10 August, 2016

Malayalis Performed Traditional Ritual Karkidaka ‘Vavu Bali’ In Hyderabad

Sticking to the traditions and rituals of their native state, Malayalis living in Hyderabad organised a traditional ritual, Karkidaka ‘vavu bali’ (Pithru Karma in the month of Ashada Amavasi) at Kapra lake, in which around 2,000 Keralites participated and offered the rites in memory of departed souls of their ancestors.

Rama Dharma Prachara Sabha (RDBS), the organisers of the event since last 8 years in Hyderabad, held ‘bali tharpanam’, this year on August 2, 2016. It was held at 6-10 AM on the lake side of Kapra lake in Sainikpuiri, Secunderabad.

On this occasion, 810 people performed the Bali karmam and more than 1000 devotees participated in the event and it was supervised by priests connected to temples in Kerala.

RDBS also arranged bathing ‘ghats’, mobile toilets, medical aid and other facilities at the venue. The Municipal Corporation of Hyderabad (MCH) had also extended its support in cleaning the lake side before and after the rituals. Around 50 volunteers worked round the clock for nearly 10 days for this event to succeed.

Karkidaka Vavu Bali, also called Bali, is the sacrificial ritual performed in memory of the departed souls of ancestors. On the day of vavu or Amavasi (no moon day) people belonging to the Hindu religion gather on the riverbanks and beaches to offer bali.

Varkala Papanasam beach is also one of the major religious destinations on the day. People believe that the departed souls attain `moksha(liberartion) if the ritualistic homage is performed on Karkidaka vavu.

According to the Hindu custom, if a member of a family dies, the younger of the family have to perform Bali (also called Pithru Tharpanam) to liberate the soul from the shackles of this wordly life and to help the soul achieve eternal peace. The Bali carried out on Karkidaka Vavu (Karkidakavavu) day is called Vavubaliwhich is of great importance.

The regular custom is to perform the ritual on the basis of the calculations on the star of the day the family member has died. However, Karkidaka Vavu bali is performed regardless of these calculations. The rites are conducted as per the Hindu custom and performed in beaches and waterways. It is an important occasion in Kerala and they participate in this ritual on the day of Karkidaka Vavu.

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