Monday, September 27, 2010

Vallasadya at Aaranmula Parthasarathy temple, Kerala

'Thuzhakkar' singing vanchipattu at nadappanthal with great vigour
The great Aaranmula vallasadya. Adaprathaman, Aravana payasam, Aval , Avial , Banana chips; Chammanthi powder , Chukku vellum ,Curd,Ellunda , Fried banana, Ghee, Ginger curry, Holy water from river Pampa, Kaalhen , Kaalipazham payasam , Kalkandum , Kadala Prathaman ,Kychadi , Mango curry, Munthiri pachadi ,Olen, Koottu curry, Pacchadi , Paal payasm , Pachamoru, Pulisserry , Resam, Red Cheera Thoran , Sambar, Thakara Thoran Unniappam and vada.

Receiving Oarsmen at the Kadavu with Ashtamangalyam, fireworks, Kurava and thalappoli

Parasols during the procession

' Palliyodam' in Pamba river (Snake boats) in front of the Aaranmula temple 'Kadavu'. Pamba river on a rainy day. The famous 'Uthruttathi boat race' is taking place here.

Aaranmula parthasarathy temple, nadappanthal and Gopuram

Arrangements in front of the kodimaram for valla sadya
Niraparayum nilavilakkum

Aaranmula temple on a rainy day

Aaranmula temple 'kizhakke nada'
'Valla sadya' in Malayalam means feast in small boats. Kerala is famous for its back waters. In ancient times it was the only transporting system in Kerala. Its a very unique ritualistic feast to the crew 'Thuzhakkar' of Snake boats considering them as the representatives of the diety. Its a 'Vazhipadu offering to the diety of the Aaranmula temple( Krishna as partha sarathy).

Its an energetic ritual to praise the lord with hymns (vanchipattu) and serving them with a great feast which contained 41 ethnic Kerala dishes.

'Nale naleyennayittu bhagawane kanan ithra nalum purappedanja njan innu chellumbol
naleeka nayananenthu thonnumo innu nammodu naleekam karimbanameleytha poleyo'

It was the only vanchipattu familiar to me. This song accompanied by 'Thithitharo thitheytho thithey thaka theythey thom' create a positive atmosphere.
Vallasadya offered on Ashtami Rohini day is the largest one with almost one lakh people attending the feast.

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