Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Happy Vishu..!"



Vishu came to me early this year, as I see the ‘Kanikkonna’ (Golden shower) tree near my window has bloomed... Now I wonder, what I will do on 14th April, when it is time to make the ‘Vishukkani’..! Hmmm... I will have to purchase the flowers from market..!!!
[ For My Friends who don’t know what vishu is, I add a brief description adopted fron Wikipedia:-
Vishu (Malayalam:വിഷു)- is a festival held in the state of Kerala around the first day in the Hindu month of Medam (April – May). This occasion signifies the Sun's transit to the zodiac Mesha Mesha Raasi as per Indian astrological calculations. Vishu is also considered as the Harvest festival of Kerala and the occasion marks the beginning of Malayalam New Year, thus the day is important to all Malayalees regardless of their religion or sect.
The festival is marked with offerings to the divine called Vishukkani. The offerings consist of a ritual arrangement in the puja room of auspicious articles like raw rice, fresh linen, golden cucumber, betel leaves, arecanut, metal mirror, the yellow flowers konna (Cassia fistula), and a holy text and coins, in a bell metal vessel called uruli. A lighted bell metal lamp called nilavilakku is also placed alongside. This arrangement is completed the previous night. On the day of Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the puja room with the eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first thing one sees.]

24 comments:

  1. too early,shades.lets make do with a plastic kanikkonna this time.how was ur vals day?

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  2. Thanks for explaining another one of your customs so well Shades. Nice pics also. :)

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  3. Md Dear
    yes, i think i will have to go for plastic flowers.. or those from market..!
    My valentine's day is today.(15th)!
    Hope you got it..!!
    ;)

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  4. Eric,
    Thank you..!
    Will tell you everything about our festivals, as when they come..!
    :)

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  5. A most lovely tree with a very nice name.
    Thank's for the explanation.

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  6. Nice one...

    Happy Valentine day sis :)

    Love,

    Samrina

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  7. Hey , Nice info here with lovely pix;-)

    I dunno if Kainittam is given at the time of Vishu or Onam. I think it is given by elders after you see Vishukanni. Plz correct me.

    Also plz add some info abt Sadhya :-)

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  8. Quin..
    thanks for visiting, friend..!
    :)

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  9. Dear Pts,
    entha gauravam? no advices this time for me? you are the only person writing in malayalam for me, and i love it..! so please continue it...!
    thank you..!
    :)

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  10. Samri Dear
    Thank you, and wish you the same..!
    :)

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  11. Abhi..
    Glad to see your comment, master...!
    Kaineettam is given on vishu itself, not onam... Yes, sure, i will write to you in detail about sadya. come to kerala in April, lets have a Vishu sadya..!
    :)

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  12. Athu shari!
    Ippozhe angu pootho??
    :)

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  13. Velu (mm)
    Yes... this is the tree in front of our hostel.. and it will be an ugly sight in April, with bare branches and the dry legumes..
    :(

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  14. I hav changed my desk top to this beautiful snap..Hop u wont mind.
    N ICE shot

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  15. Ghostie,
    Of course i dont mind..!
    I take it as a privilege..!!
    :)

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  16. beautiful pictures.. reminds me of this big 'kanikkonna' we had in our college.. it was quite a sight to see when it was in full bloom..

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  17. Dear Nishana,
    Thanks for visiting....!
    :)

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  18. എഴുത്ത് നിര്‍ത്തണം, ഞാന്‍ തുടങ്ങി.
    പടങ്ങള്‍ മോശമില്ല.

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  19. Hi Friends,

    Happy vishu to all
    Regards
    Free greetings
    For Free Vishu Greetings with Animated Flash Cards please visit our vishu greetings Section

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  20. Dear Maakri,
    Thanks for the visit...!
    I will not be writing too much...
    One or two lines are ok, right?
    :)

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  21. Dear Sajith
    Wishing you the same..!
    :)

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  22. Enjoy vishu 2009 with vishu kani and firecrackers

    Happy vishu greetings to everybody

    Prasad
    365greetings.com

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