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Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the sea on Thirtha Amavasi day

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Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the sea on Thirtha Amavasi day Some kids were happy, while the others were scared of a dip in the ocean. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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.

Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the ocean on Thirtha Amavasi day Families gather to take a dip. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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. 

Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the ocean on Thirtha Amavasi day The sea water, they say, will cleanse you. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

The ritualistic dip in the ocean is observed by people along the coast till Gokarna in Karnataka. 

Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the ocean on Thirtha Amavasi day Some children who gathered by the beach were reluctant to take a dip. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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. 

Why people in Kasaragod take a dip in the ocean on Thirtha Amavasi day And for those who love the seas, this was just one more reason for fun and frolic. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

This is followed by a sumptuous meal at home. 

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