Onam Festival falls during the Malayalam month of Chingam (August - September). It is the biggest festival celebrated with joy and enthusiasm by people of all communities in Kerala, with four days of State holiday. It commemorates the subsequent homecoming of the legendary Emperor Mahabali. Onam is reminiscent of Kerala’s agrarian past, and is considered to be a harvest festival.
Amma’s Onam message, “Just as sweetness cannot be separated from honey, just as beauty cannot be separated from a rainbow, Onam cannot be separated from a Malayali’s heart.”
Onam is celebrated with all its vigor at Amritapuri campus. We have flower mandalas representing smaller parts of a greater whole, as well as Pookkalam, Nirapara, Nila Vilakku and cluster bunches of bananas decorated the verandah. Maveli Mannan is given a grand welcome with Onappattukal, Chenda Melam, Kasera Kali and Pulikali. We also have the inter-department Pookkalam competition, Ghoshayatra, Thiruvathirakali, pillow fight, musical chair game, Purasha Kesari, Malayalee Manka and the delicious Onamsadya.