Kerala

Vallasadya season begins

Crew of snakeboats partake of feast at Aranmula temple

The two-month annual season of Vallasadya, a ritualistic feast offered to the presiding deity of the Sree Parthasarathy temple at Aranmula, began on Monday. The crew of seven snakeboats (palliyodam) reached the temple ghats by 11.15 a.m. The Palliyoda Seva Sanghom (PSS), the apex body of the karayogams that own snakeboats, accorded a reception to the boat crew.

Travancore Devaswom Board president A. Padmakumar, accompanied by Vijayakumar, board member, Ajithkumar, devaswom deputy commissioner, Krishnakumar B. Krishnaveni, PSS president, P.R. Radhakrishnan, secretary, and other PSS office-bearers, received the oarsmen.

Traditional reception

As per the custom and tradition, the boat crew were presented with betel leaves, areca nuts, and tobacco. They were escorted to the temple premises to the accompaniment of traditional temple percussion.

The oarsmen, then, circumambulated the temple, singing Vanchippattu, verses in praise of Lord Krishna.

The crew of the snakeboats belonging to the palliyoda karayogams of Nedumprayar, Cherukol, Kozhencherry, Thekkemuri, Punnamthottom, Othera, Venpala and Prayar took part in the Vallasadya on Monday.

Nair Service Society president P.N. Narendranathan Nair inaugurated the event by lighting a ceremonial lamp at the Aanakkottil immediately after the Utchapuja around 11.30 a.m.

Veena George; MLA; P.B. Noohu, District Collector; P.N. Suresh, NSS registrar; Mr. Padmakumar; Mr. Vijayakumar; Malethu Saraladevi, former MLA; and all PSS office-bearers were present.

The feast was served to the snakeboat crew at the Oottupura (temple dining hall) and at specially arranged dining areas on the temple premises.

As many as 64 items were served at the feast, according to PSS sources.

The season will come to a close on October 6.

Ashtami Rohini event

The PSS will also organise a mega feast, Ashtami Rohini Vallasadya, on the Sree Krishna Janmashtami day on August 23.

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