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‘Atham’ Day celebration signals that Kerala is ready to celebrate Onam

The Atham is held 10 days before the most important Onam event the "Thiru Onama" which this year falls on September 14

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Rituals of Onam. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Kochi, Sept 04, 2016: It was “Atham” day in its traditional glory on Sunday in Thripunithura, near here, signalling that Kerala is ready to celebrate Onam.

The Atham is held 10 days before the most important Onam event the “Thiru Onama” which this year falls on September 14.

The highlight of Atham celebrations was the grand procession, inaugurated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, commemorating the royal custom of the erstwhile state of Kochi when it was customary for the ruler to travel with his entire entourage to the Thripunithura Fort.

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Incidentally in that era, when untouchability prevailed in the state, this was one event which was open to all citizens.

On Sunday, thousands of people, including foreign tourists, witnessed the colourful and popular cultural extravaganza.

Onam celebration in Kerala. Image source: Flickr
Onam celebration in Kerala. Image source: Flickr

Popular Malayalam film actor Raveendran said the event takes place in front of his home here and wherever he is, on this day, he returns to the city to take part in it.

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One thing that cannot be missed is the floral carpet, made out of fresh flowers, that can be seen in homes, offices and practically everywhere else.

Over the years, Onam has become the one single festival celebrated by all sections of the Kerala society. It falls in the month of “Chingam”, the first according to the Malayalam Calendar.

According to a legend, the state here had its golden period during the reign of King Mahabali with everyone contented with his lot and it is King Mahabali’s annual visit to see his subjects, which is celebrated as Onam. (IANS)

 

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Kerala Government Decides to Revise The List of Women Who Prayed at Sabarimala

The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media

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Stung by widespread criticism over the numerous errors in the list of women who prayed at the Sabrimala temple, the Kerala government has decided to re-prepare the list.

A counsel of state government had presented the list in the Supreme Court on Friday, which reportedly had discrepancies in the age and names of women. The list was taken from the records of the online system, through which pilgrims register for having “darshan”.

The row erupted over flaws in the actual age of some of the 51 women, whom the counsel had referred to in the list as “banned” — on account of they being of menstruating age group of 10 to 50 years — who prayed at the temple this season.

State police chief Loknath Behera on Saturday asked senior officials to revise the list, which included even the name of men, besides several of the women above 50.

State Devasom (temples) Minister Kadakampally Surendran told the media that his department has no role in the preparation of the list, while the president of the Travancore Devasom Board – custodian of the temple, A. Padmakumar said they are not responsible for this as they do not prepare statistics of the pilgrims in the temple.

Kanam Rajendran, state secretary of the Communist Party of India – the second biggest ally of the ruling Pinarayi Vijayan government, said the entire responsibility of what has happened lies with the state government.

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Kerala to revise list of women who prayed at Sabarimala.

But the Industries Minister E.P. Jayarajan, the closest aide of Vijayan, defended him by saying that it is not just 51 women, but so many women have had “darshan” at the temple.

Kanaka Durga and Bindu Ammini, both in the “banned” age group of 10 to 50 years, prayed at the Sabarimala temple.

It was after they approached the apex court seeking security for having safe “darshan” that a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice L. Nageswara Rao and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari directed the state government to arrange adequate protection for them.

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The list of 51 women is not part of an affidavit but only referred to by the state government counsel in his arguments. Soon the list was highlighted in the media.

“This goof-up reveals the abject failure of the way Vijayan is running the state,” said state BJP president P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.  (IANS)