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Sep 16th 2013- Happy Onam (To all friends from Kerala)

posted Sep 12, 2013, 10:57 AM by Balvihar Teachers 6A   [ updated Sep 19, 2014, 5:01 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]
Folks all over the state of Kerala celebrate Onam festival for a period of 10 days which marks the home coming of King Mahabali .

  1. Long time ago , King Mahabali an Asura king and grandson of Prahalad  ruled over the earth.
    He was a very wise and benevolent ruler.He conducted the Ashwamedha yaga to expand his kingdom to 
    include the heaven and underworld.

    Devas fearful that Mahabali would succeed in his mission , approached Lord Vishnu for their safety.

    Lord Vishnu adopted the avatar of Vamana (a very small Brahmin Boy ) approached the King Mahabali 
    during the yaga for a boon to get 3 feet of land to live.
    When King Mahabali granted the wish , Lord Vishnu rose in stature to cosmic proportions and took 
    one step to cover the earth and another step to cover the skies

    When Lord Vishnu asked for his third feet of land , King Mahabali ,being the noble king he was ,
    realised it was Lord Vishnu in disguise and asked the Lord to place his feet on his head.

    Lord Vishnu's third step pushed the King to the underworld. But the King was granted a boon whereby 
    he was allowed to visit his beloved Kingdom once a year.

    This is the reason Onam is celebrated to mark the return of King Mahabali and also a symbol of leading 
    one's life with truth,love and humility .