Onam Festival 2020: Dear readers, today through this blog we will be throwing some light on the festival of Onam. Its story, significance, relevance with Hindu mythology, and about knowledge of Supreme God as per Holy Scriptures. To know everything about the festival just go through the article completely.
Onam Festival 2020 Introduction
Onam Festival 2020: Onam is the most important Keralite harvest festival celebrated annually in India and other parts of the world where Malayali people reside. People from all the communities unite together and celebrate this festival with exceptional delight and enthusiasm.
Onam is observed in the starting month of Chingam, first month as per Malayalam calendar (Kollavarsham) which coincides with the month of August or September as per the Gregorian calendar. Along with the residents of Kerala, the Government of India also publicizes Onam globally and invites various local and foreign tourists.
What is the Story of Onam?
The celebrations of Onam are deeply related to the rule of King Bali and his generosity on the land of Kerala. He was an asura or demon by birth and was the grandson of Great Prahlada. Being a demon king, the skills and principles possessed by him were matchless. He fought a war with Lord Indra and all gods and demigods under him to conquer all the three realms of the universe (Heaven, Earth, and Nether world) and succeeded.
Soon after Bali decided to do an Ashwamedha Yajna (a ritual sacrifice) in order to maintain his rule over the three realms and also declared to grant anyone anything during the yajna to make it successful.
The 5th Incarnation of Lord Vishnu: Vamana
This frightened all the gods including Indra and they begged in front of Lord Vishnu to assist them in retrieving their kingdom. But Lord Vishnu rejected their pleas as Bali was an incredibly great and a loyal ruler and his own disciple too. Later, Lord Vishnu approached King Bali in the form of a short Brahmin called Vamana (his 5th Incarnation) and asked for ‘three paces of the land’ from Bali. (In reality, it was God Kabir Ji who acquired the form of Vamana and later presented Himself as Lord Vishnu).
Upon Bali’s agreement, Vamana expanded into gigantic proportions and enclosed earth and the heaven in just two paces. For the third pace, the king proposed his own head in order to keep his promise and thus proved his devotion.
Then Lord Vishnu stepped on his head and pushed him into the nether world and granted him privilege in return of his devotion, by which the King could come annually to the places he governed. Since then the homecoming of King Bali’s spirit is celebrated as Onam.
When is Onam Festival in 2020?
Onam festival 2020 is a ten-day festival and happens to be from 22nd August till 2nd September. First and last day is called Atham and Thiruvonam respectively.
Which is the main day of Onam?
The most important day of Onam is Thiruvonam or ‘Sacred Onam Day’. It is believed that King Mahabali’s spirit visits the home of all the followers on this day, thus making it holy for them. This year Thiruvonam is set to happen on August 31st.
How is Onam Festival celebrated?
All the ten days of the Onam festival are celebrated with magnificent pomp and excitement and has its own importance among all the Malayali people.
- The commencing of the Onam celebration rituals is done with Onam pookalam or rangolis made with fresh flowers on floors which are iconic to the occasion so as to welcome their king to their houses.
- People give Onam wishes by presenting gifts (new clothes) to their loved ones and wearing new clothes themselves known as Onakkodi.
- A multi-course vegetarian meal is also prepared on this occasion containing more than 10 dishes called Onam sadhya.
- Along with this Kerala Hindus place the sculpture of Thrikkakara Appan or Onathappan which is Lord Vishnu in the form of Vamana and worship them.
Various sorts of activities and means of celebrations are involved on the other days starting from boat races, cultural programmes, sports competitions, music and dance events, wearing traditional dresses. However this year, due to the Corona pandemic, devotees will not be able to do the above activities.
What is the significance of Onam Festival?
The significance of any festival is related to understanding the basics of the rituals being practiced with it. This festival is based upon the worship of Lord Vishnu from Hindu mythology. But even after so many years of celebrating this festival, we have failed to understand that worshipping Lord Vishnu is prohibited in our Holy Scriptures like Holy Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, Holy Vedas, etc. as Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are not the immortal gods and thus can only give you what is there in your destiny.
In Holy Shrimad Devi Bhagwat Puran from Geeta Press Gorakhpur, on Page 123, chapter 5, 3rd skand, it is clearly written that Lord Vishnu is accepting that we three (Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva) are into the cycle of birth and death and are not immortal. In Holy Shrimad Bhagwad Geeta, chapter 7 verse 12-15, worshipers of these three Gunas Rajguna Brahma, Satguna Vishnu and Tamguna Shiva are designated as demons in the form of humans. These are not the Supreme God who can fulfill our needs and help us attain salvation (which is the main goal of human life). Likewise, the same is revealed in Kabir Saheb’s verses:-
“Gunn Teeno ki Bhakti Mein ye Bhool Pado Sansar
Keh Kabir Nij Naam Bina Kaise Utro Paar”
Who is the Supreme God?
Nowadays, people worship different gods or messengers of the god of their respective religions and ignore the Supreme God. Mankind does this due to grave ignorance or lack of TATVGYAN (true spiritual knowledge) as none of them can fulfill our needs if we don’t have remains of good deeds from our previous births. And one’s soul remains entrapped in the cycle of birth and death, thus keeps rotating into 84 lakh species of animals.
Lord Kabir is the Supreme God who is indestructible and by worshipping Lord Kabir, one not only achieves salvation but all one’s needs, here, are satisfied too. He is the everlasting God, second to none who is nurturing everything everywhere and is the True Master of all the arts. And same is depicted in the Garibdasji’s Vaani:-
“Sarv Kala Sampurn re, Sab Piran ka Pira,
Anant Lok Mein Gaaj Hai, Jaka Naam Kabira”
Lord Kabir is the only Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient God who is also mentioned in Holy Geeta, in chapter 8 verse 3, 8, 9, 10, chapter 15 verse 4, 17 as Param Akshar Purush (Imperishable God).
Who can help us Attain Salvation?
Currently, Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj is the only Tatvdarshi (truly enlightened) Saint who is giving us the right way of worship as per the Holy Scriptures for the attainment of Salvation. He is none other than Lord Kabir Sahib Himself who has descended on to the earth and demonstrates this by illustrations through His pious souls that true worship is the remedy of all the problems. And, this is also said by Kabir Saheb in His Verses:-
“Maam Sant Mujhe hi Jaan, Mera hi Swaroopam”
As the conditions are changing very fast around the globe, a pious soul should not waste his time and take refuge under Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj and allow Him to be the sole protector of your soul as soon as possible. To get detailed information about the way to attain Almighty and salvation please listen to spiritual Sermons on Sadhna TV channel from 7:30 pm IST onwards. To take initiation from Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj please click here to fill the initiation form.