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Onam Legends
 

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Onam is the most popular and attractive festival of Kerala, India. It is the harvest festival of Kerala. Irrespective of cast, creed, religion, all Keralites celebrate it now as a national festival of Kerala and it is part of the cultural repertoire of every Malayalee. Onam in the Malayalam month of Chingam (Aug-Sept).

The legend states that Onam is celebrated as the home coming of Mahabali, the king who ruled over Kerala in the age of plenty and all are equal.

 
Onam Legends states that Onam is celebrated as the home coming of Mahabali, popularly known as Mavely, the king who ruled over Kerala once, "when all men were equal, when no one was poor, when there was neither theft nor dread of thieves".
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He was a true devote of the Lord Mahavishnu and was the grandson of the devout Prahalada. The Lord Mahavishnu decided to test the King Mahabali. He came to earth as vamana avathr, as a poor dwarf Brahmin boy. He asked the King Mahabali that he want three feet of land to live. The king laughed and told Vamana to take three feet of land from anywhere he wants.

Suddenly Vamana began to grow and he covered the whole earth by one foot and covered the sky with other foot. And asked Mahabali to give space for the third foot. By seeing all these, the king understood that Vamana is not an ordinary person, and Vamana has come to test him and he showed his head to keep the third foot. Vamana kept his third foot on the King's head and the King was pushed down under the earth (pathala).
 
 
Mahabali asked Vamana to reveal his true identity. Suddenly Vamana vanished and the Lord Mahavishnu’s glittering image appeared before Mahabali. Mahabali was overjoyed by seeing this. The Lord told Mahabali that he wanted to test Mahabali and he has won in that. The Lord also offered Mahabali to ask any boon for himself.
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Mahabali told the Lord that he want permission to visit Kerala once in a year. And the Lord gave permission for that. It is the day that Mahabali visits kerala, the day Thiruonam (Thiruvonam).

 
Another legend
 

Mahabali was an Asura king of Kerala and was very efficient and truthful. During his ruling it is said that there was no thieves, no corruption, no betrayal. And all people lived united, without the difference of rich or poor and all are equal.

He became very popular day by day and the Gods could not be tolerated the popularity of the King Mahabali. They sought help from Lord Vishnu who was worshiped by the King Mahabali.

Lord Vishnu took the avatar of a poor and Brahmin, called Vamana. Vamana was small in size like a boy and came to the kingdom of Mahabali just after his morning prayers, when the King gave boons to Brahmins.

The Vamana asked for as much land as could be covered by his three steps. The King made a promise to do so. Suddenly Vamana began to grow and he covered the whole earth by one foot and covered the sky with other foot. And asked Mahabali where is the space for the third foot.

 
 
 
By seeing all these the king Mahabali realized that the boy was not an ordinary Brahmin and asked Vamana to put his third step on his head with out any hesitation. Then Mahabali was pushed down to the infernal regions (Patala) by Lord Vishnu (Vamana). Mahabali requested permission to visit his people once in a year. Lord Vishnu was pleased to grant the request. Keralites celebrate Onam festival to commemorate the advent of Lord Mahavishnu as Vamana avatar and to rejoice the annual visit of Emperor Mahabali to meet his people. The legend of Onam may also be reflective of beginning of Brahmins/Namboodiris (Vamanan) dominations in Kerala and the fall of native residents (Mahabali) of Kerala of that time.

Keralites Celebrate Onam for 10 days .

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