It is just that season of the Vishu 2022 year again when towns around the country welcome the new year in their unique way. According to the Hindu lunisolar calendar, the first day of the Malayalam month of Medam is celebrated as Vishu.
According to Drikpanchang, the Sankranthi moment on Vishu began at 8:56 a.m. on April 14.
In the region, Vishu heralds the start of spring and harvest season. The day also commemorates Lord Krishna’s victory over the demon Narakasura. Lord Vishnu & his reincarnation Krishna are honored on this day, as well as families prepare Sadya, a range of foods.
People get up to watch the Vishu Kani, which means exactly “first thing you see on Vishu only in the morning.” On Vishu, it is believed that individuals should wake up early to look at auspicious objects so that they will have the finest year possible.
Due to the outbreak, there were no celebrations for two years in succession. For this year, though, things are different since the epidemic in India is slowing down, and people are getting ready to celebrate.
The Malayali New Year, or ‘Vishu,’ will be observed on Friday, April 15, for the year. This essay will tell you all you need to know about the meaning and significance of Vishu.
Puthandu, Vishu, Pana Sankranti, and Bohag Bihu will be observed by Tamils, Malayalis, Odias, and Assamese.
Telugus, Kannadigas, Maharashtrians, Sikhs, and Kashmiris celebrated Ugadi, Gudi Padwa, Vaisakhi, and Navreh on April 2. Likewise, Bengalis celebrate ‘Pohela Baisakh,’ or Bengali New Year.
Significance of the Vishu
Along with many other holidays, including the Tamil New Year, which occurred on Thursday, April 14, this year, Vishu represents new beginnings, hopes, and goals. It’s the day wherein people worship for cherished loved ones’ health, fortune, and prosperity and hope to start the new year on a positive side. On the occasion of Vishu, there are a few rites that must be observed.
Vishu Kani: Several of the Vishu festival’s most significant and anticipated events. When they wake up, family members are blindfolded and brought face-to-face with Lord Krishna. A traditional Vishu Kani comprises a ceremonial light and gifts such as jackfruit, banana, areca nut, rice, cucumber, betel leaves, gold decorations, clothing, a metal mirror, and lemon. Finally, the divinity is addressed via prayers. The ceremony is said to bring good fortune to the families and kick off the new year positively.
Each Malayali household prepares ‘Sadhya,’ a particular accomplishment, for the occasion. Rice, sambar, pickle, chips, rasam, aviyal, and several payasams and desserts make up this celebratory dinner. In addition, people put on new garments and go to temples to achieve salvation on this occasion.
Vishu has already been commemorated in Kerala since the reign of Sthanu Ravi in 844 AD. Lord Krishna is said to have destroyed the demon Narakasura on this day (of Vishu).
On the festival of Vishu, Lord Krishna, the avatar of Lord Vishnu, is worshipped while his idol is put in Vishu Kani. Lord Vishnu is prayed to by devotees.
Blindfolded children and many other family members are taken towards the altar to witness Vishu Kani and the decorations. Rice, golden cucumber, jackfruit, coins, money notes, and a picture of Lord Vishnu are just a few of the ingredients used to make Vishu Kani.
At the festival of Vishu, children frequently break crackers. The laburnum tree is also visible this morning when people bring offerings. The occasion is subsequently commemorated with additional family members and neighborhood members by preparing feasts.