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onamVaastu rules for celebrating Onam
Author: Dr Rupa Batra

Onam is a popular festival of South India. Celebrated with full fervor in the state of Kerela, Onam is celebrated to ten days in all. The first day is known as Atham and Thiru Onam is the name of the last festival.
Vaastu shastra provides us the right tools which help us to set the five elements in such a manner that we get best out of the entire thing.

Use fresh yellow flowers
Vaastu suggests using fresh yellow flowers like yellow roses, yellow lilies, Dahlia, peonies, or even yellow color Tulips. Yellow is the colour of stability and balance. Celebrated in almost mid of the year, yellow colour endorses balance for the first and the second half of the year.
This is called as Pookkallam which is also known as ‘flower carpet’ or a sheet made of flowers. Girls of the house with the help of their friends make Attha Poo in the front portion of the house. This is done to welcome the soul of popular King Mahabali. It is in the welcome and respect of king Mahabali that Onam is celebrated with so much enthusiasm.

Clean the threshold with cow dung
Cow-dung is considered as very effective tool in purifying the atmosphere of any place. In vaastu shastra many doshas of land, like the shlaya dosha can be removed by cleaning the area with cow dung and cow-urine. For a festival as important as Onam, using cow-dung can be really effective for seeking blessings of gods and goddesses.

Use rangoli colours in puja room for prosperity all through the year
The beautiful concept of decorating the area with festive rangoli colours on festivals such as Diwali, Pongal, Baisakhi, etc has been prevlant in Indian culture ever since middle ages. Queens and princess used to decorate the house with Rangoli colours when kings used to return after wining any battle.

Remember to add honey to the prasadam
Vaastu shastra reveals that when it comes to purifying the house, either through the process of cleaning the mud of the foundation or through conducting yajnas, honey is one of the most important ingredient. Our Vedas such as Rig veda and Atharav veda which mostly talk about the various yajnas which were conducted by Royal families used honey as their most important ingredient to offer to deities.

Place tulsi plant in north-east of the house
The revered and holy Basil plant acts like a purifier to draw all the negative energies of our atmosphere. North-east being the most pious direction of the house, placing Tulsi plant will help attract positive ultra-violet rays from the atmosphere on the festive day.

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