Friday 22 July 2022 7:38 AM UTC
GILLINGHAM (Kent) July 22: Kent Ayyappa Temple is organising this year’s Karkidaka Vavu Bali from 7.30 AM until 10.30 AM on Thursday 28 July, 2022, at Medway Hindu Mandir (361 Canterbury Street, Gillingham ME7 5XS).
Shree Manikandan Namboothiri will be present to facilitate and guide the Pithru Tharpan rituals on the day. Karkidaka Vavu or ‘Karkidaka Vavu Bali’ is the name for the rituals performed by the Hindus in the Indian state of Kerala for their deceased ancestors. This day is also known as ‘Vavu Bali’ and is held in the month of ‘Karkidakam’ in the Malayalam calendar.
The ceremonies for deceased grandparents, parents, siblings, children and relatives are performed on ‘Karutavavu’ (new moon) in the month of Karkidaka.
In Kerala, the ‘Shraddh’ rituals done for the soul of the dead is known as ‘Bali’ and the new moon day or ‘Amavasi’ is referred as ‘Vavu’, hence the name ‘Vavu Bali’.
On the auspicious day of Karkidaka Vavu, devotees in large numbers perform the ‘Bali Tharpanam’ ritual in order to pay homage to their departed ancestors.
Karkidaka Vavu is performed under the supervision of known priest or elderly person.
Pre-registration is mandatory and the last for registration is Monday 25 July, 2022.
To participate in the Karkidaka Vavu Bali this year, please register using the weblink :
For further information:
Tel: 07838170203 / 07478728555 / 07985245890
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