When is Onam Celebrated?
Why is Onam Celebrated?
Moved by the dwarf's humility and compassion, King Mahabali offered him anything he desired. Vamana requested only three paces of land. To the astonishment of everybody, Vamana grew in size, covering the earth in one step and the heavens in another. With nowhere else to place his third step, King Mahabali offered his head. Touched by King Mahabali's love for his subjects and his willingness to sacrifice himself for their welfare, Lord Vishnu granted his wish. He blessed Mahabali, saying that he would be able to visit Kerala once a year during the time of Onam, a festival that holds immense significance in the state.