“May you dress yourself in beautiful attire, decorate your home, and prepare feasts to commemorate the Mattu Pongal holiday”
The third day of Pongal is known as Mattu Pongal and is dedicated to cattle. Bulls, cows, and other agricultural animals are all prayed for. In India, cows and bulls have traditionally had a unique position. Bulls and oxen assist plough the land, while cows provide nutritious milk. As a result, Maatu Pongal is a day when cattle are given a well-deserved rest and are treated with respect. As a result, farmers commemorate their cattle buddies by commemorating the day as a day of thanksgiving.
Lord Ganesh and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on this day, and Pongal is served to them as part of the ‘puja.’ According to tradition, Shiva once sent his bull, Basava, to the earth to request that mortals have an oil massage and wash every day, as well as dine once a month. Basava inadvertently declared that everyone should eat every day and take an oil bath once a month. This infuriated Shiva, who cursed Basava and sentenced him to live on the soil for the rest of his life. He’d have to plough the fields and assist folks in increasing their food production. As a result, this day is associated with cattle.
The day dedicated to cows is known as Mattu Pongal. The animals are adored and ornamented with bells, maize sheaves, and garlands.
According to legend, Lord Shiva once sent his bull, Basava, to earth with a message for mortals, instructing them to have an oil massage and bath every day, as well as eat once a month. Basava, on the other hand, misquoted Shiva as saying that people should eat every day and take an oil bath once a month.