Aranmula vallasadya begins with religious fervour

Thursday, Jul 16, 2015,20:01 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Aranmula (Kerala) | The annual 80-day Aranmula Vallasadya, a feast to be held at Lord Parthasarathy Temple here, began with religious fervour and traditional gaiety.
As many as 48 different items will be served at thisĀ  feast. The feast is given to the crew/rowers of Palliyodam (a unique kind of snake boat considered as the divine vessel of Lord Krishna), taking them as representatives of Lord Parthasarathy.
The annual ritualistic feast, Vallasadya, is an important ritualistic offering of a sumptuous feast by the devotees to the presiding deity at the Aranmula temple during the annual Onam festival.
Preparations for Vallasadya during Onam festival is being observed by lighting a lamp with the fire brought from the sanctum sanctorum. The fire from the lamp is then transferred to the hearths prepared at the temple Oottupura (kitchen complex).
The temple is situated on the banks of river Pampa here. The crew/rowers will be accorded a customary reception at the temple ghats and will be escorted to the temple premises with the accompaniments of traditional percussion.
As many as 600 vallasadyas are expected to take part during the season. The ritualistic feast is being organised by the Palliyoda Seva Sanghom (PSS) in association with the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), the temple administrative body of the State Government.