EPISODE OF VALI VILAKKU
you enter through the main gate, you come to Balikapura, where you
sec an unusual big size Valivilakku - a celebrated lamp burning
bright with five wicks. Normally every devotee offers prayers first
to this, as it is associated with divine connections. And it came
into this place under circumstances that impel instant genuflexions.
It is, as word goes round was installed in 1545 AD and is burning
since then without a minute's break. Of the many kinds of offerings
to the temple, pouring oil with rituals is one, and its given top
It is so big that it contains nearly 3
liters of oil. As
every visitor invariably worships it with oil offering, it is seen
always overflowing! The excess is collected in vessels. Miraculously
the quantity that is preserved is quite adequate for burning all the
festive occasions, requiring scores and scores of tins, in addition
to daily use.