KSRTC Offers Economy Mahabharatha Tour Package

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Thiruvananthapuram: The cash-strapped public transport company of Kerala, which is seeking diversified means for its survival, has now released a budget-friendly pilgrimage package focusing on the Mahabharatha epic to appeal to ordinary passengers and tourists.

The new package, announced by Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Economic Tourism Unit, offers travel enthusiasts and pilgrims a cost-effective opportunity to visit the famous Pancha Pandava temples in the southern state and participate at the famous ‘Valla Sadhya’, the ritual feast served at the Parthasarathy Temple in Aranmula.

The pilgrimage tour is organized in collaboration with various devaswoms (temple managements) and Palliyoda Seva Samithis, outfits that manage boats and rituals related to the Vallasadya, under the slogan “A pilgrimage through the history of Mahabharatha” .

KSRTC management announced the package on Wednesday and invited those interested to pre-book their trip from its respective depots.

According to tradition, Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple, Puliyur Mahavishnu Temple, Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple, Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple and Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple are the five temples in the southern state, which are said to have been built by five Pandava brothers – Yudhishtira , Bheema, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva respectively.

All the temples are located in the Chengennur and Changanassery taluks of ancient central Travancore on the bank of the holy Pamba river.

They are also known as the Five Vaishnava Temples, according to a statement released by the KSRTC leadership here.

During the tour, passengers can also partake in Vallasadya, the ritual offering at Lord Parthasarathy Temple of Aranmula in which the rowers of the serpent boats are offered a sumptuous feast, from August 4 to October 9.

They will also have the chance to see firsthand the making of the historic Aranmula Kannadi, a unique mirror made in the region by skilled craftsmen.

Another attraction of the package is the availability of an audio guide, including a detailed account of the temples’ history, rituals and offerings, KSRTC sources added.

The goal of the budget packages was to provide affordable tours for ordinary people and generate handsome revenue on a regular basis, they said.

The KSRTC has been organizing similar low-budget tours for several months.

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