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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The role of sports in Onam-Onakalikal

Onakalikal, the collective name of numerous games of Onam, is played by the people with different temperaments on the occasion of Onam. The game is of different types. The ideal time for the game is after the sumptuous Onasadhya meal. The most energetic people of Kerala also involve themselves to such games. One of the […]

Onam Celebrations at Vembanad Lake (Kerala’s largest lake)

Vembanad Lake is situated in 9°35′N 76°25′E Coordinates and in 9°35′N 76°25′E. The primary inflow to this lake is through Manimala, Pamba, Meenachil, Periyar, Achenkovil and Muvattupuzha. The primary outflows are through several canals from this lake. The lake’s maximum length is 96.5 km and maximum width is 14 km. The surface area of the […]

Thumbi Thullal makes women folk engaged in fun during Onam festivity

Onam festivity is not just Onasadya, boat race or Valamkali and floral carpet or Pookalam. There is much more joy and fun associated with Onam in the form of games. There are many games that are exclusively for men folks and children. One such game that exclusively engages the women folks during the Onam season […]

The popular & only best Onam Pattu

Here is the popular and only best Onam Pattu: Kuttanadan Punjayile, written by Vayalar from the movie Kavalam Chundan.. Kuttanadan Punjayile Movie: Kavalam Chundan Lyricist: Vayalar The lyrics of this Onam Pattu goes like this…. Kuttanadan Punjayile Thai Thai Thaka Thai Thai Thom Kochu Penne Kuyilale Thithatha Thithai Thai Kottu Venam Kuzhal Venam Kurava Venam […]

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 is the festival of all the Malayalis

One of the most primeval Hindu festivals that are celebrated even today with a lot of gusto and fervor apart from immense devotion is the Onam festival. It is one of the most well known and well-preferred festivals of the people living in the southern state of Kerala on the eastern coast of India. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Onam Ambeyyal (Archery) competitions in Kerala

Ambeyyal or Archery is popular game during the Onam celebrations in Kerala. It is one of the several games that are played on the festivity of Onam. This particular game really tests the skill and usually patience of a player. This game is commonly played by the men folks. The general rules of the game […]

Ambeyyal is a fun game in Onam celebrations

Ambeyyal means shooting the Arrows. It is one of the interesting games played by two teams during the Onam celebration. There are many games played during the Onam celebration which keeps the men and women folks and children busy and joyful. Games are played during this festivity in order to show unity among the family […]