15 Apr 2023

Malyalam New Year 2023: Devotees Throng Temples On Vishu Festival In Kerala, Other Parts Of Country

Sabarimala: Kerala witnessed throngs of devotees since Saturday morning to see 'Vishukkani' and offer prayers to 'Vishukkani' including the world famous Lord Ayyappa on the occasion of Vishu festival, Malayalam New Year.

Rituals like Neyyabhishekam, Kalabhabhishekam and Padipooja are performed in the hill temple on this day.

Vishu, marking the beginning of the Malayalam New Year, is being celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety by Malayalees across the world.

On this occasion, since this morning lakhs of people are coming to the major temples of Kerala to offer prayers and see 'Vishukkani'. People get up early to see the auspicious 'Vishukkani'. The ritual consists of arranging auspicious items like seasonal fruits, rice, coconut, jackfruit, vegetables, flowers, gold, coins, clothes, golden cucumber and konna.



Children welcome Vishu

The traditional belief is that the new year will be better if auspicious, joyful things are seen first on Vishu.
On this day there is also a popular tradition of giving money by the elders to the younger ones or the dependents of the family. This is called 'Vishu Kaineettam'. Children welcome Vishu by setting off fireworks on this day.

Vishu Sadhya, a sumptuous lunch with traditional Kerala dishes, is also one of the essentials.

This festival is celebrated by different names in different parts of India as Ugadhi in Karnataka, Bihu in Assam and Baisakhi in Punjab.



Rush of devotees for 'Vishukkani' darshan 

Major temples across the state including Sree Padmanabha Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, Vaikom Mahadeva Temple, Thiruvanvandoor Goshala-MahaVishnu Temple, Kodungallur Devi Temple, Malayalapuzha Devi Temple Pattazhi Devi Temple are witnessing big rush of devotees for 'Vishukkani' darshan on the occasion. Crowds are being seen.

During this time, devotees in many temples are taking blessings from the priests by giving 'Vishu Kainittam'.

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, Leader of Opposition VD Satheesan, senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala, legislators, ministers and MPs also greeted people on the occasion.

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