‘Onam’ is one of the most important Hindu festivals; especially in Kerala-‘God’s own country’ It is a state festival.
“Onam’ is an ancient festival continuing in modern times. Kerala’s rice harvest festival and the Festival of Rain Flowers, which fall on the month of Chingam(August-September). It celebrates the Asura King Mahabali’s annual visit from Patala (the underworld). Onam is unique since Mahabali has been revered by the people of Kerala since prehistorical days. The King is so much attached to his kingdom that it is believed that he comes annually from the nether world to see his people living happily. It is in honour of King Mahabali that Onam is celebrated. The deity Vamana, also called Onatthappan, is also revered during this time by installing a clay figure next to the floral carpet (Pookolam) .
The birthday of Sri Padmanabha, the presiding Deity of Thiruvananthapuram, is on the Thiruvonam day in the month of Chingam. Thiruonam day is the most important day of Onam.
Here is an ONAM special song in Malayalam
“Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam,
amodhathode vasikkum kalam
kallavum illa chathiyumilla
.which can be broadly translated into
“When Maveli ruled the land,
All the people were equal.
And people were joyful and merry;
They were all free from harm.
There was neither anxiety nor sickness,
Deaths of children were unheard of,
There were no lies,
There was neither theft nor deceit,
And no one was false in speech either.
Measures and weights were right;
No one cheated or wronged his neighbor.
When Maveli ruled the land,
All the people formed one casteless races”
(Today 28/8/2015, it is exactly six months since the ENVIUS THOUGHTS in this blog; first post was on 28/2/2015! Thanks for your support and I solicit continued view.)