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Here is provided information on the origin & history of Onam. Check out the Onam festival story.

Onam History

There are many interesting legends associated with the origin & history of Onam. Well, in this article, we will brief you on the Onam festival story. When it comes to the Onam festivity celebration, though the entire nation gets involved, but the Nambudiri Brahmins of Kerala especially take an interest in all the activities, as they connect the origin of Onam with their own community. Read on to know more about the Onam history.

Story of King Mahabali
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.


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