In South India especially Kerala, the Onam festival is celebrated in grandeur.
It is the time of the year when Kerala is exhilarated with music, songs, dances, sadya along with huge events of boat rides and delicious Onasadya.
While the festivities started on August 30 itself, Onam will see its biggest celebrations on September 8. Traditionally speaking, the festival falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar.
Significance of Onam:
According to Hindu Mythology, the sage Prahlada had a grandson named Mahabali. He took over the three worlds by defeating the Gods (Devas).
Then the Gods approached Lord Vishnu to help them in the battle against Mahabali, Vishnu refused considering Mahabali being a good ruler and his devotee.
Post his victory, Mahabali performed a Yajna after his victory over the Gods and had to grant anyone any request. Lord Vishnu took this opportunity to test Mahabali’s devotion and approached Mahabali in the avatar of a dwarf boy called Vamana.
The king offered everything to the boy but he was adamant on seeking three-paces. Mahabali, although surprised by the boy’s wish, agreed to grant it.
Vamana grew and covered the land and water with one foot and the sky with another foot, now to place his third-foot Mahabali offered himself.
Vamana trampled Mahabali down to Pathala (hell) but pleased by his devotion offered him a boon to visit his land every year. The revisit of Mahabali marks the festival of Onam.
Onam Wishes to send to your family and friends:
Happy Onam!! May Lord Mahabali bring happiness and prosperity to your life.
On this festive day, I wish you a wonderful Onam. May your house be filled with joy, happiness, and peace. Happy Onam!
Here’s wishing you all a prosperous, happy, colorful, bright, healthy, wealthy, and wise Onam.
Onam is a celebration of the homecoming of Mahabali. May you get the opportunity to enjoy the love and bounties of nature by sharing it with your friends and family.