COVID-19: No ‘Bali Tharpanam’ at Aluva Manappuram this time
Aluva: There will be no ‘Bali Tharpanam’ at Aluva Manappuram this time around due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bali Tharpanam as part of Karkkadaka Vavu, was originally scheduled to be held from Sunday midnight to Monday noon. The Travancore Devaswom Board (TBD) had dropped its plans to conduct ‘Bali Tharpanam’ in its temples in view of COVID-19.
Bali Tharpanam is regularly held at the Aluva Mahadeva Temple. However, the ritual was performed only once in the last four months as the temple was closed due to COVID-19 prevention efforts.
Later, when temples were reopened under strict restrictions, Bali Tharpanam was held for about one month. But when 15 wards in Aluva municipality were declared containment zones, the TDB decided to stop the ritual. With the entire municipality becoming a containment zone, the plans for Bali Tharpanam were dropped completely.
Moreover, the TDB administrator has informed that devotees will not be allowed inside the temple on the occasion of Karkidaka Vavu.
A meeting chaired by the Aluva DySP on Saturday had directed the TDB to drop plans for Bali Tharpanam at the temple. The Manappuram road, which leads to the temple, has been closed off using barricades.
The ceremony was not held on two occasions in the last decade. It was in 2013 and 2018 when the Manappuram was submerged in the floods.
Meanwhile, Rural SP K. Karthik said that in view of the government order banning all religious activities that could result in crowd gathering until July 31, Bali Tharpanam is not allowed in the state.