Mangaluru, Aug 2, 2016 : Today is Aati Amavaysa, an auspicious day in Hindu calendar. The first moon occurrence of August month is marked as Aati Amavasya. It is believed that on this day Lord Shiva was taken over by Parvathi’s devotion towards him and accepted her as his wife.
The day is very special for people of Tulunad who consume Paleda Kashaya and Methe Ganji. The Paleda Kashaya or concoction is prepared from the bark of Paale tree which is also known as Devil’s Tree in English while Methe Ganji is a rice porridge prepared using fenugreek seeds.
Hundreds of devotees are thronging the Narahari Shree Sadashiva Temple and Mahatobar Shree Karinjeshwara Temple, Karinje, two important pilgrim shrines of Bantwal taluk on this holy day. They offer prayers to the Lord and have a sense of fulfilment after taking holy dips (Theertha Snana) in the Temple ponds.
Devotees had begun arriving at the two shrines as early as 4 am and are offering their prayers to the Lord. They also take a holy dip in the Gada Theertha, Ungushta Theertha and Jaanu Theertha of Shree Kshetra Karinja. As is the custom several newlywed couples too visit the shrine and pray to the Lord on Aati Amavasya Day.
At Narahari Shree Sadashiva Kshetra near Kalladka too hundreds of devotees are offering prayers after taking a holy dip in the Theertha lakes namely Shankha, Chakra, Gada and Padma.Another distinct tradition here is to offer ropes to the Lord with the belief that it can cure asthma.