How to make Onathappan during Onam season? This is a common question heard from many malayalees across the world. Let's see here the importance of Onathappan. Onathappan is also known as Thrikkakarappan. It is a pyramid like structure made from mud. Generally this pyramid like structure symbolizes Lord Vishnu's avatar Vamana. For some people, pyramid structure also symbolizes the king Mahabali.
Onathappan is generally made during Onam season in Kerala. Onathappan is made to remind the story of Lord Trikkakarappan. Trikkakarappan is a main deity of Trikkakara temple in Ernakulum district. Today, almost people of all regions in Kerala are making use of onathappan during Onam season. As per history, it is believed that king Mahabali was sent to Patala from Trikkakara. The name Trikkakara itself was originated from the word Trikalkara which means the holy feet.
Today, many devotees of Lord Vishnu are visiting this historic temple to get blessings for their family. Making of Onathappan is very simple. In some places, Onathappan is made in the form of cone. Generally, it is available in pyramid like structures with flat top. At present, readymade Onathappan can be easily availed from online stores.
Rice flour and flowers to décor Onathappan
How to decor Onathappan during Onam season? This is another question heard from people. Onathappan is generally placed in a bed of rice flour and flowers. The four phases of Onathappan means the four phases of human life. It is usually placed with athapookkalam or the flower carpet that is put during Onam season.
How many pyrmamid like structure is needed for Onam? This is another common query heard from people. Generally it is advised to put three pyramids like structures during Onam season. Three pyramids represent the three feet of land asked by Lord Vamana. Eloor in Ernakulum district is one among the best destinations to buy Onathappan.
As per survey, almost two hundreds figures of Onathappan are made in Eloor per day. Most of among the Onathappan available in market are made from Eloor in Ernakulum district. Today, one set of Onathappan cost almost seventy five rupees in total. Onathappan pyramids are generally given red color. This color is made by combining red oxide with mud.
Onathappan is generally decorated with flowers and watery rice flours. Lighted brass lamps are generally shown to onathappan to get the blessings of Lord Maha Vishnu. Many people who follow traditional Hindu customs are still making use of Onathappan during Onam season.
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