KERALA

Thousands offer Bali

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Thousands offered ‘Karkkidaka Vavu Bali’ as a mark of respect to the departed souls at Aluva Manalpuram on the banks of the Periyar river here on Tuesday.

The ritual was held on the premises of the Mahadeva Temple. Men, women and children thronged the temple from early morning. The temple devaswom authorities had set up more than 50 “balitharas” at the venue for performing the rites.

People had started arriving at the manalpuram since Monday night. The sandbanks were inundated by the waters from the swollen Periyar. The waters had entered the Mahadeva temple and the officials of the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) had to deploy workers to pump out the water and clear the mud and silt on Monday.

The TDB set up over a 100 ‘bali tharpanam’ platforms for people to offer ‘bali’. The ‘bali’ ritual was led by Mullapilly Subramanian Namboothiri. The ritual began at 3 a.m. and continued till 2 p.m. Acharyas provided guidance to people who performed the rites.

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