Images That Captures The Grand Cultural Extravaganza of Onam Festival

Shashwat Sonam

Shashwat
August 24 , 2017

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Kerala is ready for its grandest festival Onam in a unique traditional manner! A glorified harvest festival, Onam symbolizes the homecoming of Mahabali, one of the greatest kings of Kerala. Every Keralite waits for the festive all through the year. It is the time when the entire state is soaked in happiness and excitement. Celebrating the homecoming of the spirit of King Mahabali, Onam is marked with numerous festivities like Vallam Kali (boat races), Pulikali (tiger dances), Pookkalam (flower arrangement), Onathappan (worship) and other celebrations. It is the New Year day for Malayali Hindus. These below given images of the grand celebrations reveal the color and splendor of Onam in the God's Own Country.


Thripunithura Athachamayam


Athachamayam marks the beginning of Onam festival in Kerala. A spectacular event, it is a occasion to witness the folk art forms of Kerala. The celebration takes place in the historical town of Thripunithura, near Ernakulam in Kochi. The procession celebrated in commemoration of the King of Kochi still retains its majestic charm and is conducted in a spectacular manner.


Thrikkakara Vamanamoorthy Temple

Harvest Festival in Kerala

Dedicated to Lord Vamana, this temple is considered to be the centre of Onam celebrations over the world. The  temple in Thrikkakara near to Edappally in Kochi city turns out to be more lively during this festival.


Celebratory Onam Week

Festivals of India

During the week long festival you can witness the secular spirit of Kerala. Steet parade accompanied by decorated elephants, musicians, large crowds are added attractions.


Pookkalam

Pookkalam in Kerala

Pookkalam is one of the important highlights of the Onam festival. It is about decorating the house yards with beautiful patterns of flower. You can find beautiful onam pookalam designs for 10 days in every house.


Onasadya Feast

Onasadya is a grand, elaborate feast and is one of the hallmarks of celebrations. During this traditional feast people invite their relatives and friends to enjoy the food. Pure vegetarian food ranging from the spicy 'avial' to the sweet 'pal payasam' is cooked using natural ingredients. Served on banana leaves  it consists of numerous types of vegetarian dishes.


Pulikkali Tiger Play

Attractions of Onam Festival

Pulikkali Tiger Play further highlights the festive fervor of Onam festival. Men dressed up as tigers dance to the beats of instruments like Chenda and thakil.


Vallam Kali, the traditional boat race

Onam 2017

Vallam Kali, the a traditional boat race organised on the day of Onam attracts huge crowds. The boat race is organised in the Pampa river which flows along the sacred hills of 'Sabrimala'.

Visit Kerala this Onam to sense the joy and festivity of the celebration marked by several rituals, socializing, dance, games, fair and a lavish feast.

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