Hundreds of devotees from different parts of the State and Tamil Nadu began camping on the Chakkulathukavu Bhagavathy temple premises and surrounding areas at Neerettupuram, near Thiruvalla, from Saturday morning to take part in the annual Pongala festival to be held on Sunday.

Women devotees set up small hearths made of bricks on the sprawling temple grounds.

Various government departments and the temple Devaswom have made elaborate arrangements for the smooth conduct of the festival.

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