Onam is Arriving!

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Onam Thrikkakara in Ernakulam district, Kochi, kerala has an intrinsic link to the significant legend associated with the harvest festival onam, which is grandly celebrated every year by Keralites all over the world. The place attributes majority of its unique traditions and customs associated with the festival to the famed Thrikkakara temple where the deity of Vaman is worshipped. The Thrikkakara temple is the only shrine in Kerala which is dedicated to the deity of Vaman, the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. As per the traditions of the temple, Mahabali, the benevolent demon king is grandly welcomed to his favourite land, by performing special rituals on the day of 'Thiru Onam.' The residents of Thrikkakara begin their annual Onam celebrations on the day of ‘uthradam’ by lighting a special lamp on their front yard and conducting a ritual where paddy grains are placed in a bowl to symbolise the harvest season. The annual festival at the temple begins on the day of 'Atham' and culminates on the tenth day of 'Thiru Onam' with special puja and a grand Onam feast. Pookalam is one of the forms of celebrating this grand festival. This is referred to the ritual where the people make designs on the floor and decorate that with various flowers, usually at the door fronts and temples which looks like a flower mat. The place is known for its special Onasadya which is served at the vast courtyard of the temple. It is estimated that more than 10,000 devotees from all over Kerala reach Thrikkakara to relish the famed onasadya. Papad is first served on the banana leaf followed by chips made with raw plantain, yam, long beans, egg plant and bitter gourd. Pazham nurukku, various vegetables preserved in salt, erissery, ghee, dal curry, sambar kaalan, olan, pachadi, kichadi, mango and lime pickles, inji curry (ginger curry) and inji thairu are some of traditional dishes and curries that are served for the onam feast here. The desert comprises of a sweet palada pradhaman which is garnished generously with dried fruits and cashews. The onasadya ends by drinking a spoonful of spicy rasam from your palm, to aid digestion. Another fascinating thing about Onam festival is the famous boat race which takes place in Kerala. The Vallamkali or the snake boat race is held on the Pampa river in a grand procession which includes the Aranmula Uthrattathi boat race and Nehru Trophy Boat race. The day is filled with colorful inauguration which features a street parade. This includes different Kerala art forms, musicians (Chenda Melam), dancers and carnival floats and decorated elephants which walks down the streets.

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