custom started thus with full faith in the Lord's grace, later developed into a
state sport of unusual attraction and glamour. The boats called Chundan vallom
are very big in size measuring more than 100 feet in length and an 18 feet long
stern. It is manned by 100 rowers, 4 helmsmen and 25 singers. The boats
participating in the Vallomkali normally' assemble at the temple ghat by dawn
and sail ahead in pairs under able supervision. The course lasts for two hours.
It is quite thrilling to see the rowers striving their best, and the singers
enthusing them with rousing tunes. As it is a race, each participant tries to
out step the other with utmost prowess.
The spectators enjoy the spectacle with
baited breath. Soon after the race, an elaborate sumptuous feast is given to the
participants and it is called Vallasadya. It is quite rewarding and rejuvenating
too. Ardent devotees deem it a .pleasure to meet its expenditure, since the
custom started with pious motive. of offering prayers to Sri Parthasarathy, the
presiding of the deity whose omni compassion lifted and is lifting the deserving.