Onam

  • 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 stake-holders. 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 11-month-old 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...
  • 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 Mahabali’s exile into netherworld. As the day’s merrymaking fades out, we sigh at the knowledge of the noble King’s 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: It’s 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 capital’s 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 six-acre 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...
  • Onam sees Kerala govt reach out to migrant workers from N-E August 23, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to reach out to people from the North-East 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 festival-goers at the ‘Tourism Week of Kerala’ to be held during Onam. The week-long 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 day’s events...
  • Onam drive: Major seizure of spirit in T'puram July 23, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Just two days into the ‘Onam special drive,’ Excise officials on Sunday laid their hands on 665 litres of spirit which was being smuggled through the district in a car. The spirit was kept in 19 cans each having a capacity of 35 litres on the backseat and in...
  • Onam culminates with festivities across Kerala September 10, 2011

    Aranmula: Onam culminated on Friday with festivities across Kerala. When Onam comes calling in Kerala, the noise shifts to the backwaters as God's own country becomes a venue for a number of hard-fought races. Aranmula, a little hamlet in central Kerala, is all set for water-filled action - as huge...
  • Ten-day Onam festival begins today September 9, 2011

    The festival of plenty celebrates the annual visit of the noble demon king Mahabali from Pathalam (the underworld). ...
  • What 'Onam' festival is all about September 8, 2011

    Onam is a festival that is celebrated in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Chingam every year. The festival celebrates the annual visit of the noble demon king Mahabali from Pathalam (the underworld). According to legend, the reign of King Mahabali was considered a golden era for Kerala. The people were...
  • Balakarunyam, a unique Onam September 8, 2011

    Tripunithura: When the entire state is gearing up for a grand Onam fest, a group of children from different orphanages celebrate the occasion at ‘Balakarunyam’, a unique get-together of nearly five hundred children from across the state. The celebrations started with the ‘poovili’ by all the participants, headed by Thiyyadi Raman....
  • Onam: Flowers of all hues arrive in heaps September 8, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Tuesday saw the prices of flowers taking a big leap, thanks to ‘Atham’ that falls on Wednesday. For ten days from now, you could spot ‘atha pookalams’ all over the place, at every turning, every junction, in front of offices, schools and business houses. No wonder the price of...
  • 'Chandrayaan' to hit screens after Onam September 8, 2011

    Kochi: The film 'Chandrayaan', based on India's first mission to the moon, will hit the theatres after Onam. The movie, directed by Santhosh George Kulangara, which was screened at Savitha theatre on Saturday, is possibly the first science fiction movie in Kerala. Mylswamy Annadurai, project director of Chandrayaan-1 and Chandrayaan 2,...
  • Onam procession to display over 100 floats September 8, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: A review meeting of the Onam pageantry which will mark the end of Onam week celebrations in the capital city on September 13 was held on Saturday. The cultural procession would have over 100 floats. The meeting held at Guest House, Thycaud, was presided over by Tourism Minister AP...
  • Onam Fair rich in variety September 8, 2011

    Thiruvananthapuram: Small is beautiful. The adage would hold true in the case of the Onam fair currently on at SMSM Institute. What makes this fair different is that it has packed in so much variety, that too in adequate amount only. The place is for all those shopaholics in the city...