Vastavam web: Tamil harvest festival Pongal was celebrated with usual fervour across the state Tuesday with people ushering in the auspicious Tamil month of ‘Thai’. Chants of ‘Pongal-o-Pongal’ rent the air in many a home as the milk boiled, symbolising the gushing of prosperity. People decorated their homes with mango leaves and strings of flowers. Special prayers were held at temples.
This year, the AIADMK government had distributed gift hampers containing raw rice, sugar, raisins, cashew nut, cardamom and sugarcane to alal card holders to celebrate the harvest festival, in an attempt to mitigate the impact of cyclone Gaja in the Cauvery delta and drought in the northern districts. President Ramnath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and DMK President and Leader of Opposition, MK Stalin, greeted people on the occasion of the Pongal festival.
Purohit celebrated Pongal with the villagers of Sathurangapattinam in Kanchipuram district while Palaniswami took part in the festivities in his native Salem.The famed bull-taming sport of jallikattu was also held in Madurai coinciding with Pongal, with a number of eager volunteers participating in it. Meanwhile, Palaniswami greeted Purohit on the occasion.