Film stars across the nation wished Malayalis on the occasion of Onam. The God's Own Country is celebrating the festival on Wednesday, Sep. 14. Cutting across language barriers, film personalities from Bollywood, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada cinema extended their greetings to the Keralities.
Onam is celebrated by people belonging to all the religions in Kerala, which makes it a unique festival. As per Hindu mythology, 'devas' got insecure and jealous of King Mahabali's popularity. Hence, they requested Lord Vishnu to prevent the King from further expanding his wings by ending his reign.
As per the request made by 'devas', Vishnu, disguised as a poor Brahmin boy called Vamana, met Mahabali to request him to give a piece of land which equals three of his strides.
The generous king agrees. His first step covers the skies and the second, the whole of earth. When there was no space for Vamana's third foot, Bali requested the boy to keep his foot on his head, which forces him down to 'paathalam.' However, Lord Vishnu gave him a boon that he could visit Kerala once a year to visit his subjects. Thus, Keralities celebrate the visit of King Mahabali to the state during this time.
Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal and many others have wished Malayalis on Twitter. Below, we bring you their comments:
Amitabh Bachchan: T 2379 - Greetings for the festival of ONAM ..
Kabir Duhan Singh: Wishing each and every one of friends a very happy Onam!! May god bless you with peace and happiness !! xx
Allari Naresh: Wishing everyone a prosperous and Sadhya filled Onam!
Priyamani: Sorry for the deleted tweet...here's wishing all my Malayali friends and their family a very happy Onam!
RAAI LAXMI: Happy #onam to all my Kerala ppl my friends , fan n well wishers have a blast lots of love... https://www.instagram.com/p/BKVBtrXg4-e/
Parul Yadav: Happy Onam Everyone! May your year be filled with happiness and prosperity! #Onam #HarvestFestival
Kajal Aggarwal: Wishing you all a very happy & prosperous #Onam! Stay blessed
Nikki Galrani: Advance #Bakrid & #Onam wishes
Mohanlal: Wish u all happy onam. May this onam brings you the best of your life.
Dulquer Salmaan: Happy Onam to everyone ☺️☺️ !!
Radikaa Sarathkumar: Happy onam to all who celebrate this wonderful festival of love,family and togetherness .
Dhananjayan Govind: Happy Onam wishes to all my friends ...enjoy the new year
Ranganathan Madhavan: A very very HAPPY ONAM TO ALL OF YOU ... MUCH LOVE TO TOU AND YOUR FAMILIES.GOD BLESS
Jayam Ravi: Eid Mubarak and happy onam to all celebrating today God bless
Mohan Raman: Wishing all who celebrate - Happy Onam and Id ul Zoha greetings.