Onam Festival - Legend of Mahabali
Onam is a traditional harvest festival of Kerala state in South India. It is celebrated in the memory of a benevolent king Mahabali who ruled the present state of Kerala in ancient times.
King Mahabali was an Asura king during whose ruling people lived unitedly without the difference of rich and poor. Hindu lord Mahavishnu decided to test Mahabali. He came to earth as -'vamana' - a poor dwarf, went to king Mahabali and asked him for three feet of land to live. The king laughed and told 'vamana' to take three feet of land from wherever he wished. Suddenly vamana grew in size. He covered the entire earth by one foot and the sky with the other foot. He then asked king Mahabali where was the space for third foot. King Mahabali understood that vamana was not an ordinary person, and has come to test him. So the king without hesitating bowed his head and offered it for the third foot. Vamana placed the third foot on king's head and Mahabali was pushed down under the earth. He was however granted wish to come to earth once a year.
Onam is the day when King Mahabali visits earth.
Is there something to learn?
Think about this - No matter how strong and powerful, everyone is just a tiny part of this universe.