Valla sadya ( ashtami rohini) Sree parthasarathy temple aranmula, Kerala, India
Valla sadya is a mass feast which includes 45 varities of dishes, given by devotees of Lord krishna the presiding deity of Aranmula Sree parthasarathy temple, to the crew/ rowers of palliyodam ( a unique kind of snake boat) which they consider as the divine vessel of Lord krishna.
Valla sadya is conducted by devotees as an offering ( vazhipadu) to the diety. A number of well known personalities in different fields of society in India routinely offer valla sadhya as an offering. Dr K J Yesudas , well known malayalam singer, Sreeshanth , indian cricketer, Parvathy omanakuttan, former miss india, Prithviraj, a leading malayalam film actor are some of the personalities who have offered valla sadhyas in the past.
The valla sadhya on ashtami rohini or Sree Krishna Janmashtami day (birth day of Lord krishna) is considered special. As many as 44 palliyodams take part in the feast. Food is offered to around 40- 50, 000 people on that day at the Ootupura ( a large dining hall) .As per tradition around 1,000 litres of specially prepared curd will be brought from Chenappady in Kottayam district.
How to book a vallasadya?
Devotees who wish to offer a Vallasadya should submit applications to a Palliyodakkara that owns a snakeboat. Once it accepts the request, they should book the Vallasadya at the PSS office of TDB office, Aranmula.
The palliyoda seva sangham (PSS) organises the valla sadyas . devotees could book their Vallasadya Vazhipadu (offering) at the PSS office in front of the Parthasarathy Temple
. ( Phone number for booking valla sadhya at aranmula : 0468-2239310 9447408260, 9995866432,)
From 2016 the public will be able to take part in Vallasadya by buying coupons. People may book coupons for Vallasadya at Rs.150 through the helpline No: 8281113010 or may purchase coupons from the PSS office.
Vallasadya schedule for the year 2016.
2016 season of Vallasadya began on July 15 and will come to a close on October 2 2016
News from past vallasadyas:
For the year 2014 The contractors who have been designated for Vallasadyar are: Gopalakrishnan of Parvathy Mandiram, Manoj Madhavasserril, Vijayan Nadamangalathu, Sasidharan Nair of Manu Caterings, Chandrashekharan Nair of Parthan Caterings, Gopalakrishnan of Sreevalsom Caterings, and S.N. Sadasivan Pillai of Parthasarathy Caterings.