part of Pongal festivity customs, people observed 'Pavai Nonbu', one of the most prominent festive occasions that took place during the rule of Pallavas. Celebrated in the Tamil month of Margazhi, this festivity was initiated by young girls who offered prayers to the God for sending rain, thereby paving way for bringing prosperity for people. Throughout the month of this festivity, they did not consume milk or any milk products. They did not oil their hair during this period. All these traditions led to the celebration of the Pongal festivity of today.

Legends of Pongal festival

Story of Lord Shiva
Once it happened that, Lord Shiva asked his bull named Basava to visit the earth and meet the human beings. He was asked to convey the message that, the humans must take an oil massage and bath on a daily basis and as far as eating is concerned, they can eat only once in a month.

By mistake, the bull wrongly conveyed to the people that, they must eat everyday and as far as oil massage and bathing is concerned, it must be done only once in a month. This act of Basana made Lord Shiva very furious. As a result, Lord Shiva punished him to live on the earth forever and help people in ploughing the fields and growing more food.

Story of Lord Indra
Once it happened that, Lord Krishna in the days of his childhood, decided to teach Lord Indra a lesson, as he had become a bit too arrogant after having become the king of all deities. Lord Krishna went to meet the cowherds and told them to stop worshipping Lord Indra. This made Lord Indra enraged and he brought about a major thunderstorm along with rains that continued for three consecutive days. Seeing this calamity, people went to Lord Krishna with cries of help. Then, Lord Krishna lifted the mountain Govardhan and that too with a single finger. This incident made Lord Indra realize his mistake.

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