Thousands perform bali darpanam in Kerala
25 July 2006
TRIVANDRUM —Tens of thousands of Hindu devotees performed a unique ritual called ‘bali darpanam’ on the new moon day of the Malayalam month of Karkkidakam yesterday.
‘Bali’ is performed on the death anniversary of a person. But Karkitakavavu is a day common to all and performing the ritual on the day is believed to be auspicious.
Men and women assembled in large numbers on river banks and beaches and offered ‘bali’ (a mixture of boiled rice, turmeric and ocimum) amid chanting of mantras. Priests helped and guided the devotees in performing the rituals. The final step of the ritual is performed standing waist deep in a river or sea.
There was a heavy rush at Sankhumugham, Thiruvallam and Varkala Papanasam beaches in the capital district. Life guards were posted on the beaches in sufficient number as the sea has been rough for the past few days.
Good turnout was also reported from other places like Thirunavaya in Malappuram district, Varaikkal beach at Calicut, Thirunelli in Wayanad district and Alwaye in Ernakulam disitrict.
In many places, pandals were put up for the people to perform the ritual, followed by the ceremonial dip in the sea or the river.