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Hundreds witness Uthrasreebali at Sreevallabha Temple

Staff Reporter

- Photo: Leju Kamal

CEREMONY: The Uthrasreebali ritual being performed at the Sreevallabha Temple in Thiruvalla on Thursday.

PATHANAMTHITTA: This year’s Uthrasreebali festival at Thiruvalla Sreevallabha Temple, regarded as one of the 108 Tirupatis in the country, was celebrated on Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of devotees thronged the temple precincts to witness the annual event that provides them the unique opportunity to worship five deities—the presiding deities at the three Bhagavathy temples of Karunattukavu, Padappad and Alamthuruthy, Lord Sreevallabha (Vishnu) and Sudarshanamurthy—on a common platform (Ancheeswara-darshanom).

Every year, the northern gate of the temple opens only on the Uthrasreebali day to receive the three deities from the Bhagavathy temples.

‘Vishukaineettom’

It is believed that the three deities reach the Sreevallabha Temple to accept the customary ‘Vishukaineettom’ offered to them by Lord Vishnu on this day.

The ritualistic parts of the festival came to a close when the presiding deity of Alamthuruthy Bhagavathy Temple was taken back to Alamthuruthy, near Kadapra, in a ceremonial procession in the afternoon.

Devotees believe that the Uthrasreebali darshan will bring them good luck and prosperity.

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