Thousands Gathered For Vavu Bali Ritual in Periyar River

Published on: 07 Aug, 2013
Published under: Cochin District News, Ernakulam District News

7 August 2013
Kochi

Thousands of people reached the shores of the Periyar in spite of incessant rain to offer Vavu Bali, the ritual of paying obeisance to one’s ancestors, held on the new moon day of the Malayalam month of Karkadakam.

The limited facilities on the roadsides because of the submerged sandbanks of the Periyar in Aluva did not deter people from taking part in the rituals.The rituals started around 4 a.m. and around 150 priests had arrived to help the people with the rituals.

The Mahadeva temple administration helped the people by conducting the rituals for several groups at the same time. This also eased the constraints of space. Usually these rituals are conducted by a priest for one group at over 300-odd balitharas that are arranged on the sandbanks.

The ritual is completed with a full dip in the river and this was held in the flooded portion of the sandbank just down the temple devaswom office.The presence of the personnel of the Navy, Fire Force and the police made the people feel safe with rescue boats being kept ready to meet any emergency.

Source– http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Kochi/flooded-periyar-turns-bali-rituals-into-lowkey-event/article4996519.ece

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