Can someone tell me something about the Onam Festival in Kerala, i.e. are there any parades, special feasts etc. Please explain about it.
Onam is an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the south Indian state of Kerala. It is a popular festival among the cultural repertoire of Malayalees, and falls during the month of Chingam (August-September as per the Gregorian calendar), the first month of the Malayalam calendar and lasts for ten days. Traditionally celebrated as a harvest festival, mythologically it is linked to Malayalee-Hindu folktales. Like many other religious festivals in India, Onam is celebrated by people of all religions.
Onam is the one of the most beautiful and meaningful festival in the World. Onam has been part of Malayalee psyche for centuries. There are records of Onam being celebrated during the Sangam Age. The earliest record of Onam is found during time of Kulasekhara Perumals around A.D 800, soon after the Kalabhra Interregnum of Kerala History. Until the eighth century the political history is mostly unknown and is usually known as the Kalabhra Interreg ...more
Vishnu transformed himself into a dwarf called Vamana and approached Mahabali while he was performing a yajna and asked for alms. Pleased with the dwarf brahmin's wisdom, Mahabali granted him a wish. The Emperor's preceptor, Sukracharya warned him against making the gift, for he realized that the seeker was no ordinary person. But the Emperor's kingly ego was boosted to think that God had asked him for a favor. So he firmly declared that there is no greater sin than going back on one's promise. He kept his word.
The Vamana ...more
It is said that, under this Demon Kings rule there was no poverty,cheating and other mishaps. The king was a harbinger of truth and NEVER WENT AGAINST HIS WORDS.People used to utter only truth.
MAHBALI's rule naturally became a threat to the DEVA clan (GODLY PEOPLE)and hence to end his rule,MAHAVISHNU took the Avtar(incarnation) of VAMAN(Short man)in the form a Brahmin and approached King Mahabali for THREE FOOT LENGTH of land for his dwelling. King agreed. But Sukracharya(Guru of Demons) who has got an intuitive mind tells the king that VAMANA is actual incarnation of MAHAVISHNU . But the Demon king strongly kept by his promise.
Next thing VAMANA did was that he grew in super huge size and measured the whole earth with his ONE foot. SECOND one foot he measured on the sky. There was no place left for the THIRD foot as promised. When Vamana asked the Mahabali ...more