Onam

ONAM / Vamana Jayanthi

 Onam or Vamana jayanthi, is a Hindu festival celeberated by the Keralites in India. The festival commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and homecoming of Emperor Mahabali. Onam falls in Chingam month (August–September). Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunches, snake boat races, Onappottan, Kaazhchakkula in Guruvayoor, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali etc. are all part of Onaml. People go to temple and offer prayers.

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Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, coincides with the annual visit of Asura King Mahabali from Patala (the underworld), to his homeland. According to the Brahma-Vaivarta Puranam, Lord Vishnu to curb Indra’s pride, positioned Mahabali in great power.

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Under Mahabli’s reign, Kerala witnessed a golden era. The people were happy and prosperous and highly regarded their king. The Indra and devas approached Vishnu to do something, before Mahabali becomes equivalent to Indra. Finding Indra’s pride contained, Vishnu assured of doing the needful.

King Mahabali was performing a great Yagna, by which he will conquer the three worlds. Whilst he was giving alms, Vishnu took the form of a dwarf: Vamana and approached him and asked for three steps of land, for him to live in. The king agreed, against his Guru’s Sukracharya’s wishes. Vamana, then enlarged himself so as to stride over the three worlds. With one step he covered the earth, the other the heaven and when it came for his third step, King Mahabali, inorder to keep his promise, offered his head. Such was his greatness. Vamana then placed his foot on King’s head and sends him down to the netherworld or Patala. Being a great devotee of Vishnu, Mahabali and ancestor, Prahlad were given the sovereignty of Pátála (netherworld). Vishnu served Mahabali, as a gatekeeper in Patala.

With the blessings of Vishnu, Mahabali visits his subjects, every year. Keralites make intricately designed flower mats (Pookolam) in the courtyard of their house, to welcome their King. They prepare a grand feast called Onasadya, a nine course meal of 11 to 13 dishes and serve it on a banana leaf, to show that they are happy.

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Kerala throws open the gates of its rich cultural heritage, during Onam and come out in its best form and spirit during the ten-day festival. Onakalikal, Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal, are performed by women. Folk dances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali are also performed. Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race, is held on the Pamba River, wherein decorative boats are oared by hundreds of boatmen, amidst singing and cheering, by onlookers.

ONAM

Onam or Vamana jayanthi, is a Hindu festival celeberated by the Keralites in India. The festival commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and homecoming of Emperor Mahabali. Onam falls in Chingam month (August–September). Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunches, snake boat races, Onappottan, Kaazhchakkula in Guruvayoor, Puli Kali, Kaikottikkali etc. are all part of Onaml. People go to temple and offer prayers.

Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, coincides with the annual visit of Asura King Mahabali from Patala (the underworld), to his homeland. According to the Brahma-Vaivarta Puranam, Lord Vishnu to curb Indra’s pride, positioned Mahabali in great power. Under Mahabli’s reign, Kerala witnessed a golden era. The people were happy and prosperous and highly regarded their king. The Indra and devas approached Vishnu to do something, before Mahabali becomes equivalent to Indra. Finding Indra’s pride contained, Vishnu assured of doing the needful.

King Mahabali was performing a great Yagna, by which he will conquer the three worlds. Whilst he was giving alms, Vishnu took the form of a dwarf: Vamana and approached him and asked for three steps of land, for him to live in. The king agreed, against his Guru’s Sukracharya’s wishes. Vamana, then enlarged himself so as to stride over the three worlds. With one step he covered the earth, the other the heaven and when it came for his third step, King Mahabali, inorder to keep his promise, offered his head. Such was his greatness. Vamana then placed his foot on King’s head and sends him down to the netherworld or Patala. Being a great devotee of Vishnu, Mahabali and ancestor, Prahlad were given the sovereignty of Pátála (netherworld). Vishnu served Mahabali, as a gatekeeper in Patala.

rangoli designs

With the blessings of Vishnu, Mahabali visits his subjects, every year. Keralites make intricately designed flower mats (Pookolam) in the courtyard of their house, to welcome their King. They prepare a grand feast called Onasadya, a nine course meal of 11 to 13 dishes and serve it on a banana leaf, to show that they are happy.

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Kerala throws open the gates of its rich cultural heritage, during Onam and come out in its best form and spirit during the ten-day festival. Onakalikal, Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal, are performed by women. Folk dances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali are also performed. Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race, is held on the Pamba River, wherein decorative boats are oared by hundreds of boatmen, amidst singing and cheering, by onlookers.

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