Maha Shivaratri: ‘Bali Tharpanam’ offered to departed souls


Kochi, Feb 19 (UNI) – Maha Shivaratri | Thousands of devotees offered ‘Bali Tharpanam’ to the departed souls of their ancestors on the banks of Periyar River at Aluva Shiva temple here on the occassion of Maha Shivratri festival in Kerala on Saturday.


‘Bali’ rituals, which started on the early morning of February 18, would continue until 11 am on February 20.


Performing the ritual on the midnight of Shivratri is considered auspicious by the devotees.


Devasom Board, the administrative body of temples in the State, has set up 116 sacrificial altars for devotees to offer ‘Bali’ on the banks of Periyar River.


Since early morning of Saturday, devotees thronged Shiva temples in Kerala and offered worship and performed special poojas on the occassion of Maha Shivratri.


Major temples including Sree Kandeswaram, Thiruvallam Parasurama and Kushakkod Shiva temples in Thiruvananthapuram, Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, Maha Deva Temple at Vaikom and Shiva temple at Ettumanur in Kottayam, Ernakulam Shiva Temple and Thirunelly temple in Wayanad have witnessed heavy rush since Saturday morning onwards.


Special poojas and programmes were conducted in many Ashrams including Matha Amrithanandamayi Devi Math at Karunagappally in Kollam.


About 1,200 police personnel, a medical team, two vehicles of the Fire and Rescue Services, scuba divers and 25 volunteers were deployed at Aluva Manappuram.


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