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RACE COURSE: The Pampa river at Aranmula where the Uthrittathi snake-boat regatta is held.
RACE COURSE: The Pampa river at Aranmula where the Uthrittathi snake-boat regatta is held.

Staff Reporter

42 boats to take part in ‘Uthrittathi Vallamkali’ on September 6

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Palliyoda Seva Sanghom (PSS) will soon launch preparations for this year’s snake-boat regatta, Uthrittathi Vallamkali, in the Pampa at Aranmula, said sanghom president K.V. Sambadevan.

The annual snake-boat regatta will be held in the race course of the Pampa on September 6.

Mr. Sambadevan said Central and State Ministers were expected to attend the annual event.

He said 42 snake-boats (‘palliyodams’) would take part in the colourful procession followed by the race as part of the regatta.

The PSS will organise a workshop on ‘vanchippattu’ (songs in praise of Lord Krishna) and a series of cultural programmes in connection with the annual event.

An exhibition of different types of boats, including ‘veppu,’ ‘audi,’ ‘churulan’ and ‘chundan’ of Kuttanad, would be held as part of the regatta, the PSS president said.

The Water Resources Department has already launched a project to remove mud banks from the middle portion of the race course with a view to ensuring free movement of the snake-boats during the regatta and race.

Vallasadya

Mr. Sambadevan said the PSS has commenced bookings for ‘Vallasadya,’ a ritualistic feast given to the snake-boat crew as an offering to the presiding deity at Sree Parthasarathy Temple, at its office at Panchajanyam Auditorium.

Devotees can offer Vallasadya at the temple from July 31 to October 7.

K.J. Yesudas, playback singer, will offer Vallasadya to the crew of six snake-boats on Malayalam New Year day on August 17, said the PSS leader.

This year’s Ashtami-Rohini Vallasadya, a ritualistic mass feast, will be held on the Aranmula temple premises on Krishnashtami day on September 11.

Mr. Sambadevan said a customary snake-boat regatta (‘vallamkali’) in traditional style would also be held in the Pampa prior to the ‘valalsadya’ on the Ashtami-Rohini day. Mr. Sambadevan said grant of Rs.50,000 each would be sanctioned to all ‘palliyodams’ (snake-boats) towards annual maintenance.

He said repair, maintenance and cleaning of the temple ghats would also begin soon.

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