KOCHI: On the evening of Ashtami Rohini, the streets of Kochi turned into a mini “Ambadi” as hundreds of little ones dressed up as Radha and Krishna paraded the city.
Toddlers with flute in their hands and peacock feathers adorning their head was a sight pleasing the eyes of all those who were part of the celebration.The parade was part of the “Mahashobayatra” organised by Balagokulam as its concluding ceremony of Ashtami Rohini celebrations. As a prelude to the yatra, there were other events including adoration of ‘gomatha’ and ‘kudumbasangamam’. Various traditional ceremonies took place across 45 temples.
A painting competition and saffron flag hoisting were also held. The adoration of gomatha, a sacred ceremony where a cow is worshipped, was held on Wednesday at Ernakulam Shiva temple.
The Kudumbasangamam, a family get-together, was held on Friday at Elamakkara Bhaskariyam Convention Centre and was inaugurated by cine actor Balachandra Menon.
The Mahashobhayatra commenced from several places such as Marine Drive helipad, Ayyappankavu temple, T D temple, Ravipuram Srikrishnaswamy temple and concluded at Ernakulam Shiva temple. According to the organisers, dressing up children like Radha and Krishna is believed to be an offering to god on the auspicious day.