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IN History & Culture ON 13 Sep, 2016
Onam is the most famous harvest festival of Kerela, India. It is celebrated as the state festival in India and government declares three days national holiday every year.
People all across India celebrate this festival and enjoy it for more than 9 days.
Here's everything you need to know about Onam festival.
The story goes that in the reign of Asura king, Mahabali. All the people of Kerala were happy and joyful. Nobody was sick or wicked and poor.
Vamana is the fifth avatar of Lord Vishnu; it's his first avatar as Human, which he took in the form of a blue dwarf. Going into the realm of Mahabali, the dwarf (Vamana) asked Bali for three paces of land.
Bali's guru Sukracharya denied it, but against his will, Bali asked the Vamana (the dwarf) to take his three steps of land anywhere in the world. Vamana changed into gigantic proportions and revealed his identity to Mahabali.
Vamana (fifth avatar of Vishnu) took the first step from the heaven to earth, the second step from earth to the netherworld (Patala) and was unable to take the third step.
Bali after the self-realization offered his head for the third step and then avatar Vamana (winner of all the three worlds) took the third step and crushed his head.
It's said that due to his popularity and egoistic behaviour it became impossible to control Mahabali or Bali, and he even challenged the God, that's why Vamana had to kill Bali.
Vamana was the humble avatar and for the king Bali's humility, he gave him immortality and allowed him to visit his realm for ten days every year.
Onam marks the homecoming of King Maha Bali.
Onam is celebrated across the Kerala, India. It is said that it was the place where Mahabali once ruled.
Onam is celebrated every year as it is said that their king Mahabali comes to visit them for 10 days. It is the most awaited festival in Kerala, India.
At the entrance of their home, offices, and school or colleges people and children make Pookalam (Rangoli) with the flowers using different colors to impress and welcome their king Mahabali.
Onam is the harvest festival and people in their home prepare more than 10 to 26 types of dishes.
It is served as lunch and dinner to their guests and family members. Meals are served on traditionally famous leaves of a banana tree.
Some enthusiastic people participate and initiate the rallies in which all the males of society perform Pulikali (Tiger) dance.
Females dance in their home and schools and rejoice for the homecoming of their king Bali.
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