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According to ancient Hindu religious beliefs, the main festival of South India is believed that on the festival of Onam, King Bali descends to the earth to meet his subjects.

Happy Onam 2022: Why is the festival of Onam celebrated? Know religious importance and auspicious time


Happy Onam 2022: Onam festival, which lasts for 10 days, is the most important of the major festivals of South India. Onam is celebrated exclusively with religious beliefs in the state of Kerala. This time the festival of Onam is being celebrated on 08 September. According to the Hindu calendar, the festival of Onam is celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada and Ashwin. According to the Malayalam solar calendar, the festival of Onam falls in the Shiruvonam constellation in the month of Chingam. According to the Hindu calendar, it is called Shravan Nakshatra.

Onam 2022 date and auspicious time

According to the Malayalam calendar, Thiruvonam Nakshatra will start from 4 pm on 7th September 2022 and will last till 01:46 pm on 8th September. Shravan Nakshatra is known as Thiru Onam in Malayalam. In the month of Chingam according to the Malayalam calendar, Thiruvonam Nakshatra, which is called Shravana Nakshatra in the Hindu calendar, is worshiped when Thiru Onam is dominant.

Importance of the Onam festival

In South India, especially in Kerala, the festival of Onam is a celebration of King Bali’s return to earth from the underworld to meet his subjects once a year during the Thiruvonam constellation. According to mythological beliefs, the three worlds were ruled by King Bali. Mahabali had a special attachment to his subjects. The people were very happy under his rule.

King Bali, with his strength and might, defeated all the gods in the war and gained control over the three worlds including the Devas. Then Lord Vishnu took the Vamana avatar and measured the three worlds in three steps, taking the promise of three steps of land from the great donor and Mahabali King Bali. Lord Vishnu was pleased with King Bali and made him the lord of Hades. It is believed that on the day of Onam, King Bali comes to the earth to meet his subjects and travels from city to city. The people of Prithvi Lok decorate their homes to welcome their king.

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