Onam Festival |What is Pookalam and it’s significance?
Onam is a great festival which is mostly celebrated in south India especially in Kerela. It is also a harvest festival and falls on 22nd Nakshatra Thiruvonam in the Malayalam calendar. According to people, this festival is celebrated to welcome King Mahabali. People believe that King Mahabali’s spirit visits Kerala to see his people at the time of Onam festival.
What is Pookalam?
Pookalam word is a group of two words ‘Poov’ and ‘kalam’, Where ‘Poov’ means flowers and ‘Kalam’ means colour sketch. So, basically it’s a flower rangoli or flower carpet made on the floor in front of the house to celebrate Onam. It is also known as Athapookalam or Onapookalam. It’s considered auspicious to prepare Pookalam during Onam festival.
Significance of Pookalam -
In our tradition, the making of Pookalam consists of ten small rings or round steps. The ten rings are believed to represent ten different deities. The first ring represents Lord Ganesha, the second is Shiva & Shakti, third is Lord Shiva, the fourth is Brahma, the fifth is Pancha Boothangal, sixth represents Shanmughan and Muruga, seventh represents Guru, eight is Ashta Digpalakar, nine is Lord Indra and the last one represents Lord Vishnu.
On this 10 days of Onam festival, each day represents Pookalam On the first day only single flower is used, on the second day two different colour is used and on the final day 10 different colour is used. There is also believe that Pookalam defines the fight between Asuras and Devas.
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