Is Onam is Hindu Festival or Christian Festival ? is Onam celebrated in memory of the king Mahabali or Vamana Jayanti ?

Regional bigots, Marxists & pseudo atheist anti-Hindu haters from a region declared that Onam is not Vamana Jayanti.

But they are wrong. Onam is indeed Hindu Festival and Vama Jayanti.

Bhagavata Purana(8.18.5) says Lord Vishnu took birth as Vamana on Shravana Dvadashi.

This is exactly the time of Uthradom (Onam Eve).

The Onam festival is celebrated for four days until Purnima. Even South Indian tradition agrees that Onam marks the birth of Lord Vishnu as Vamana
Onam is a celebration of the birth and victory of Lord Vishnu as Vamana and returns of his devotee king Mahabali to earth.

Mahabali comes back every year from sutala to see his land & celebrate Lord Vamana's birth at Vamana temple in Thrikkakara (="place of holy foot") in Kochi
From ancient days,Onam was celebrated in Tamilakam (Tamilnadu-Kerala) not as a festival of Bali but as the birthday of "Asura destroying" Lord Vishnu.

This is mentioned in ancient Sangam literature in a poem called Maturaikkāñci

PS-Nairs still keep Onam battle traditions of this poem

This tradition of celebrating Onam as the birthday of Vishnu continued to be celebrated in the middle ages.

Medieval literature like the 10th century Divya Prabandham shows Onam continued to be celebrated as a festival of Lord Vishnu.Rice and fruits were prepared and offered to Vishnu
That Onam was a festival of Lord Vishnu is confirmed by Independent sources.

William Logan, a Scottish civil servant of the 19th cent noted in his "Malabar Manual" that Onam was the day on which Vishnu descended to make his people happy.Along with Vishnu came Vishnu's devotee Bali
Francis Day was a 17th century East India Company administrator who lived in Kerala and Tamilnadu.

He wrote a book about Kerala based on his ethnographic study.

In his book, he reproduced the stories of Onam he heard from local people.
Francis Day also writes in his book that Keralites of his day believed Onam marked the day when Lord Vishnu wandered about the earth.

Along with Vishnu came his devotee Mahabali

The earliest record of Onam in Kerala comes from Thirikkara Vamana temple (861 CE).

Even today, Onam is celebrated here as the birthday of Vamana.

It is believed that Bali also returns to worship the Lord every year on this day.

Processions of Vamana Murti("idol") are carried out

Unlike Abrahamic religions, Hinduism does not have any centralizing authority like the pope.

Because of this reason, the mode of celebration of the Onam festival has diversified over centuries among various castes and communities who celebrated the festival in different ways.
This does not change the fact that Onam was originally a festival that marked the birthday of Vishnu as Vamana. And traditional Onam celebrates this aspect even today
.Even today, the most important part of Onam celebrations is Thrikkakara Appan, which is a clay Pyramid representing Lord Vamana who is worshiped as the guest.

This only shows how communists and evangelists have systematically divorced Onam from its Hindu roots

The liars have been pitting Vamana against Bali. But such a dichotomy cannot be supported even by the story in Bhagavata Purana
Vishnu comes to test Bali's generosity. He becomes satisfied & grants Bali any boon he wishes.

But Bali has only one wish. To always be with Vishnu.

Vishnu grants the wish. He leaves Vaikunta and repairs to Bali's new abode Sutala where there is no fear, hatred, disease

Srimad Bhagavatam (5.24) says Lord Vamana served as the gatekeeper of Bali in Sutala which is grander than Svarga.

Vamana kicked Ravana out of Sutala when Ravana invaded Sutala.

Such is the beautiful relation between Bhagavan and Bhakta. Hateful Marxists are not sparing even that

Just a minor detail. While Onam/Vamana Jayanti in ancient days was celebrated on Shravana Ekadashi, it has from medieval times to this day been celebrated during Bhadrapada Ekadashi.

There have also been regional variations and some community still prefer Shravana Ekadashi
For all that nonsense about 'Aryan' Vamana and 'Dravidian' Mahabali.

Here is a pre-modern painting from Mankot (c.1700)

The dark-skinned dwarf is beautiful Vamana. And the Brahmin with choti in the painting is none other than Mahabali. Mahabali was a descendant of Rishi Kashyapa

They are now taking their propaganda to a new low by depicting Bali as a Christian Saint like Jesus.

The Bali in this painting looks absolutely nothing like how Mahabali is traditionally depicted-- with a choti and a sacred thread

NOBODY, absolutely NOBODY, dressed like Jesus or any Christian saint in those days in Kerala.

Even local Christians of Kerala dressed like Brahmins.

Here is a painting of a local Christian couple of 19th century

The Christian man wears Choti and dhoti like Brahmins.

WRONG Sunil Menonji!

That is NOT "Bali iconography" & that figure is NOT "Bali figure".

In the artistic convention of early Trivikrama sculptures such as those from Mathura & Badami, Trivikrama DOES NOT trample Bali. He stamps Rahu.

In the sculptures of Mathura and Badami and also in several later day depictions, Vishnu DOES NOT place his foot upon Bali. The laughing face in the sky is Rahu.

You seem to be absolutely clueless about conventions of early Indian art.
Bali is SHOWN in the SAME sculpture. He is shown pouring water in the hands of Vamana and confirming his gift. His wife vindhyavali stands to his right.

With his Uttariya and Choti, he looks very much like a member of the "Choti and thread" club :)))
I am STUNNED by the UTTER stupidity of this tweet.

Uncle posts a painting of Vamana trampling Bali who is shown wearing a crown on his head & getting buried in the ground

How does one expect to SEE choti on the head when the head is COVERED by the crown?

Here is COMMON SENSE 101.

If you WANT to SEE Choti on Bali's head, you have to consider a painting that DOES NOT HIDE Bali's head with a crown.

Here is a painting of Vamana and Bali without a crown from Bilaspur (c. 1700 CE).

One can CLEARLY see Choti on Bali's head
Here is another painting of Vamana & crown-less Bali presented to King Edward VII by Munguldass Nathoobhoy in 1875.

Bali is shown as Yajamana seated with wife Vindhyavali. He pours water in Vamana's hand confirming the gift.

Bali is CLEARLY shown with a Choti, Tilak, and Janeu

Here is a SOUTH INDIAN Pandyan era depiction of Vamana and Bali from Lakshmi Narasimha temple at Namakkal(Tamil Nadu, 8th century).

Bali is CLEARLY shown with a Yajnopavita (Janeu).

Again, he is consistently a member of the Choti and thread club in depictions across India
Here is another depiction of Bali and Vamana from Patna, Bihar (c.19th century)

Bali is shown pouring water and confirming his gift. His wife Vindhyavali stands beside him.

Again, one can CLEARLY see Bali's Choti, Yajnopavita, and Tilaka…
And here is the painting of Bali and Vamana by the great MALAYALI painter Raja Ravi Varma (c.1910).

Vamana is shown placing his foot on Bali.

One can CLEARLY see the Choti on Bali's head and tilak on his forehead

I could go on and on.

But here is my question.

Can Menon uncle show us a SINGLE painting of a Bali before 20th century which depicts Bali like this?

It is my challenge. If he shows even one, I will concede his point
In fact, the Mahabali in this FAKE painting looks eerily similar to the so called "Holy Face of Jesus" which is nothing but a forgery impression on the FAKE shroud of Turin.

Just that he was a little Indianised by keeping the mustache, removing beard and darkening the skin

Here, CM Arbind Kejriwal is right. 

Sources :  True Indology @tiinexile 


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