Thiruvananthapuaram, Apr 15 (PTI) Keralites today celebrated the harvest festival of ‘Vishu’ with traditional fervour and gaiety, looking ahead to a season of peace and prosperity.

People woke up in the early hours to see the auspicious ‘Vishukkani,’ symbolising hope, promise and fine prospects they wish to have in the year ahead.

The ritual comprises arranging on platters auspicious articles like seasonal fruits, vegetables, flower, gold and clothes which together form the first sight when the family members wake up to on the Vishu day.

Keralites dressed in their traditional attire thronged temples across the state, including the famous Guruvayur and Sabarimala, which witnessed heavy rush of devotees for Vishu darshan.

At the Sabarimala hill shrine of Lord Ayyappa, a large number of devotees from neighbouring states also thronged for the Vishu darshan, for which elaborate arrangements had been made.

Keeping up the long tradition, elders gifted coins to children as part of the custom known as ‘Vishukaineettam.’ Kerala Governor, P Sathasivam and Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, and opposition leader, Ramesh Chennithala were among those who greeted malayalees on the occasion of ‘Vishu’.

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