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Onam celebrations continue at Ayyappa temple

12:38 PM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Indore : While most of the rituals of Onam concluded on Wednesday, a grand event was organised on Sunday, so that everyone could participate and start the new season with fervour and enjoy harvest of the last one.

Malayalis from different parts of the city gathered at Ayyappa temple to prepare Onam Sadya and further enjoy the feast with their relatives, friends, teachers and family members. A celebration is incomplete without music, and hence, classical music entertained visitors through out the celebrations.

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Giving rhythm to celebrations

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Bringing back traditional soothing music and refreshing the environment, a group of men played first talam on classical musical instrument Chenda.

“Classical music soothes the mind and brings positive energy to environment,” businessman Chandrashekar Nambiar said. He added that Chenda is an important part of any of celebrations. Sharing the reason behind preference to classical music, operation manager at an educational consultancy C Sarasan explained, “Classical music studies and produces different sounds that can be moulded into different emotions or bhavs.” He elaborated that music is an important part of their tradition.

Cooling the mind with a dot of sandalWOOD PASTE

An important part of tradition that every Malayali follows is putting a dot of sandalwood on their forehead to cool their mind and bring positive energy.

 Talking about the tradition, quality analyst at an IT firm Reshma Naik said, “It is customary to apply sandalwood dot instead of vermillion.” She explained that it is not the colour but property that varies.

“Red coloured vermillion signifies power, which is prominent in northern part of the country,” teacher Usha Manohar said. She elaborated that southern India is hotter and traditions are titled towards the colour white and calmness. Further, Usha shared that such gatherings help them stay connected and often throw up a pleasant surprise. “I met my friend Prabha Ajayan after 15 years today,” she explained.

Bonding over food

Talking about the fest, digital marketer Shari Nair said, “Festivals are not about traditions or rituals, instead Onam is about doing things together.” She added that men got together last night and prepared the food.

“We are always taught the lesson of being humble and enjoying everything we do by engaging us in day-to-day task,” credit manager Pranay Nair said. He added that cutting vegetables and preparing meals with friends is the best way to spend time.

Lessons learnt from  temple structures

Everything has significance in temples from a rock to a statue. Disclosing one such story, homemaker Bindu Nambiar said, “These little structures around the temple and at different positions represent followers and people around God.”

The little structures inspire people to stay together, because that is the way to live happily. “Also, everyone from the god sitting inside to the guard standing outside the temple is important,” Bindu said.  Talking about their experience of the fest, Bindu said, “My mother Prasanna came to surprise me on Onam.” She added that it has been one of the best celebrations for her family.

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