Thiruvananthapuram | Thousands of people across Kerala paid homage to their ancestors by offering bali tharpanam on the auspicious Karkidaka Vavu today along the banks of rivers, sea shores and temples. Devotees believe that the departed souls attain moksha (liberation) if the ritual is performed on ‘Karkidaka Vavu’ (new moon day in July-August).
Periyar river bank at Aluwa, one of the holy rivers of the state, witnessed a heavy rush of devotees from early morning. The Cochin Devaswom Board had made necessary facilities for people to offer ‘bali tharpanam’.
The Travancore Devaswom Board had made elaborate arrangements to help people offer ‘bali tharpanam’ at holy places like the nearby Shangumugham beach here, Thiruvaloom Parasurama Temple, Papanasam beach at Varkala and Shiva Temple at Aruvippuram.