Tens of thousands of people in a district converged during vital temples and stream ghats to remember their ancestors on Sunday when this year’s Karkidaka Vavu was observed.
They achieved a annual ‘bali tharpanam’ protocol during a showering ghats of rivers (bali kadavu). Huge crowds could be witnessed during a Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Temple, Varkala Janardhana Swamy Temple, a Shanghumughom beach in Thiruvananthapuram, and a Aruvippuram Siva church given 2.30 a.m. when a rituals began.
Around 70,000 rituals (bali tharpanam) were achieved during a Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Temple, according to information supposing by a Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB). Eight mandapams were set-up inside and outward a precincts of a church so as to safeguard around 3,500 devotees could make a offerings during a time. The house deployed around 50 priests to lead a rituals.
O. Rajagopal, MLA, Revenue (Devaswom) secretary K.R. Jyothilal, and Transport Commissioner S. Ananthakrishnan were among those who came to offer bali. As partial of crowd-control measures, a ticketing trickery was also put in place.
Close to 10,000 people offering bali during a Shangumughom beach where a rituals got underneath approach with a TDB boss Prayar Gopalakrishnan lighting a normal lamp. Large mandapams put adult during a place enabled 1,000 devotees to perform bali tharpanam simultaneously.
Various measures were put in place by a district administration, Corporation, Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Tourism Department, Kerala Water Authority, and a Coast Guard to safeguard a well-spoken control of a rituals. Life guards were deployed. Besides, visit alerts were sounded on a beach, quite when severe waves lashed a shore. Doctors and paramedical staff were also available.
At Varkala, there was a outrageous rush of devotees on a Papanasam beach. A vast throng collected during a Sree Janardhana Swamy church as early as 2.30 a.m. The rituals came to an finish by around 3 p.m. Over 10,000 devotees offering bali on a beach, central sources said.