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Wishing every Pharmacist a Very Happy Onam!!

What is Onam? Onam is an annual festival with origins in the state of Kerala in India.It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Ching...

What is Onam?

Onam is an annual festival with origins in the state of Kerala in India.It falls in the Malayalam calendar month of Chingam, which in Gregorian calendar overlaps with August–September.The festival commemorates the Mahabali, Vamana (Vishnu avatar), Kashyapa and Parashurama.

​Mahabali legend

According to the mythology, Mahabali was the great great grandson of Hiranyakashipu and grandson of Prahlada. This links it to the Puranic mythology of Prahlada of Holika fame in Hinduism, who is the son of demon dictator Hiranyakashyap. Prahlada, despite being born to a demonic Asura father who hated Vishnu, rebelled against his father's persecution of people and worshipped Vishnu. Hiranyakashyap tries to kill his son Prahlada, but is slained by Vishnu in his Narasimha avatar, Prahlada is saved.


​Cultural festival

The festival is also celebrated by Christians of Kerala, in its churches. These traditions, according to Selvister Ponnumuthan, start with the lighting of Nilavilakku, an arati that includes waving of flowers (pushparati) over the Bible, eating the Onam meal together with the Hindus as a form of "communion of brothers and sisters of different faiths". The significance of these practices are viewed by some Kerala Christians as a form of integration with Hindus, mutual respect and sharing a tradition.



Prof. A.N.Nagappa

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