Every agrarian society has their unique traditions to pay thanks to God, the Earth and nature for a good harvest. In Tamil culture this thanksgiving is celebrated as Pongal - the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu.
Here is a gallery of Pongal festival photos showing Pongal celebration, preparation of sweet pongal, Jallikkettu etc... Pongal coincides with the more popular harvest festival of Makar Sankranti which is celebrated throughout Indian.
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Women celebrate `Pongal` in Bengaluru.
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A lady paints earthen pots ahead of Pongal.
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People celebrate Sankranti as they prepare Pongal - a popular rice dish.
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Photo: Sandeep Mahankal/IANS
Women celebrate `Pongal` at Dharavi in Mumbai.
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People buy sugarcane on the eve of `Sankranti` (Pongal).
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Jallikattu in Alanganallur of Tamil Nadu
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Villagers try to tame a bull during `Jallikattu` (bull taming) festival in Palamedu village some 25 kms away from Madurai in Tamil Nadu. The festival is a part of Pongal celebrations.