Why Shiva Blessed Bali: Story of Lord Shiva’s blessings to Mahabali

While describing the first battle among Bali and Indira, one among many versions indicates that Bali was not beheaded; rather the Brahmin Sukracharya carried out the “Mrita Sanjeevani” for reviving non beheaded bodies. There is a belief in the texts like Abhinanda’s Rāmaćharita that Bali was still to achieve Indra’s throne and consequently he was […]

When King Mahabali Left Earth?


When King Mahabali Left Earth? What is the story of Mahabali leaving the Earth? By practicing atmanivedanam, mahabali Bali obtained Moksha, as illustrated by old Indian scripts and scriptures. By reading Sri Rūpa Gosvāmīs Bhakti-rasāmrta-sindhu, we get acquaintance that Sri Krishna stated that Mahabali approached Him. From Adhatya Ramayana, we acquire the further information that […]

History of Onam Festival

Story goes that during the reign of mighty asura (demon) king, Mahabali, Kerala witnessed its golden era. Everybody in the state was happy and prosperous and king was highly regarded by his subjects. Apart from all his virtues, Mahabali had one shortcoming. He was egoistic. This weakness in Mahabali’s character was utilized by Gods to […]

Onathallu (Avittathallu): display of combat war by Nair communities

The Nair community of Pallassana Desham in the Chittur Thaluk in Palakkad district, Kerala celebrates Onathallu or Avittathallu as part and parcel of Onam festival. It is to be noted that Onathallu or Avittathallu is also celebrated in the rest of the Kerala region. According to the Hindu religious scholars and historians, the Nair communities […]

Onasadya: Grand feast of Onam

Onam is the state festival of Kerala. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zest by the Malayalees all over the world. While Thiruvonam (the tenth day) is the most important day of the festival, the celebrations at some places continue until chatayam (twelfth day). The festival is marked by elaborate rituals, feast, socializing, games […]

MahaBali’s Battle with Indra & Acquiring Indra’s Possessions

Legends indicate that in the first battle between Bali and Indra, Bali was not beheaded and that the Brahmin Sukracarya had used the “ “Mritra sanjeevani” (which can only be used on non-beheaded bodies) to revive him. Also according to texts such as Abhinanda’s Rāmaćarita, Bali was yet to achieve Indra’s throne as a consequence […]

Story of ‘Three Foot Steps’ related to Onam

Bali vamana story

The second and the most popularly quoted legend with the festival are 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. […]

Origin of Onam in god’s own country

Onam festival in Kerala - Pookalam

There is a folk song describing Maveli. It says, Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam, manusyarellarum onnu pole”. It means that when Maveli ruled the kingdom everyone was treated equally. The story is, Bali, the Asura (demon) king ruled his kingdom with the enchanting state of Kerala as his capital. Though he was an asura, he was […]

The Legendry month of Onam: Chingam Masam

Onam is a harvest festival celebrated by all Malayalis irrespective of their religion or caste in the Indian state of Kerala. The festival commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the legendary King Mahabali. It falls during the month of Chingam (August–September) and lasts for ten days starting on Atham and […]

Onam 2018 | Thiru Onam 2018 date

Onam (Thiru Onam) is the biggest festival of Kerala. In 2018, Thiruonam date is August 25. First Onam date is August 24. Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in the Malayalam Chingam Month (August -September). Onam festival represents the grand welcome to the demon king Mahabali. As per the popular belief, King Mahabali visits the […]

Onam 2018 Calendar | Onam Schedule, Ten festivals of Onam in 2018

Onam festival in Kerala - Pookalam

Onam 2018 Calendar, Onam Schedule, Ten festivals of Onam in 2018. Onam is not a celebration of a one day or two days. Onam is a grand gala of 10 festivals. In 2018, Onam festival celebrations begin on August 15 and ends with Thiru Onam on August 25. Onam calendar or schedule consists of 10 festivals […]

Major games played during Onam

Here is the list of games played during Onam festival in Kerala.. The following performances are amongst the various rituals, performed on the festive season of Onam by Malayalees every year. Pulikali/Kaduvakali Performance Pulikali is the most fascinating custom of Onam tradition. Onam performers paint themselves yellow with black and red strips on them just […]

How Onam festival is celebrated

Onam is one of the most important festivals for the Keralites across the globe. Traditionally, the day begins at 4 am with family members cleaning the front-yard. In olden days, the cleaning is usually done with cow dung as the houses weren’t cemented then. This custom is followed strictly even today in several families. With […]

KR Puram (Bangalore) – Thiruvananthapuram Onam Special Trains 2015

KR Puram (Bangalore) – Thiruvananthapuram Onam Special Trains 2015.. Thiruvananthapuram-Krishnarajapuram- Thiruvananthapuram Superfast Special (06079/06080) and Thiruvananthapuram-Krishnarajapuram- Thiruvananthapuram Suvidha Superfast Special (00611/00612) will run for one trip in each direction to clear the extra rush during Onam. Thiruvananthapuram-Krishnarajapuram Superfast Special (06079) will depart from Thiruvananthapuram at 7pm on Sunday and will arrive at Krishnarajapuram at 8.30am […]

Special Trains for Onam 2015 from Hyderabad to Kollam, Thrisur, Ernakulam

SCR, South Central Railway, will run special trains for Onam 2015 between Hyderabad and Kollam, Thrisur, Ernakulam & some other cities of Kerala in August 2015. Here is the schedule of special trains.. Railways will operate special trains from Secunderabad and Nanded to Kochuveli in Thiruvananthapuram via Katpadi and Coimbatore for Onam festival. No.07115 Secunderabad-Kochuveli special […]

7 September 2014, Onam Festival in Kerala

Pookalam for onam

7 September 2014 is Onam Festival in Kerala. Onam (Thiru Onam) is the biggest festival of Kerala. Onam is a harvest festival celebrated in the Malayalam Chingam Month (August -September) for 10 days. First Onam – September 6, 2014 (Onnam Onam) Second Onam – September 7, 2014 (Thiruonam) Third Onam – September 8, 2014 (Munnam Onam) Fourth […]

Important features of Onasadya

Coconut is the most common ingredients in all the variety of dishes. It is to be noted that Coconut milk is also used in dishes to give special flavor and taste. Coconut oil is used for frying and deep frying the dishes. On the banana leaf in a specific order, all the dishes are served. […]

Ashtamudi Lake, the center of attraction during Onam

Kollam can be best described as a miniature version of Kerala. It imbibes the best of what Kerala has to offer as a tourist destination. Its beauty is highlighted by the Ashtamudi Lake that has an enchanting green spread around its banks. Kollam is not among the usual Kerala tourist guides, i.e. it is more […]

Maveli: The king of kings of Kerala

Bali was the king of Asuras, who ruled his kingdom with generosity. He was a powerful king and was also known as Mahabali or Māveli. He was born to Virochana and Devamba. However, his childhood flourished under his grandfather’s supervision. His grandfather’s name was Prahlada, who has a great significance in the Indian mythology. He […]

Pookalam (Athapoovu): Decorative Floral designs for Onam Festival

Pookalam for onam

In the state of Kerala, a Hindu festival Onam also called Vamana Jayanthi is celebrated which falls in the months of August-September and lasts for ten days. During this festival, apart from various other arrangements, the courtyards of every household are decorated with Pookalams. Pookalam also known as Athapoovu is a decorative, colorful and complex […]