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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Onam is a festival of grand Onasadhya & Pookalam

Onam is the main and the most revered festival of Kerala, the state well known as God’s own country. Onam is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and happiness all over the state by people of all communities and also across everywhere in the world where ever a malayali lives. In 2013, Onam […]

Onam Songs gives energy and boosts the festivity

Malayalees living in Kerala and staying in the rest of the world celebrates the harvest and state festival Onam with gaiety and lot of pomp. This ten day festivity has each and every day with some importance. The ten-day carnival fully engages the householders in different types of activities. It is to be noted that […]

Onam-King Mahabali’s annual home coming

It is the homecoming of the King Mahabali to his kingdom when people adorn their houses laying out flower carpets known as ‘Pookalam’ in front of their homes to welcome back the illustrious King Mahabali. People wear new clothes and special prayers are offered early in the morning when the youngsters receive blessings and gifts […]

Onam a festivity with joy and thrill

Onam is the biggest and the most important festival of the state of Kerala. It is a harvest festival and is celebrated with joy and enthusiasm all over the state by people of all communities. According to a popular legend the festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali, whose spirit is said to visit Kerala […]

Coconut Chutney: an important side dish of Onasadya

Coconut is an integral part and parcel of Kerala and its keralites.  It is an important ingredient of all the dishes in Kerala. It is used even in vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Coconut sauce or ‘thenga chutney’ is the most popularly and regularly made coconut dishes. This dish can be used as a side dish […]

Customs of Onam Festival

Onam is a Traditional Festival celebrated in the state of Kerela. Native people take great enthusiasm and utilize all available opportunities to celebrate this magnificent celebration of traditions and customs. Apart from the many customs and rituals that are performed by the families at home, several other such activities are organised at society and city […]

Welcoming Bali with Flowers for Onam

Malayalees celebrate Onam throughout the world and the significant part of this festival is the floral decorations in front of the house, as a welcome feature they extend to Mahabali who is believed to visit them during this period of ten days. Onam being the harvesting period too, is rich with floral resource in the […]

Floral carpet design plays a vital role in Onam

A pookalam design is a floral design just like a rangoli, the only difference being that a rangoli is made with powdered colours whereas a pookalam is made with fresh flowers. Infact, one is not allowed to use powdered colours or plastic flowers in order to make a pookalam. The pookalam design is made early […]

Onam is a festival of joy

Onam festival is celebrated with great splendor and joy in Kerala state, which is located in the southernmost state of India. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the return of Bali to earth from Patala. King Bali was the man of his word, and he gave up all the land that he had conquered. He […]

Onam pookkalam makes the life ahead colorful

One of the major attractions that make Onam unique is the flower carpet (Pookkalam) laid before the front courtyards of Malayalee houses. These are intricate designs which make every house vibrant and colourful. Various flowers are used each day as specific flowers are dedicated to each day of Onam. Among these ‘Thumba Poo’ gains its […]

Onam Pookalam is a floral carpet to welcome Mahabali

Making Pookkalam is a tradition followed by people of Kerala, during the ten days of the festival. This is done to welcome their benevolent legendary king – Mahabali, as he visits Kerala every year on Onam, to enquire about their wellbeing. Read on to know more about Onam Pookkalam. What Is Pookkalam? In Malayalam, the […]

Attakalam: A combat game during Onam

On the occasion of Onam festivital, Attakalam is the major second combat game played with lot of enthusiams. It is to be noted that ‘Kayyankali’ is the major first combat game. Among these two combat games, Attakalam is very less aggressive and dangerous. Kayyankali is played singly and Attakalam is played in batches. It is […]

Onam Celebrations, Rituals, Customs & Traditions

Onam festival is celebrated in the best possible manner by all the Keralites (Malayalis). They make large scale elaborate preparations for this festivity. During the ten day long festival, Onam’s best form and spirit are brought out. The rich cultural heritage of Kerala too comes out in the realistic manner. The festival brings joy and […]

Aranmula Boat Race: A must watch boat race

Aranmula boat race is the oldest river boat elaborate party or fiesta in the state of Kerala. This race is held in the month of August-September during Onam. It takes place in a grand manner at Aranmula. It is held near a Hindu temple that is dedicated to Lord Arjuna and Lord Krishna. In 2012, […]