In pics: Mumbai’s fishing community celebrates Nariyal Purnima
They throw coconuts and garlands into the sea to express their gratitude towards Lord Varunamumbai Updated: Aug 07, 2017 14:11 IST
Nariyal Purnima, the fishermen’s festival, marks the start of the new fishing season and the end of the fishes’ mating season, during which fishermen avoid venturing into the sea.
The word ‘Nariyal’ is derived from ‘Naral’, which means ‘coconut’. ‘Purnima’ signifies the ‘full moon day’ .
Devotees worship Lord Varuna, the Sea God, on this day.
They throw coconuts and garlands into the sea to express their gratitude towards him and seek his blessings for a plentiful catch. The myth surrounding the practice is that in the Ramayana, Lord Varuna held aloft a bridge that helped Lord Rama move towards Lanka.
Boats bearing lighted lamps also go out into the sea.