significant feature that surfaces now is the suspension of Naivedyam to the
since it is believed that the father observed fast on this day and prayed for
his son's victory. But regular feeding goes on uninterrupted. And Lo! it is done
on a grand scale with many special dishes. Sumptuousness reaches the point of
satiety. Orthodoxy reigns supreme. Alas! the castaways are denied even the
imagination of the stateliness of the celebrations, or privileges enjoyed by the
chosen few. Hence the revolution for equality and lifting of the suppressed
popular offering is the Sandhya Vala - a special type A ritual spreading over 40
days, started generally before Astami Festival.
Siveli procession in the mornings, grand feasts at noon, and lakshadeeparchana
in the nights are the regular features of this special puja. There used to be
heavy competition between rulers like Travancore - Cochin and wealthy Bhaktas for booking in advance for this
puja, since it ensures many covetable benefits
along with bliss. The finale becomes more relish able, if a pious episode occurred
in the sublime life of an illustrations Nayanmar is recounted.