Thousands pay obeisance to departed souls in Kerala

August 1st, 2008 - 8:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Kozhikode, Aug 1 (IANS) Thousands of Hindus across Kerala Friday performed rituals to pay obeisance to their ancestors. Hundreds lined up on the seashores, river banks and in temples in the state to participate in the annual ceremony. The ritual - known as ‘Karakidaka Vavu Bali’ in Malayalam - is performed on no-moon day in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam to appease the spirits of the ancestors. The ritual is usually held on the seashore, river banks and in temples.

In Thiruvananthapuram district, Varkala, Shanghumughom beach and Parasurama Swamy Temple at Thiruvallam are some of the main venues for the event. At the Parasurama Temple, the facilities saw 2,500 people performing the ritual at a time.

The Aluva riverbed in Eranakulam district also witnessed heavy rush of people to perform the bali.

In north Kerala, famous centres like Thirunelli in Wayanad district, Thirunavaya in Malappuram and Payyambalam beach in Kannur witnessed a rush of people who came to pay obeisance to the departed souls.

“In Thirunelli around 11,000 people performed the bali,” said K.C. Radhakrishnan, the executive officer of devaswom department, which is responsible for the administration of temples.

He said the day was more significant this year as it coincided with a solar eclipse. But the bali had to be completed before the eclipse.

The police had made elaborated security arrangements for the ritual at all the venues in view of heightened terror threats after the recent bomb blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

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