Pookalam competition held by Malayala Manorama heralds the Onam celebrations in New Delhi. Onam 2011 date is September 9. In Pookalam competition 23 teams were participated. As per the officials of Malayala Manorama, they also organize similar events in Chennai, Bangalore & Mumbai to spread and share tradition and culture of Kerala.
Onam marks the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli (Mahabali) who was pressed down into the Pathala loka by Lord Vamana (Vishnu). Pookalam, boat races & Onam Sadhya are the highlights in 10-day Onam festival of Kerala.
The Pookalam competition was judged by a three-member panel. The top three teams were given Rs 20,001, 15,001 and 10,001 respectively.