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Thursday, Feb 20 2020  

ONAM

 

Meaning of Onam:
Onam simply means wearing new clothes. The 'Vastra' not only means cloth but also means heart. Therefore, the significance of wearing new clothes (Vastra) is that one should make the heart new by getting rid of all bad thoughts and feelings.

Purpose:
Onam is the sacred day when the Lord as Vamana Avatar conferred liberation on Emperor Bali. Before leaving for the nether-world, Bali gave a promise to his people whom he loved. He said he would come back to them every year on Onam Day and bless them. Onam is celebrated as the day of advent of Vamana and Bali. It marks the beginning of a new life. That is why it is celebrated by wearing new clothes and resolving to lead a new life.

How is the festival celebrated: Celebrations at Prasanthi Nilayam in 1999
Like previous years, the Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Kerala, organized the Onam festival at Prasanthi Nilayam with great devotional fervor. The celebrations started on the 22nd of August and ended on the 25th of August, the day of Onam. The entire Mandir was aesthetically decorated and wore a festive look.

The festivities began with various artistes performing on stage. Every evening at 6pm, students of Balvikas would render invocation prayers in the Divine Presence of Swami.At the end of the fourth day of celebrations, Swami went up on stage and blessed the artistes who performed for the celebrations. With offer of Arathi to Bhagavan, the four-day-onam celebrations came to a close.

Jai Sai Ram

Bro Dinesh
Young Adult


 

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