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Onam Celebration 2022: Journey of Thiruvonathoni, a temple vessel carrying ingredients for Onam feast

Once a year, the River Pamba gets enlivened as an elaborately decorated snake boat glides across its placid waters bearing the provisions for a grand feast. The occasion is the journey of the Thiruvonathoni, a Garuda faced vessel, bearing the provisions for Thiruvona Sadya on Thiruvonam Day.

September 08, 2022 / 05:44 PM IST
Onam was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in Kerala on September 8 after its celebration in the last two years were marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. (Image: ANI)
Onam was celebrated with pomp and gaiety in Kerala on September 8 after its celebration in the last two years were marred by the COVID-19 pandemic and related restrictions. (Image: ANI)
In 2018 and 2019 also, Onam celebrations were dampened by the devastating floods in parts of the state. Unlike the previous two years, people were not confined to their homes and celebrated Thiruvonam, whose highlight is the sumptuous ‘sadhya’ or feast, with their loved ones and friends. (Image: ANI)
In 2018 and 2019 also, Onam celebrations were dampened by the devastating floods in parts of the state. Unlike the previous two years, people were not confined to their homes and celebrated Thiruvonam, whose highlight is the sumptuous ‘sadhya’ or feast, with their loved ones and friends. (Image: ANI)
The celebrations for Onam are held for ten days, beginning with the atham asterism in the month of Chingam (August / September) as per the local calendar. This year the ten-day long festival began on August 30 to September 8. Onam celebration reach their peak on the auspicious day of Thiruvonam. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The celebrations for Onam are held for ten days, beginning with the atham asterism in the month of Chingam (August / September) as per the local calendar. This year, the ten-day long festival began on August 30 to September 8. Onam celebration reach their peak on the auspicious day of Thiruvonam. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
Once a year, the River Pamba gets enlivened as an elaborately decorated snake boat glides across its placid waters bearing the provisions for a grand feast. The occasion is the journey of the Thiruvonathoni, a Garuda faced vessel, bearing the provisions for Thiruvona Sadya on Thiruvonam Day. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
Once a year, the River Pamba gets enlivened as an elaborately decorated snake boat glides across its placid waters bearing the provisions for a grand feast. The occasion is the journey of the Thiruvonathoni, a Garuda faced vessel, bearing the provisions for Thiruvona Sadya on Thiruvonam Day. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The vessel makes an arduous journey in the dead of the night from the Maha Vishnu Temple at Kattoor, a tiny village 12 kilometre away, to the Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple where the feast is given. The banks of the river get crammed to the brim by travellers and devotees to witness this phenomenal fete. The arrival of the Bhattathiri, the eldest member of the Mangattu Brahmin family of temple priests, marks the start of the festivities. It is the Bhattathiri who escorts the vessel and the villagers accord a warm reception to him. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The vessel makes an arduous journey in the dead of the night from the Maha Vishnu Temple at Kattoor, a tiny village 12 kilometre away, to the Aranmula Sree Parthasarathy Temple, where the feast is given. The banks of the river get crammed to the brim by travellers and devotees to witness this phenomenal fete. The arrival of the Bhattathiri, the eldest member of the Mangattu Brahmin family of temple priests, marks the start of the festivities. It is the Bhattathiri who escorts the vessel and the villagers accord a warm reception to him. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
As dusk falls, the Thiruvonathoni starts sailing, all escorted by snake boats. Enroute, the Thiruvonathoni makes two stops, the first is at the Ayiroor Madom where it is accorded a rousing reception and a plethora of offerings are made. It is only at midnight that the craft commences its journey from here. The vessel makes its next stop at Melukara where yet another enthusiastic crowd offers a grand welcome. After a brief halt, the journey resumes. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
As dusk falls, the Thiruvonathoni starts sailing, all escorted by snake boats. Enroute, the Thiruvonathoni makes two stops, the first is at the Ayiroor Madom where it is accorded a rousing reception and a plethora of offerings are made. It is only at midnight that the craft commences its journey from here. The vessel makes its next stop at Melukara where yet another enthusiastic crowd offers a grand welcome. After a brief halt, the journey resumes. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The nightlong cruise of the brilliantly illuminated Thiruvonathoni beneath the night sky speckled by a grandiose firework display, swaying to the exuberant notes of the boat songs, makes for a stellar sight. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The nightlong cruise of the brilliantly illuminated Thiruvonathoni beneath the night sky speckled by a grandiose firework display, swaying to the exuberant notes of the boat songs, makes for a stellar sight. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The Thiruvonathoni is joined by a fleet of snake boats midway which escorts it to the Aranmula Temple. As the vessel reaches the ghat, it is welcomed by the high-spirited rendering of boat songs, casting a festive aura over Aranmula. Thousands throng the banks to witness this glorious spectacle. By noon, a grand lineup of dishes of myriad flavours is prepared and served. Devotees flood the temple to savour the feast. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
The Thiruvonathoni is joined by a fleet of snake boats midway which escorts it to the Aranmula Temple. As the vessel reaches the ghat, it is welcomed by the high-spirited rendering of boat songs, casting a festive aura over Aranmula. Thousands throng the banks to witness this glorious spectacle. By noon, a grand lineup of dishes of myriad flavours is prepared and served. Devotees flood the temple to savour the feast. (File Image: Kerala Tourism video grab)
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first published: Sep 8, 2022 05:44 pm
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