The annual Jatrotsav and Shidyotsav of Goddess Shree Shanatadurga Ballikarin at Balli ends today, with the famous Shidiyosav Gadyotsav, a ritual symbolising penance.
The ritual is performed in the village of Balli Mutt in the month of Falgun. During the ritual, a wooden pole about 20 metres long is erected in the centre of the ground. On this supporting pole, another pole of about 33 metres is fitted horizontally. The pole is accurately balanced and can hold a man at one end. The man designated as the ‘gado’ is tied to the pole, face down. A rope is tied to the other end and held firmly by a group of people ensuring its proper balance. The pole is then rotated five times. The odd numbered rotations are clock-wise and the even numbered ones are anti-clock-wise. At last, the gado who was tied is released from the pole and the ritual is repeated with another gado. People who witness this ritual treat the gade with great respect.
(The festivities today will begin with Gulal at 9 a.m. followed by Mahaarti and Prasad to the devotees of Shree Shantadurga Ballikarin at Balli.)