ONAM

  • PM greets people on the occasion of Onam September 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the people on the occasion of Onam and said the festival was a symbol of national integration, justice, peace and prosperity. "Greetings to Malayali friends on Onam. May Onam enhance the spirit of peace, prosperity, brotherhood and truthfulness in our lives," he...
  • Mammootty celebrates 63rd birthday with 'Munnariyippu' and 'Rajadhi Raja' success September 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Mammootty has many reasons to celebrate his 63rd birthday Sunday. First, it coincides with Thiru Onam. Second, his films are doing a brisk business after a long time. And last but not the least the Malayalam superstar has finally launched his charity project. The threetime National Award winning star...
  • Avial, kootu curry, and pal payassam: 14 mouthwatering dishes you can savour at every Onam Sadya September 7, 2014

    There are a few things you should never miss when you're in Kerala. Food and festivals make God's own country an experience to remember. This state has welcomed merchants, tourists, pilgrims, globetrotters and immigrants from all over the world. It is one of the rare states in India that was...
  • Kerala gears up to celebrate Onam with songs, dance and Sadya September 7, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Festivities are on as Kerala gears up to celebrate Onam. Legend has it that the former King Mahabali returns to the homes of his people on this festival. "Originally Onam started as a religious festival. After 12th century the shift from Lord Vishnu to Mahabali, he became the cultural symbol...
  • Onam season ushered in with traditional 'pookalam' August 31, 2014

    New Delhi: With moderate showers making the weather pleasant, the Malayali community in the capital gathered here today to usher in the festive Onam season with the traditional colourful floral patterns of 'pookalam'. A week ahead of the festival, the pookalam contest, saw participants joining in from several parts of...
  • Kerala in festive mood for Onam September 16, 2013

    Irrespective of caste or creed, thousands of people in Kerala on Monday celebrated Onam with the traditional "Onam sadhya", a rich and delicious platter of 26 food items. Thiru Onam, the most important day in the Onam week, was celebrated on Monday. However, the practise of making the traditional Onam Sadhya in...
  • Pranab Mukherjee greets people on Onam as families gear up to celebrate the festival September 16, 2013

    President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday greeted people on the eve of the start of Onam festivities, and said the occasion, the harvest festival of Kerala, marks the joyous completion of human efforts. "On the festive occasion of Onam, I convey my heartiest greetings and best wishes to fellow countrymen, especially to...
  • Southern Railway announces 3 special trains to clear festival rush August 24, 2013

    Southern Railway has announced three special trains between Chennai-Mangalore, Nagercoil-Velankanni and Chennai-Nagercoil to clear the rush of passengers during Onam and Velankanni festival seasons. Chennai Central-Mangalore Junction spuerfast special would leave Chennai on September 14 and 29 at 9 PM and reach Mangalore at 12.45 PM the following day respectively, a...
  • Bodies of 4 INS Sindhurakshak sailors found, no hope of survivors August 16, 2013

    Mumbai: Navy divers have recovered the bodies of four sailors from the mangled remains of INS Sindhurakshak which sank off the Mumbai coast following two massive explosions. The Navy says that there is no chance of any of the 18 sailors aboard to have survived the explosions in the subamarine....
  • T'puram: Volatile situation continues for LPG supplies September 20, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: As news spread on the shutdown of the Chelari LPG plant on Wednesday, in addition to the already limping production levels in the Udayamperoor plant, fears of another spell of a severe LPG cylinder shortage in the city and the district has gripped all stakeholders. Any hindrance in...
  • T'puram: Rain, Onam add to garbage mess August 31, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: The festival season and heavy rainfall have added to the garbage mess that the capital is already in. Trash dumps, sodden with rainwater and providing a feast to vermin, have sprung up all over the city posing a major threat to health. The problem is particularly acute in the...
  • Kerala: 'Vanara Sadya' makes their Onam unique August 31, 2012

    Kasargod: Without Vanara Sadya, the Onam celebrations would be incomplete for the natives of Edailakkadu near Trikaripur. And they serve healthy yet tasty food to the monkeys of Nagakavu there on every Thiruvonam. This year was no different. The sadya was arranged like a normal Onasadya, but rice, fruits and...
  • T'puram: Job hopefuls go on hunger strike on Onam August 30, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: As households in the state readied Thiru Onam lunch on Wednesday, there were those holding up empty plaintain leaves, on which the traditional meal is served, as a mark of protest. There were also those who sat in front of the state secretariat, a site where protestors gather perennially,...
  • Onam festivities pervade Bangalore August 29, 2012

    Bangalore: Malayalis, the people from the mountains who live beyond the Western Ghats, have travelled a long way from the coconut trees, the farmlands, the incessant rains, rugged and cool mountainous terrain, the rolling hills, the coastal plains, the backwaters, and more. The phylogeny of the Malayali in various parts...
  • Onam: A rare guest for Kochi cops on festival eve August 29, 2012

