V I S H U
15-04-2018 to 15-04-2019
The first day of Medam (Mid April) is the new year day for Malayalees. People believe that the fortunes for the next year depend on the nature of the objects one sees in the early morning of Vishu. For this purpose, Kani (an omen) with articles like yellow flowers (Kani Konna), rice, betel nuts, gold coins etc. is displayed in front of the deity. These are arranged in a bell metal vessel called Uruli in the Puja room of the house. A lighted bell metal lamp called Nilavillakku is also placed alongside. This is arranged the night before Vishu. On Vishu, the custom is to wake up at dawn and go to the prayer room of the house, with eyes closed so that the Vishukkani is the first sight in the new season. According to the age-old belief of Malayalees, an auspicious kani at dawn on the Vishu day is lucky for the entire year. As a result, the Vishukkani is prepared with a lot of care to make it a positive sight and bring a wonderful, prosperous year ahead.
Devotees also prefer to see Vishu Kani at Temple in the early morning.