1. Onam festival in Kerala’s Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival

Onam festival in Kerala’s Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival

The auspicious day of Thiruonam is tomorrow and across the world, Malayalis have been preparing to celebrate their biggest harvest festival.

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 13, 2016 2:44 PM
One of the highlights of the Onam festival is the excitement with which children and grown-ups get together to create beautiful floral carpets - known as pookalams. (Facebook) One of the highlights of the Onam festival is the excitement with which children and grown-ups get together to create beautiful floral carpets – known as pookalams. (Facebook)

The auspicious day of Thiruonam is tomorrow and across the world, Malayalis have been preparing to celebrate their biggest harvest festival. One of the highlights of the Onam festival is the excitement with which children and grown-ups get together to create beautiful floral carpets – known as pookalams. Every home , office and commercial establishments decorate the front area of their premises with elaborate pookalams starting from the day of Atham and this continues till the tenth day of the Onam festival.

Here are seven stunning pookalams that have been displayed at the famous Guruvayoor temple in Kerala and shared on their Facebook page:

 

Onapookalam1 The flower ”Chembarathipoovu” is used in pookalams only from the day of Chothi.

On the first day of Atham, this pookalam shows a popular image of Lord Krishna, in the form of a baby, cradled on a leaf. Red flowers are usually not used to decorate the pookalam on the first day. The flower ”Chembarathipoovu” is used in pookalams only from the day of Chothi.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival According to temple tradition, mostly yellow and orange colors are used for decorating the pookalam on the Chithira day. (Facebook)

This pookalam depicts Lord Ganesha on the second day of Onam. According to temple tradition, mostly yellow and orange colors are used for decorating the pookalam on the Chithira day.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival In old days, this was an auspicious day for markets to open their harvest sale, making it one of the busiest days for the public who want to buy new items for their homes, as part of the Onam celebrations. (Facebook)

This pookalam was displayed on the fourth day, which is Vishakam. In old days, this was an auspicious day for markets to open their harvest sale, making it one of the busiest days for the public who want to buy new items for their homes, as part of the Onam celebrations.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival Lord Krishna and his childhood friend Sudama. (Facebook)

On Chothi, this pookalam displays the friendship and affection between Lord Krishna and his childhood friend Sudama.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival Pookalam is displayed on the day of Anizham. (Facebook)

This pookalam is displayed on the day of Anizham, which marks the fifth day of Onam.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival Beautiful pookalam depicting Lord Krishna (Facebook)

Another beautiful pookalam depicting Lord Krishna as part of the Onam celebrations at the Guruvayoor temple in Kerala.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival Colorful pookalam at Guruvayoor temple (Facebook)
Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival Lord Shiva in divine splendor (Facebook)

This colorful pookalam at Guruvayoor temple depicts Lord Shiva in divine splendor, using more colors and many different flowers.

Onam festival in Kerala's Guruvayoor Temple: 7 stunning Pookalams to brighten up Onam festival This festive occasion is celebrated by making pookalams and onasadhya, which is the traditional Onam feast. (Facebook)

Many devotees flock to celebrate Thiruonam at Guruvayoor temple in Kerala.

Onam is Kerala’s harvest festival, during which Malayalis prepare to welcome King Mahabali to their homes. This festive occasion is celebrated by making pookalams and onasadhya, which is the traditional Onam feast.

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    NPK Pillai
    Sep 14, 2016 at 9:06 am
    Onam represent varios Kerala characters -agricultural,cultural,traditional,democratic and secular.It is colourful with art and craft ,games and music of both men and women. Onam and kathakali are our international symbols. Pookalam reminds me of the temple art practiced at home and public places making children busy for ten days atham to thiruvonam.Guru shoot temple is always in the forefront promoting music dance,painting and above all the art of love.
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