Kochiites celebrated Thiruvonam with enthusiasm on Friday. The temples in and around the city witnessed heavy rush on the day.
Hundreds visited the Chottanikkara temple here in the morning. The traditional ‘Thiruvonasadya' witnessed a huge turnout of devotees. Devaswom authorities said that the highlight of the sadya included ‘pazham pradhaman' and ‘pazham nurukku' prepared using the ‘kazhchakula' (banana) offered to the deity on ‘Uthradam' day.
People thronged the Thrikkakara temple here from the morning, as part of the celebrations. Thrikkakara temple authorities said that people from various walks of life joined the traditional ‘Onasadya', a ritual lunch held on the occasion of Thiruvonam every year. It was served at the Thiruvonam hall till from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Benny Behannan, MLA, who represents the Thrikkakara Assembly constituency, said that Thrikkakara temple embodied the spirit of the Onam festival.
Cutting across caste and religious beliefts, people flocked the temple to participate in the Onam celebrations, he said.
The city wore a deserted look till afternoon, as people preferred to stay home and enjoy the sumptuous Onasadya. Hotels also offered Onasadya.
The price for a sadya varied from Rs.250 to Rs.400 in leading hotels in the city.
Various cultural programmes were organised as part of Lavanyam 2011, the annual Onam cultural fete jointly organised by the District Tourism Promotion Council and the district administration.
Programmes began at 5.30 p.m. at Durbar Hall ground. Kathakali, fusion dance and mega mimicry show were held at the venue.
A ganamela performance by youngsters, karakattam and comedy show attracted crowds at Marine Drive.