Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Main ' Bali Tharpanam' Centers of Kerala

This year's 'Karkidaka Vavu' is on Friday, 14th August 2015 and the 'Bali Tharpanam' ritual will be performed by most of the people in Kerala on that day while some people do it on the no moon day of Malayalam month 'Thulam'.
It is well known that the most important places to perform Bali Obeisance  for the departed forefathers are 'Illam Vallam and Nelli'.Illam refers to our own home, 'Vallam' is Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple at Thiruvanathapuram and 'Nelli' is Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple.
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple
For those who like to perform it in their own home has to cook a little rice in a clean place.They have to take bath, wear a white bath towel or dhoti and has to do this ritual.They need a piece of banana leaf on which they have to place the cooked rice by wearing a ring made of 'darpha'( a type of grass) on the right hand ring finger.They have to sit on the floor and has to pray to the Almighty and request the souls of their departed Kin and Kith to be present there during the 'Bali Tharpanam' ritual.They have to provide very small quantities of milk,sandalwood paste,sesame seeds,Cheroola ( a herb), and water one by one on the leaf by assuming that they are providing food for the souls.The believed concept is that one year on the earth is same as their one day at the abode of God.A small piece of thread has to be taken from the towel or dhoti being worn by the performer and placed on the leaf assuming that you are providing the souls clothes also.
Then they begs for mercy for the mistakes done by the performer and family members and pray for the blessings from the departed souls and also from  the God.Then the performer will prostrate and request God to safeguard the souls at his abode.The contents of the leaf will be given to crows or flown in water.
Palaruvi Waterfall
At the famous 'Balitharpanam' sites people gather in large numbers  and perform this ritual in groups.At the centers like 'Thiruvallam,Shanghumugham,Thirumullavarm,Varkala Papanasam,Thirunavaya,Aluva Manalpuram' etc several thousands people throng for this ritual.
Some may feel that these kind of rituals are superstitions.By giving a handful of rice and a piece of thread as food and cloth for all the departed souls in the family once in an year is all nonsense is their feel.The main aim for such kind of ritual is to minimize the pride and ego of the people.Every year they repent for the mistakes performed during the past year before their forefathers and the God will lead them forward through the right path to an extent.The performer will gain strength mentally by feeling that he is not an orphan and is being watched and helped by their forefathers.
 It reminds them that their position and possession will not aid them after the life on this earth.By wearing the same kind of attire, a bath towel or dhoti by the rich and poor,educated high class people and layman alike,   and performing  the ritual in a group of all categories of people,  it reminds them that all are one and the same before God. The well fortunate People will also  think and realize that the food and clothing for  their rich departed souls has to be provided by their relatives and friends and their wealth here on the earth is of no use there at the God's abode.The hyper reality that the  richness and status here in this world  are of no use after their death may minimize their ego.
Thonnallur Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathy Temple
Kallooppara Bhagavathy Temple
Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple
Thrippara Mahadeva Temple
Such kind of rituals are designed for people to lead a disciplined  way of life.They reminds about their obligations and helps to remember about those who were responsible for their existence as well as success.They will understand that there is no need of pride,jealousy,outrage etc.There is no differentiation for God towards any human being.It is evident that even if this ritual is not done, the souls will not starve for food because God is very kind and as the creator of the Universe he handles each and everything preciously well in his own unique way.
 By remembering the departed souls of the kin and kith deeply,expressing gratitude and love towards them   and prostrating to them at least once in an year, request them  to forgive the mistakes done during  the past year is all but a  good practice in every sense.
Some of the main 'Bali Tharpanam' centers in Kerala are:-
1)   Thiruvallam Temple,Thiruvananthapuram

Bali Tharpanam at Varkala Papanasam Beach

2)   Aruvikkara Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
3)   Aruvippuram Temple,Thiruvananthapuram
4)   Shanghumugham Beach,Thiruvananthapuram
5)   Papanasam Beach,Varkala
6)   Thirumullavaram Beach,Kollam
7)   Mundakkal Beach, Kollam,
8)   Veerabhadra Swamy temple,Ashtamudi,Kollam
9)   Palaruvi Waterfall,Kollam
!0)  Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple ghats,Aranmula
11) Thonnallur Pattupurakkavu Bhagavathy Temple ghats,Pathanamthitta
12) Bhagavathy temple ghats in Manimala River at Kallooppara
13) Mahadeva Temple ghats,Pandalam
14) Thrippara Mahadeva temple ghats,Vallicode,Pathanamthitta
15) Thriveni ghats at Pamba,Sabarimala
16) Komalam Devi temple  ghats,Vennikulam
17) Thrikkunnapuzha temple  Beach
18) Aluva Mahadeva Temple ghats
19) Thirunavaya Temple ghats
20) Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple
21) Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple
22) Varakkal Beach near Kozhikode
23) Thrikkannad Triambakeswara Temple

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