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Thousands perform Vavu Bali rites

FOR THE ANCESTORS: Hindus offering Vavu Bali at Keecherival, near Thiruvalla, on Tuesday; and (right) a crowd at the Thirumullavaram beach in Kollam city performing the ritual.

FOR THE ANCESTORS: Hindus offering Vavu Bali at Keecherival, near Thiruvalla, on Tuesday; and (right) a crowd at the Thirumullavaram beach in Kollam city performing the ritual.  

Staff Reporter

Special arrangements were made by different organisations for devotees to offer bali

PATHANAMTHITTA: Thousands of Hindus performed the ritualistic Vavu Bali as an offering to the spirits of their ancestors at various temple ghats and other holy places in different parts of the district on Tuesday.

A large number of people waiting at specially prepared ‘balippuras’ on the banks of various rivers for performing the religious rite were found on the Sree Parthasarathy Temple ghats at Aranmula, Kadalaimangalam Devi Temple at Venpala, near Thiruvalla, and at Keecherival, near Thriuvalla, where the Manimala and the Pampa join before flowing into the backwaters of Kuttanad.

The Sree Parthasarathy Temple ghats in the Pampa, the Mahadevar Temple ghats in the Achencoil at Pandalam, the Trippara Temple ghats, near Pathanamthitta, witnessed heavy rush even from the early morning hours.

Many people were camping at these temple ghats to perform the Bali Tharpan early in the morning.

The cave temple of Tricherpuram, near Kottangal, in Mallappally too witnessed heavy rush as hundreds of devotees came together to perform bali and to collect holy ash and water from the natural stream that originates from the cave.

The NSS Karayogam attached to the Kuttoor Sree Sankara Narayana Temple had made elaborate arrangements for the Bali Tharpan at Thondara kadavu in the Manimala.

Bali rites

Hundreds of people performed the bali rites at the Venpala Kadalimangalam Devi Temple ghats; the Konni Muringamangalam Mahadevar Temple; the Thonnalloor Pattupurakakvu Bhagavathy Temple near Pandalam; the Kakkattu Koickal Dharma Sastha Temple at Ranni-Perinad, Vallamkulam; the Vamanapuram Vishnu Temple ghats; the Ranni Edamuri Temple complex; the Komalam Devi Temple ghats in the Manimala Vennikkulam; the Kattoor Mahavishnu Temple ghats near Cherukol; the Vettoor Mahavishnu Temple ghats near Konni; and the Cherukol Elavaum Madhom Temple ghats near Kozhencherry.

The Bali Tharpan at the Kodunthara Subramanyaswamy Temple ghats, near Pathanamthitta, was held under the auspices of the Brahmana Sabha.

The Viswa Hindu Parishad, the Hindu Aikyavedi and various temple committees had made arrangements for the smooth conduct of the Vavu Bali.

Special arrangements

Staff Reporter writes from Kollam: Thousands of people offered Vavu Bali on the beaches in Kollam on Tuesday.

People thronged the Thirumullavaram beach in the city from 4 a.m. to offer the bali. Special arrangements had been made on the beach front by various organisations for the people to perform the bali rituals.

Medical teams were also present in strength at the bali venues where the rituals were performed. The Bali Tharpan rituals began at 5 a.m. at most places and continued till noon.

Apart from the Thirumullavaram beach, the rituals were performed at the Mundakkal beach, Paravur beach, Alapad beach, Paalaruvi waterfalls and on the banks of Ashtamudi Lake by Ashtamudi Veerabhadra Swamy Temple.

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