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Onam and Onapookkalam
What is the significance of putting onampookkalm during Onam festival? This is a common query heard from people. Let's see here the importance and features of Onapookkalam. Onapookkalam can be defined as form of flower carpet arranged on the floor during onam season. This form of arrangement has been done in Kerala for decades before Thiruvonam day. People in Kerala used to celebrate Onam festival in order to memorize the glorious story of King Mahabali.
Why we are putting flower carpet during Onam season?
This is a common query heard from children. As per story, flower carpet is arranged to welcome the king Mahabali during Onam season. Pookkalam meaning flower sketch is also known in the name of atha poo in Kerala. As the name suggests, people in Kerala will start to arrange their flower carpets from the day of Atham.
Pookkalam can be of any size and shape. If you have a little bit talent and time to dedicate for atha pookalam, you too can put a fantastic pookalam during Onam season. Apart from flowers, today many are making use of items like petals and leaves to décor the flower carpet. Today, you can even get powders instead of flowers to décor carpets. If you own a little bit creative thoughts, you too can make beautiful flower carpet designs as per the need.
At present, you can find many books in market with beautiful flower carpet designs. If you own very little time during Onam season, you can make use of flower carpet book to get the good design as per the need. Today, many talented people are making pookkalam with their own designs. You can make use of any flower in carpet during Onam season.
Some among the traditional flowers made use in pookkalam during Onam include chethi, thumba and hanuman kireedam. Apart from the above specified flowers, you can also make use of traditional flowers like kakka poovu and shoe flower to enhance the beauty of flower carpet.
Thumba poo is considered to be more auspicious during Onam season. This particular flower is one among the favorite flowers of King Mahabali and Lord Shiva. Hence try to include thumba poo when you are putting onapookalam. To improve the traditional look of onam pookkalam, you can also add brass lamps and onathappan in pookkalam. Onathappan is a symbolic representation of King Mahabali and Lord Vamana. It looks like a pyramidal structure with flat top adorned with rice flour and flower.