Vishu, the Kerala festival of colours, joy and prosperity

Vishu, the Kerala festival of colours, joy and prosperity

Vishu, the Kerala festival of colours, joy and prosperity, is celebrated with much pomp and glory across the state.Vishu goes ahead the primary day of the Malayalam month 'Medam' (April), which is likewise the Spring Equinox, when the span of day and night are equivalent. This year, Vishu falls on April 15, Monday.

Vishu is celebrated in all other parts of India as well, to mark the beginning of the new year of the Hindu calendar, however is known with an alternate name in various states. For Example, in Mangalore and Udupi areas of Karnataka it is known as Bishu, in Tamil Nadu it is called Puthandu, in Andhra Pradesh it is called Ugadhi, in Punjab it is called Baisakhi, in Bengal it is called Poila Baisakh, in Maharashtra it is called Gudi Padwa and in Assam Bihu, etc.

It is trusted that on the Vishu day, Lord Krishna had killed Narakasura. The other story is that Ravana never permitted Surya Deva (Sun) to rise straight from the East. After Ravana's demise, it was on the Vishu day that the Sun set out to rise straightforwardly from the east. What's more, thus Keralites observe Vishu to celebrate the arrival of the Sun.

On the Vishu day morning, the elder one in the house prepares a ‘kani’ in the wee hours. Once the ‘kani’, which is decorated traditionally on a brass vessel, will have all types of seasonal fruits and grains, a piece of the traditional Kerala saree  (an offwhite material with a golden border), a few coins, gold, an idol of lord Krishna, a mirror and the yellow flowers which blooms only during April-May times. The one who prepares the ‘Kani’ wakes up every member in the family after lighting the traditional lamp in front of the ‘kani’. Each member walk up to the room where the ‘kani’ is kept with the eyes closed so that the first thing a person sees is the glorious view of ‘Vishukkani’, reflected on the mirror. This ritual is known as ‘Kanikanal’.

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Vishukkani

Once the 'Kanikanal' is finished, the old individuals in the house will offer cash to the more youthful ones, which is called 'Kaineettam.' The handsel to be gotten confronting the east heading and the more youthful ones needs to contact the foot of the senior individual in the wake of getting the hansel. The custom is that alongside the hansel the old will give new garments to the more youthful ones. It is additionally trusted that whoever goes to your home upon the arrival of Vishu, ought to be given hansel. Once the morning rituals are over, there will be a special traditional sadya (meals) prepared for lunch.

Aside from the houses, almost all the temples across Kerala additionally gets ready 'Vishukani' for the aficionados. Many famous temples like Sabarimala, Guruvayur, Sri Padmanabha sanctuary and so on are stuffed with lovers, and uncommon pujas are held by numerous aficionados of Lord Krishna.