Karkidaka Vavu Bali – Aug 11, 2018 at Kachamkurissi Temple Grounds.
Karkidaka Vavu Bali is a ritual performed by Hindus to honour their ancestors. It is said that the ‘Bali’ or tribute ensures that the departed soul is granted eternal peace. It is observed every year on Amavasi or ‘no moon’ day. Karkidakam (July to August) is the last month of the Malayalam calendar. People gather in large numbers to perform the ‘Bali Tharpanam’. Services are held simultaneously in several holy rivers, temples and waterways across Kerala. Men, women and children offer Bali to pay homage to their ancestors and liberate their souls.
Those performing the ceremony must fast the day before it and eat only food made from rice on the day.
(Source: Kerala Tourism)
Illam Nira – Aug 12, 2018 at Kachamkurissi Temple
‘Illam Nira’, a ceremony that is part of the harvest festivities of Kerala, is celebrated in temples during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam (July – August) and is considered to be a tribute to nature. As part of the ‘Illam Nira’ ceremony, freshly reaped paddy spikes are brought into the temple, and special pujas are performed in honour of this gift of the earth. ‘Illam Nira’ is symbolically representative of a good harvest – a harvest where store-houses and granaries are filled with plenty, right up to the next season.
(Extracted and adapted from ‘Kerala Rekhakal’ by VS Moni)