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Pongal 2019: Why Maattu Pongal is Celebrated; Story, History & its Significance

India | News18 | January 16, 2019, 8:40 am
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 Maattu Pongal is the third day of the four-day Pongal festival. Though the name of the festival is specific to Tamil Nadu, it is also celebrated in other south Indian states such as Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

Maattu Pongal is the third day of the four-day Pongal festival. Though the name of the festival is specific to Tamil Nadu, it is also celebrated in other south Indian states such as Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

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 According to legends, one day Lord Shiva asked his bull Basava to visit Earth and tell mankind to eat once in a month and take oil massage and bath every day. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

According to legends, one day Lord Shiva asked his bull Basava to visit Earth and tell mankind to eat once in a month and take oil massage and bath every day. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

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 Instead, the bull said the mortals to take bath with oil once a month and eat daily.(Image: Network18 Creatives)

Instead, the bull said the mortals to take bath with oil once a month and eat daily.(Image: Network18 Creatives)

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 This made Lord Shiva angry and he asked Basava to stay on Earth and plough fields to help people grow more food so that they can eat food every day. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

This made Lord Shiva angry and he asked Basava to stay on Earth and plough fields to help people grow more food so that they can eat food every day. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

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 Thus, on the day of Maatu Pongal, farmers honour and celebrate their cattle. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

Thus, on the day of Maatu Pongal, farmers honour and celebrate their cattle. (Image: Network18 Creatives)

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