The Hindu New Year Vishu


Wishing you all Happy Vishu!!!

Basically I am a half Tamilian & half Keralite, I neither speak Tamil properly nor Malayalam. My Friend Sneha Ramachandran knows me well for that. Today, Keralites all over the world are set to celebrate the Hindu New Year, Vishu.

Usually elder’s in the family take care of the arrangements for this day. But post marriage, when you have to do the arrangements on your own, I was wondering why do we celebrate this festival?

I was bit shy to ask this to the elders from my Husband’s side. But finally I took courage and asked my father in law, he said; while some believe that demon Narakasura was killed by Lord Krishna on Vishu, others relate the festival to the killing of Ravana, the demon king, and is said to be the day from which Surya deva (Sun God) began to rise from the East.  Then he stated, the auspicious day begins with Vishukkani, which is the first thing devotees see soon after waking up from sleep in the morning. Elders of the family arrange holy texts, coins, rice, fruits, vegetables, metal mirror, betel leaves, kanikkonna flowers (Cassia fistula) and lighted brass lamps in the prayer room near Lord Krishna’s statue that will be decorated with garlands. The Malayalam word kani literally means “that which is seen first,” so “Vishukkani” means “that which is seen first on Vishu.” This all we do to remember good always triumphs over evil. And we do it by seeing good and pleasing things first in the morning.

But to my understanding, Vishu is celebrated to reflect the good within you. That’s why as soon as we get up we are supposed to view all the holy texts, coins, rice, fruits, vegetables, metal mirror, betel leaves, kanikkonna flowers etc… see yourself in the mirror and pray. It’s the indications that open your eye to see good & auspicious things around you.  Embrace the God within you with Good thoughts & Deeds. Let your New Year begin with Goodness inside & outside you. It marks the beginning of new hopes and aspirations and is celebrated widely all across the state. People take a lot of care in fulfilling the rituals so as to bring prosperity and success in the coming year ahead.

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