As many as 48 snake-boats (Palliyodam) will take part in the annual snake-boat regatta (Vallamkali) to be held in the Pampa at Aranmula on September 2, the Uthrittathi day during the Onam.
In a statement issued here on Monday, K.V. Sambadevan, president, Palliyoda Seva Sanghom that organises the annual event, said Union and State Ministers and socio-cultural leaders would attend the inaugural function.
He said the boat race and pageantry would be held separately for the boats categorised into ‘A’ and ‘B’ batches. The Mannam memorial gold trophy would be presented to the winners in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ batches.
The boat crew who showcase the best performance in traditional style in the snake-boat pageantry will be presented with a cash prize of Rs.2 lakh.
Mr. Sambadevan said the participants should strictly adhere to the traditional Aranmula style in rowing the palliyodams, in tune with the customary Vanchipattu.
Meanwhile, the Water Resources Department has began to clear the mud and sand banks formed along the Sathrakkadavu- Parthasarathy Temple ghats stretch of the race course using an earth-mover. The department has promised to clear the silt from the temple ghats and surrounding areas before the beginning of the two-month-long season of Vallasadya offering at the Sree Parthasarathy Temple on July 30. Uthradom Tirunaal Marthanda Varma of the ruling family of erstwhile Travancore will inaugurate the Vallasadya on the day.
The Ashtami-Rohini Vallasadya will be held on the temple premises on the Srikrishna Janmashtami day on September 8.
Around 3,500 kg of rice would be cooked for the mega feast and as many as 50,000 people were expected to partake of the feast, Mr. Sambadevan said.
PSS and devotees would be organising the mass feast, under the supervision of the Travancore Devaswom Board.