All About Onam : ona pookkalam

Onam is a very famous south festival. The festival often falls around the malayalam month chingam. The biggest and the most happening day in the carnival of Onam is Thiruvonam. There are a lot of activities that takes place all over the state on Onam. The Onam Celebration of the first day is marked by intricate floral carpets called Onam Pookalam.

Onam Pookalm is a colourful collection of flowers like a Rangoli on the floor. Tradition of decorating Onam Pookalm is extremply populr in South India especially in Kerala. Commenly used various flowers are used in Onam Pookalm designs include Kakka Poovu, Chemparathy, Thumba. Hanuman Kireedam, Mukkutti, Aripoo or Konginipoo and Chethi etc…

Here are the beautiful Onam Pookalm designs and photos and Onam Festival wallpaper for you. You can set this amazing and latest Onam festival wallpapers and Onam Pookalam designs on desktop.

Kerala Onam Festival Songs

Onam Festival Songs is normally released with the festival of onam which is celebrated in Kerala state of India. The above king (Mahabali) said to have received a blessing from Lord Vishnu which enabled him to visit his people once in a year even after his time, as long as the world exists. So the Kerala people started celebrating that day with lot of food, games and cultural activities to welcome their beloved king.

This is one of the popular songs is regularly sung over Kerala Onam Festival:

“maveli nadu vaneedum kalam,

manusharellarum onnupole
amodhathode vasikkum kalam
apathangarkkumottillathanum
kallavum illa chathiyumilla
ellolamilla polivachanam
kallapparayum cherunazhiyum
kallatharangal mattonnumilla
adhikal vyadhikalonnumilla
balamaranangal kelppanilla”

The celebrations of Onam start on Atham day, 10 days before Thiruonam. The 10 days are part of the traditional Onam celebrations and each day has its own importance in various rituals and traditions. Earthen mounds, which look somewhat like square pyramids, representing Mahabali and Vamana (an Avatar of Vishnu) are placed in the dung-plastered courtyards in front of the house and beautifully decorated with flowers. Known as ‘Onapookkalam’, it is a carpet made out of the gathered blossoms with one or two varieties of foliage of differing tints pinched up into little pieces to serve the decorator’s purpose. It is a beautiful work of art accomplished with a delicate touch and a highly artistic sense of tone and blending. (In a similar manner North Indians make something called “Rangoli” which is made of powders of various colors.) When completed, a miniature pandal, hung with little festoons is erected over it.

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10 thoughts on “All About Onam : ona pookkalam

  1. Happy Onam to one and all. Thanks for this wonderful post on the festival and the video has filled my heart with immense joy. Therefore with a joyous heart, I would like to share with you a marvelous write up on Onam food which caught my attention here. It will surely complement the wonderful information you have provided here and make your blog one of the best places to know about the occasion.

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