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From: VIJAYAN KURUP at 11:06 AM - Aug 28, 2015( )

Onam History

Onam is the state festival of Kerala. Celebrated in the first  month ‘chingam’ according to the Malayalee Calender, it is also the annual  harvest festival of the state. The festival falls in the month of August to  September according to the Gregorian calendar. The celebrations of Onam go ten  days long up to Tiruvonam and in some cases to twelve days long until chatayam  (twelfth day). The celebrations of Onam include elaborate rituals, music,  dances, sports, boat races and of course scrumptious foods. There are several  legends and stories attached with the festival. Read on to explore more about  the festival of Onam i.e. its history, its origin and its significance.

 Onam has been a part of Malayalee culture for centuries. The earliest record of  the festival that has been found belongs to the reign of Kulasekhara Perumals  around i.e. around 800 AD. However, there are great possibilities that the  festival was celebrated before this period also. Any ways, due to lack of  physical evidences, it has been assumed that the festival started somewhere  around 800 A.D. as the harvest festival of the state. However, there are so many  legends and stories attached with the day that it seems that the festival has  been a part of the region ever since its origin.

 Onam Celebrations has  two most important significances in context of the Malayalee culture. First of  all, it is celebrated as the harvest festival of the state. It reminds one of  the golden age of prosperity when the entire month of Chingam (the month of  Malayalee calendar that corresponds to the August- September time of Gregorian  calendar) was celebrated as the Onam month. It was the time when the farms of  the state produced excess of food grains and brought prosperity and riches to  the state. Arriving after the rain-drenched month of Karkidakam (July-August),  Chingam was welcomed with much enthusiasm by the people of Kerala.

 The  second and the most popularly quoted legend with the festival is related to the  demon king, Mahabali. It is said that Mahabali was a generous and kind hearted  king of Kerala. He was powered by a boon granted to him by Lord Brahma, he was  invincible and thus gradually won over the entire earth. Soon after he won the  earth, he also won the territory of heaven and became its king. He gradually  rose up to become the undisputed ruler of all the three worlds. It was the time  he inflicted violence upon the gods. Lord Vishnu then decided to overthrow Bali  from his powers. He went to Bali in the form of a Brahman as he knew that the  king rejoiced in doing good deeds and giving alms to the poor. He asked for  three feet of land from the Demon king to which the king readily agreed. 
Gradually, he Brahaman increased in size. In one step, he measured the  entire earth and in the other he covered the entire heaven, he then asked Bali  that where should he put the third step. Bali, a man of his words, then laid  down his head and asked Brahman to step his foot on his head.  Vishnu disguised  in the form of Brahman, thus appeared in front of Bali and offered him the  Kingdom of the nether world. However as Bali was very much in love with the  people of his kingdom at earth, he asked Vishnu to give him a boon so that he  can visit the earth once a year to which Vishu readily agreed. Bali, since then  is believed to come to earth in the month of ‘chingam’ according to the  Malayalee calendar and the entire festival is celebrated to welcome their dear  king Mahabali to earth.


From: VIJAYAN KURUP at 11:34 AM - Aug 28, 2015( )

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Chandran P at 11:36 AM - Aug 28, 2015 ( )

happy onam

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