Onam Festival Part-4-Story from the skies

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Onam Festival, Shravan Month and Shravana Star   This word “Onam” is the shortened form of Thiruvonam or Shravanam, since this event occurs in the Shravan month under the Shravana star in the Indian calendar. Shravan is the month in the Indian calendar that typically falls between July-August in North and between August-September in the South. This period is characterized by heavy rains and… Read more »

Onam Festival Part-2-Pathala Loka

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The Puranic legends of India speak of many worlds. As per the Puranas, when Vishnu, in the form of a young scholar Vamana, humbled Asura king Maha Bali, Maha Bali was banished to Pathala Loka. When the Deva overcame the Asura in battles, the Asura were forced to migrate to thePathala Loka, the netherworld or the world below. Where is this Pathala Loka? People have conjured up… Read more »

Onam Festival Part-1- The Story of Onam

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Onam commemorates the homecoming of the great Asura king Maha Bali from Patala Loka. Maha Bali, the grandson of Prahalada, was a strong and learned king. The name Bali means strong. Bali was also a person who gave a lot of respect to knowledge. This is evident from the famous episode of his encounter with Vamana. Maha Bali was… Read more »