The rituals and customs in Kasaragod differ a lot from the rest of the state. And this dip in the sea on Thirtha Amavasi day is one such custom. Young and old, men and women take part in this ritual.
The Amavasi day in the Malayalam month of Chingam is when this ritual is observed. The people believe that a dip in the ocean will safeguard you against skin diseases for the year to come.
The ritualistic dip in the ocean is observed by people along the coast till Gokarna in Karnataka.
The ritual begins with the temple priests conducting a pooja and pouring milk into the ocean before taking a dip. Devotees both young and old join in taking the dip.
This is followed by a sumptuous meal at home.