KERALA

Thiruvonathoni sets off

RITUAL: Devotees thronging the Maha Vishnu Temple ghats at Kattoor, near Kozhencherry, on Tuesday to witness the ceremonial journey of the Thiruvonathoni carrying materials for the annual Onasadya at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.

RITUAL: Devotees thronging the Maha Vishnu Temple ghats at Kattoor, near Kozhencherry, on Tuesday to witness the ceremonial journey of the Thiruvonathoni carrying materials for the annual Onasadya at the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Leju Kamal

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Customary journey to Sree Parthasarathy Temple

PATHANAMTHITTA: Thiruvonathoni, the temple vessel carrying provisions and vegetables for the Onam feast at Sree Parthasarathy Temple, on the banks of the Pampa at Aranmula, set off from the Maha Vishnu temple ghats at Kattoor, upstream of Kozhencherry, on Tuesday.

Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple ghats to witness the customary journey of the Thiruvonathoni.

The journey of the decorated, Garuda-faced, temple vessel began immediately after the ‘deeparadhana’ at the Maha Vishnu temple at 6.40 p.m. Devotional chants and ‘vanchippattu’ were in the air.

According to custom, the eldest member of the Brahmin household of Mangattu Illom at Kumaranalloor in Kottayam district, whose ancestors hailed from Kattoor, takes the materials for Onasadya in the Thiruvonathoni.

Narayana Bhattathiri, the eldest member of the Mangattu Illom, escorted the Thiruvonathoni on Tuesday. The temple priest handed over an oil lamp brought from the temple to Mr. Bhattathiri.

Four palliyodams (snake-boats) belonging to the surrounding villages of Kattoor, Kottathoor, Edappavoor and Cherukol escorted the Thiruvonathoni to Aranmula. Anto Antony, MP; K. Sivadasan Nair, Raju Abraham, K.C. Rajagopalan, MLAs; Palliyoda Seva Sanghom

President K.V.Sambadevan; industrialist P.S. Nair and Travancore Devaswom Board representatives G. Arunkumar and Sreekumar were among those present to see off the Thiruvonathoni.

The vessel was accorded a customary reception when it reached Ayroor and Vechoor Mana at Melukara, downstream. More snake-boats joined the ceremonial procession during the course of journey.

The Thiruvonathoni will reach Aranmula on Wednesday.

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