Vishu an important festival of Kerala conveys the Message of Auspeciousness and Prosperity.One exclusive item needed for making this festival significant is a flower called Konna flower the scientific name of which is Laburnum.Dark yellow in color adds to greatness of this blooming flower as a divine. Part of the Vishukani.(Picture above refers)
Once Vishu was the New year Festival of Kerala before the Kollavarsham calendar began.In the neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu also
Vishu is being celebrated as the New year day.Kalivarsham and Saka Varsha also begin with Medam Vishu (Firstbday of the vernacular month Medam).According to the Mathematical science also Vishu is considered as New year day.on the Vishu day which has geographical
and astrological relevance, The Sun is believed to have come above the line of Equator.There are two phases in a year called Dakshinayanam & Uttarayanam. While in the former the sun is on the southern side in the later on the Northern side
It is believed that Lord Sreekrishna killed Narakasura on the Vishu day.There is another mythological belief that Demon King Ravana never allowed Sun to rise on the east.The sun began rising on East from the day the demon king Ravana was killed.
The stories might differ.But there is a reality that on the first day of the Malayalam month Medam the Vishu is celebrated with auspicious Vishukani.In this regard there is a belief that that the first auspicious object one sees in the morning determine the
prosperity in store for the year ahead.Hence a set of Auspecous objects are arranged in what is called a Vessel "Ursuli"made of Bronze.
The Vishukani consists of auspicious objects such as Rice grains,Fruits,Konna Flowers are placed in a bell metal vessel in front of the Image of Lord Sreekrishna .the eldest lady of the family on the previous night arranges these and light a Nilavilakku( a traditional lamp of Kerala) the next day early morning and invites everyone in the family one by one to witness the Kani.Again traditionally the lady brings everyone with his/her eyes closed to open in front of the auspicious objects including the image of Lord Krishna.as soon as the Kani is over,the eldest male of the family gives everyone coins as "Vishukaineetam".
After this the children in the family lights the crackers and other explosive items not dangerous to the children.
In different places the Vishu is celebrated differently with entertainment programmes like Vishuvili,Vishukani etc.
Everywhere on the day of Vishu invariably there would be a grand feast consisting of enormous vegetarian preparations.
In the prominent Temples like Guruvayur and Sabarimala the Vishukani is arranged by the Temples also.
Although Vishu is celebrated as the Astrological new year of Kerala ,the official new year of Kerala is in August - September called ONAM the harvest season of Kerala.
13th April 2017
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