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Karkidaka Vavu Bali, also called Bali, is the sacrificial ritual performed in memory of the departed souls of ancestors. People believe that the departed souls attain `moksha(liberartion) if the ritualistic homage is performed on Karkidaka vavu.
The importance of Karkidaka Vavubali
Hindu customs and rituals give much importance to the rituals that are to be performed after the death. In Malayalam these rituals are commonly denoted as shesha kriya (shesham means after and kriya denotes rituals). According to the Hindu custom, if a member in the family dies, the younger ones in the family have to perform Bali (also called Pithru Tharpanam) to liberate the soul from the shackles of this wordly life and to help the soul achieve eternal peace. The Bali carried out on Karkidaka Vavu (Karkidakavavu) day is called Vavubali which is of great importance.
The regular custom is to perform the ritual on the basis of the calculations on the star of the day the family member has died.
The rituals and formal procedures
It is mandatory for the person performing the bali to take rice or rice made food only once on the day before the day of the ritual. This peculiar practise is called orikkal in Malayalam (meaning once).