FESTIVALS - Karkidaka Vavu

Karkidaka Vavu
It is believed that ' bali ' on Karkidaka vavu will appease spirits of the ancestors and bring good fortunes and prosperity. The rites are performed according to the Hindu custom and usually, it is performed in a Theertha ghat. Necessary arrangements at the various locations will be made by the Devaswom Board authorities/the Viswa Brahmana Sabha/the Viswa Hindu Parishad. The ritual usually began at 5 a.m. and extended up to 12 noon in almost all the major ghats.

Some of the important Theertha ghats

The bali on Karkidaka vavu began at the Triveni Sangamom at Pampa on the foothills of Sabarimala at 5 a.m. Every year hundreds of people perform the `bali' at the Parthasarathy Temple; Sree Sankaranarayana Swami Temple, near Kottangal, in Mallappally taluk.

Thirumullavaaram and Mundakkal beaches in Kollam city and at the Ashtamudi Veerabhadraswamy Temple, Thanni Devi Temple, on Alapad beach and at Palaruvi waterfalls in the district.

The `bali' is also held at the Kattoor Mahavishnu Temple ghats, near Cherukol, Sasthamkoikkal kadavu, in Ranni-Angady, Vettoor Mahavishnu Temple ghats, near Konni, Tricherpuram Subrahmaniaswamy Temple ghats in river Manimala in Mallappally, Cherukol Elavaum-madhom temple ghats, near Kozhencherry, Thrippara Temple ghats in Pathanamthitta, Thondara kadavu in Kuttoor, Vallamkulam Ganapathi kadavu, Keecherival kadavu at Valanjavattom, near Thiruvalla, and the Pandalam Valiyakoickal Sastha Temple ghats in the district.

Aluva manalpuram, the premises of the Mahadeva temple, on the bank of Periyar, is another important Theertha ghat near Kochi.

Navamukundha Temple, Thirunavaya (8km South of Tirur) on the banks of the River Bharathapuzha, said to be the traditional headquarters of the mythical Brahmin hero, Parasurama, is a place of historical and religious significance. Thousands of people perform the pithrukriya rites for the departed souls there. The Navamukunda temple is said to be the sacred spot blessed with the presence of Saraswathi, Gayathri, Lakshmi, Parvathy, Shami, Ganga, and Yamuna.

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