When King Mahabali Left Earth?

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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 […]

Fourth Day of Onam: Visakam

Visakam is the fourth day of grand Onam celebration. The Visakam day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2016, Visakam Onam date is September 7. This day is very special because as the number of days pass and the big day which is approaching within a few days. The […]

Thiruvonam, Tenth day of Onam Celebrations

The tenth day of Onam is known as Thiru-Onam which literally also means second Onam. In 2016, Thiruvonam date is September 13. According to the religious history, it is largely believed that it was on this day Vamana suppressed Mahabali to underground. At this situation, Mahabali requested Vamana that he wishes to return in order […]

Uthradam, Ninth day of Onam Festival

The ninth day of Onam is known as Uthradam. In order to wholeheartedly welcome King Mahabali, people are in very high spirits on this particular day. In 2016, Uthradam Onam date is September 12. In some regions of Kerala, Onam kick-start on Uthradam day. In the Nair Tharawad (Nair household), to the Karnavar (eldest member […]

Eighth Day of Onam, Pooradam

The eighth day of Onam is known as Pooradam. This day holds a special significance in the Onam festivity. In 2016, Pooradam Onam date is September 11. The Athappookalam or floral carpet is largely increased in width. The family members add more special flowers to it. The people highly expect the arrival of Onthappan so […]

Seventh Day of Onam, Moolam

The seventh day of the ten day Onam carnival is known as Moolam. The commercial building and the state building are filled with bright colors and luminaries during this day. In 2016, Moolam Onam date is September 10. The last-minute Onam shopping busy can be seen in all local markets and malls. Most of these […]

Thriketa, Sixth day of Onam Festivities

The sixth day of Onam is known as Thriketa. It is to be noted that several cultural programs are well organized by the committees in the villages, towns and cities. In 2016, Thriketa Onam date is September 9. Malayali does usually take a lot of keen interest in participating in activities and functions of Onam […]

Anizham, Fifth day of Onam

Anizham is the fifth day of grand Onam celebration. The Anizham day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2016, Anizham Onam date is September 8. This day is one of the important days of Onam festival. On this day, Vallamkali is held in a grand manner. Vallamkali means snake […]

Chodhi, 3rd Day of Onam Celebrations

Chodhi or Chothi is the third day of grand Onam celebration. The Chodhi or Chothi day falls in the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar. In 2016, Chodhi Onam date is September 6. This day is marked for outdoor activities in the Onam celebration. This particular day involves several activities that are starting […]