Pongal is a Hindu ‘thanksgiving’ festival traditionally dedicated to the Sun God Surya to thank the solar deity for a bountiful harvest. The word Pongal literally means “boiling over” and refers to the ritual of boiling freshly harvested rice and milk until it spills out of the pot. The Boiling over is believed to bring good luck and properity to the household. The moment the rice boils over and bubbles out of the pot, Hindus will shout “Ponggalo Pongal”. Food such as vegetables, sugar cane and spices are first offered to the gods and later consumes by devotees to cleanse themselves of past sins. The state Pongal festival wil be held at the Hindu Endowment Board headquarters at Macalister Road.