Heralding Onam festival, Onapottan gets ready

Kozhikode: Preparations are on in villages in Malabar to welcome Onapottan who visits homes on Uthradam and Thiruvonam. The elaborate preparations for the 'Maveli theyyam' starts on Atham day itself, as Onapottan needs elaborate props, including bangles, crown, palm leaf umbrella (Olakkuda) and face paint. As he visit one's home, all prosperity come and grace the home, it is believed. Those who perform as Onapottan used to observe strict vows earlier. Now, a section of the new generation have no qualms in flouting traditions, feel theyyam artists.

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