Karkidaka Vavu Bali

Karkidaka Vavu Bali is a ritual performed by Hindus to honour their dead ancestors. It is said that the 'Bali' or tribute ensures that the departed soul is granted eternal peace. It is observed every year on Amavasi or no moon day. Karkidakam (July to August) is the last month of the Malayalam calendar. People gather in large numbers to perform the 'Bali Tharpanam'. Services are held simultaneously in several holy rivers, temples and waterways across Kerala. Men, women and children offer Bali to pay homage to their ancestors and liberate their souls.

This ceremony, called the Vavubali, is said to free the departed from their earthly shackles and ensure their safe passage in the afterlife. The requirements for the service consist of a few grains of raw rice, sesame seeds and a little water. Those performing the ceremony must fast the day before it and eat only food made from rice on the day. It begins early in the morning and thousands of people perform the rituals simultaneously. Thiruvallom Temple and Shankumugham Beach in Thiruvananthapuram and the Papanasam Beach in Varkala are among the most popular spots for this ceremony.




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