The 10 day annual festival of Vamanamoorthy Temple in Thrikkakara starts today on 31st August, 2011. Onam Pooja celebrations or temple festival during Onam annually begins on Atham day in Chinga masam and ends on Thiruvonam day. It begins with flag hoisting by temple tantri at 8 pm. The Lord Vishnu presiding here is known as Thrikkakaraappan or Vamanamurthy.
Vamamoorthy temple or Thrikkakara temple is located at about 10 km east of Kochi city, between Alwaye and Kalamassery. Vamanamurthy is the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The temple has a large number of records of great historical significance and Inscriptions are found in the temple from the time of 10th to 13 th century.
The temple legend is deeply associated with Thiruvonam marking the incarnation of vamana and banishment of Mahabali to netherworld. Legend has it that Mahabali returns to the earth once a year during the Onam festival and that his return is marked by celebrations involving floral decorations and more.
Highlighting various artforms of Kerala, on Sep 7 th 2011, a grand procession( Avani ) will be held in Kalamassery on par with Athachamayam in Tripunithura. The Kalamassery Municipality is organising this rally from Edappally Toll to the temple.
The Onasadya or the Onam feast is normally held in a grand manner in the temple on Onam day with a large number of people cutting across religious barriers participating in it. The 10-day festival would come to an end on the Thiruvonam day. Onam feast is organised at the Tiruvonam Hall for 15,000 people on the Onam day.
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