"\\r\\n<br><p>\\n<h2 class=\\"intro\\">\\n\\u2018Thiruvonathoni\\u2019 participants to be limited to 40, just 3 snake-boats for boat race\\n<\\\/h2>\\n<\\\/p><div id=\\"content-body-14269002-35427747\\">\\n<p> The Thiruvonathoni procession in Aranmula will witness restricted celebrations for the second year in a row with the authorities on Tuesday deciding to limit the number of participants to 40. <\\\/p><p>A decision to conduct the rituals, including the Thiruvonathoni procession, Uthrattathi boat race and the Ashtamirohini Vallasadya, with limited number of participants was taken at a meeting convened by Health Minister Veena George. District Collector Divya S. Iyer and representatives of all 52 \\u2018palliyoda\\u2019 committees too attended the online meeting.<\\\/p><p>Addressing the meeting, the Minister said all participants should have received at least one dose of vaccine and undergone RT-PCR test prior to attending the ritual.<\\\/p><p>Three \\u2018palliyodams\\u2019 (snake-boats) will accompany the Thiruvonathoni during its 10-hour journey. The rowers will not be permitted to go ashore. The snake-boats, representing the three zones of palliyoda committees, will be permitted to take on board a maximum of 40 persons.<\\\/p><p>The snake-boats attending the event will be selected by draw of lots, which will be held at the Aranmula Parthasarathy temple on July 26.<\\\/p><h2>Not open to public<\\\/h2><p>The boat race will be held symbolically with just three snake-boats taking part in the event. None of these events will be open to the public. A decision on holding the Vallasadya will be made later in accordance with the prevailing COVID-19 situation.<\\\/p><p>The Thiruvonathoni, which leaves the Kattoor Mahavishnu temple on August 20, will be accorded a reception at Aranmula on August 21.The Uthruttathi boat race will be on August 25.<\\\/p><p>Meanwhile, the Collector has given permission to hold the elections to the Palliyoda Seva Sangham committee on August 1 in strict adherence with the COVID-19 guidelines.<\\\/p>\\n<\\\/div>\\r\\n\\r\\n<br><a href=\\"https:\\\/\\\/www.thehindu.com\\\/news\\\/national\\\/kerala\\\/low-key-celebrations-this-time-too-at-aranmula\\\/article35427747.ece\\">Source link <\\\/a>"