    Kochi: Amidst the Onam festivities and the security checks in place, the policemen of the Central Police station rescued a 11monthold girl early in the morning on Tuesday. The girl child was found on the roadside by a few policemen, who then brought her to the station. The men in...
  • A happy, healthy and shavarmafree Onam August 29, 2012

    From time immemorial, come rain or sunshine, I, Mahabali, have been regularly visiting Kerala all these umpteen years without fail. Suppose I happen to miss a single visit, utter chaos will prevail.The Government will declare, No Mahabali, No Onam, No Bonus. My effigy would be burnt in every nook and...
  • T'puram: Revisiting the legend of Onam August 28, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Onam, for all its festive mood, is entwined with the rather dismal tale of King Mahabalis exile into netherworld. As the days merrymaking fades out, we sigh at the knowledge of the noble Kings inevitable return to the dark world. But may be, we should revisit the legends for...
  • Onam in Bangalore: Memories of a golden past August 28, 2012

    Bangalore: Its that time of the year again when Onam, a festival of abundance, charmingly accompanied by the luxurious monsoon drops, comes calling in the Malayalam month of Chingam, and Malayalis scattered across the globe throw themselves into celebration mode. Onam is a celebration of celebrations that teaches you to...
  • Onam celebrations: Kerala governor's greetings August 28, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Governor HR Bhardwaj has greeted Malayalees the world over during Onam, the biggest festival of the state. "Onam thrives on the golden memories of a glorious past when everyone enjoyed plenty in an endearing ambience of equity," Bhardwaj said in a message. Onam also evoked the hopes and aspirations of...
  • T'puram: Garbage woes get worse August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: With the festival season adding to the capitals garbage woes, the largest trash dump in the city limits is raising a hellish stink again. Much to the dismay of the people living nearby, the City Corporation has resumed the dumping of garbage on a roughly sixacre plot and its...
  • Onam eve sees rocketing flower prices August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: On the eve of Kerala's biggest festival Onam, prices of flowers have shot up as making floral carpets is the most striking feature of the harvest festival. Kerala depends largely on neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu for flowers such as gomphrena ('Vadamalli' in local parlance), crossandra (Kanakambaram), marigold (jamanthi), chrysanthemum...
  • Onam mood grips old age homes as well August 27, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: As Onam is around the corner in all its pomp and fanfare in every nook and cranny in Kerala, it is also an occasion for scores of elderly women and men in old age homes to look back at the good old days they spent with their near and...
  • Revisiting the Onam myth August 24, 2012

    Onam, for all its festive mood, is entwined with the rather dismal tale of King Mahabalis exile into netherworld. As the days merrymaking fades out, we sigh at the knowledge of the noble Kings inevitable return to the dark world. But maybe, we should revisit the legends for there is...
  • Flower prices fluctuating August 24, 2012

    Floral prices moving in an upward spiral has become less common this Onam season. In fact, the market seems to be ruled by fluctuating prices, leaving the customers in the lurch.Chalai bazaar, the first and foremost floral market in the city, may disappoint the customers this time. Varieties that are...
  • Onam fever grips the city August 24, 2012

    The harvest festival of Keralites is round the corner. Onam is the most important and colourful festival for Malayalees, commemorating the visit of King Mahabali and an utopian past that was filled with abundance, peace, equality and harmony during his reign.With over 35 odd Malayali welfare associations in the city,...
  • Onam sees Kerala govt reach out to migrant workers from NE August 23, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to reach out to people from the NorthEast and reassure them of their safety, the Kerala government has decided to give free of cost 'Onam festival Kits' containing food provisions to migrant workers. "It is an Onam gift and greetings to migrant workers and to assure them...
  • Onam: the legend behind Kerala's state festival August 21, 2012

    New Delhi: Onam or Thiruonam, usually held in August and September for 10 days, originated in Kerala as a celebration to remember the golden rule of King Mahabali, a mythical king who ruled over Kerala. The legend holds that jealous of King Mahabali's popularity and his power, the Gods conspired...
  • T'puram: No solution to parking woes August 14, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Bustle and commotion are synonymous with Onam, and so is the traffic snarl. With Onam and Eid round the corner, the City Corporation officials and the Traffic wing of the police are yet to chalk out a plan to contain the surge of vehicles that are expected to hit...
  • T'puram: F1, carnival to mark Onam feast August 13, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: A slew of programmes highlighting the cultural heritage of the State awaits festivalgoers at the Tourism Week of Kerala to be held during Onam. The weeklong Onam celebrations being planned by the Tourism Department and the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC) will start on August 28 and conclude on...
  • Thiruvananthapuram: A celebration of Onam and Olympics August 10, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Seventy students from ten schools in the district participated in the Karshika Olympics held on Museum compound in the city on Thursday. A joint venture of Agrifriends Krishi Samskarika Vedi, Government Employees Welfare Society (GEWS), Farm Information Bureau (FIB) and the Department of Museums and Zoos, the days events...