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Onam , Spirit of Unity

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Onam , Spirit of Unity

  1. 1. ONAM SYMBOL OF UNITY Dr.T.V.Rao MD Travancore Medical College, Kollam, KeralaSPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 1
  2. 2. WHAT IS ONAM• Onam (Malayalam: ഓണം) is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Keralas culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the Kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival. And it can be undoubtedly said that these elements constitute the diversity, colorfulness and richness that no other festival can claim in this world.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 2
  3. 3. ONAM HISTORY• King Mahabali is one of the most renowned kings of Kerala, who is believed to have made the people experience the best period of their lives. Therefore, the term of his tenure is referred to as the golden era. The king was loved by his people and the Gods could not see that happen. As a result, the king was sent to the nether world. However, the king requested the deities to allow him to visit his people once in a year. People are of the belief that every year, the spirit of king Mahabali visits the people of Kerala on the Onam festival.• Story of Boat Palliodam Once it happened that, a boat that was fully loaded with food, got stuck in the middle of the river. Then, a wise man, by the name Bhattathiripad, came forward and fed a poor family that resided on the banks of the river. The boat then moved forward. From this incident, the people began the tradition of feeding a poor and needy family on the Onam festive occasion.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 3
  4. 4. WHY WE CELEBRATE ONAM• We celebrate Onam to commemorate a glorious past. All of us yearn for a time like that of King Mahabali, a time when prosperity, joy and love blended. But in order to realize this dream we need to put forward creative and sustained effort• Life becomes a festival when gaiety and culture blend. Onam delivers the message of both. During Onam, we arrange an ornamental design of flowers from the day of Attam. Actually this flower welcome for the Lord should be within us. The Lord will have His dearest flower design when each and every heart resonates with compassion and love.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 4
  5. 5. ONAM SIGNIFIES CULTURAL HERITAGE OF KERALA• The rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 5
  6. 6. HOW ONAM IS CELEBRATED • Celebrated for ten days in the month of Chingam (the first month as per the Malayalam calendar), Onam is an important festival for every Malayalee. It is the festival, which every Malayalam speaking person relates to him/her and his/her homeland - Kerala.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 6
  7. 7. THE SPIRIT OF ONAM – ALL HUMANS ARE ONE• The festival banishes all the barriers of castes and religion, because in the Empire of King Mahabali, people live in unison and in prosperity. It is said that truth is the only religion followed by people, who belong to the Empire of King MahabaliSPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 7
  8. 8. ALL WERE HAPPY WHEN MAVELI WAS KING • When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, All the people had equality. And people were joyful and merry; They were all free from harm.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 8
  9. 9. ALL WERE HAPPY• There was neither anxiety nor sickness, Death of the children was never even heard of, There were no lies, There was neither theft nor deceit,SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 9
  10. 10. ALL WERE ETHICAL • And no one was false in speech either. Measures and weights were right; No one cheated or wronged his neighbor. When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, All the people formed one casteless race."SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 10
  11. 11. ONAM SIGNIFIES OUR PAST TO HAVE A HAPPY FUTURE• People celebrate Onam to commemorate a glorious past. All of us yearn for a time like that of King Mahabali, a time when prosperity, joy and love blended. But in order to realize this dream we need to put forward creative and sustained effort."SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 11
  12. 12. MATA AMRITANANDAMAYI ON ONAM • In the evolutionary order of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, we find that Vamana is the first incarnation with a human body. By now, the animalistic features are discarded and Human Being is born. Here we have to note that Vamana is not born outside but in the mind of Rakshasa or Demon King Mahabali, who has changed his Rakshasa nature and sticks to truthfulness and charity. He rises prepared to sacrifice his everything. To Vamana he not only gave all the three worlds he possessed but also allowed to boy to place his foot on his own head. Thereby Mahabali made the greatest sacrifice – the absolute sacrifice of his own ego. "SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 12
  13. 13. LIFE IS A CELEBRATION WITH ONAM• Life becomes a festival when gaiety and culture blend. Onam delivers the message of both."SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 13
  14. 14. LIFE BECOMES FESTIVE WITH ONAM • Life becomes a festival when gaiety and culture blend. Onam delivers the message of both.”SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 14
  15. 15. SONG SIGNIFYING ONAM • Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam, • When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, All the people were equal. manusharellarum onnupole And people were joyful and merry; amodhathode vasikkum kalam They were all free from harm. apathangarkkumottillathanum There was neither anxiety nor sickness, kallavum illa chathiyumilla Deaths of children were unheard of, There were no lies, ellolamilla polivachanam There was neither theft nor deceit, kallapparayum cherunazhiyum And no one was false in speech either. kallatharangal mattonnumilla Measures and weights were right; adhikal vyadhikalonnumilla No one cheated or wronged his neighbor. When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, balamaranangal kelppanilla All the people formed one casteless races • ”SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 15
  16. 16. ONAM UNITES THE HUMANITY• Onam is festival which brings every one closer. Be it your dear one or be it the people from various level of society. It (Onam) is drafted in such a way that it creates harmony in the society.SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 16
  17. 17. LET THE SPIRIT OF ONAM PREVAIL IN OUR LIVES• May the spirit of Onam remains everywhere Whatever you do Whatever you think Whatever you hope in your life “Wish you a Happy Onam”SPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 17
  18. 18. ONAM REFLECTS GREAT INDIAN HERITAGESPIRIT OF ONAM BY DR.T.V.RAO MD 18

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