Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Onam.
Onam marks the beginning of the harvest season in various parts of the country especially in the southern states.
Celebrated with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm, Onam reflects the central role of agriculture in the society.
Onam, which is the state festival of Kerala, is an annual celebration of the homecoming of King Mahabali, who is believed to come from the underworld to visit his citizens. Kerala witnessed its golden period under the reign of King Mahabali.
The grandeur of the festival attracts hundreds of people across the country to Kerala.
Onam wishes to you all. I pray that this special festival furthers the atmosphere of harmony & happiness across our nation.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 14, 2016
Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad and Prakash Javadekar also tweeted out their Onam wishes while Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu made announcements of two new trains for the occasion of Onam.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) September 14, 2016
Let the festival of #Onam bring happiness, joy and prosperity in the lives of one and all.
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) September 14, 2016
2 Spl trains Kerala #Onam rush from Bangalore at 11.15 Hrs for Trivandrum&19.30 Hrs for Kannur today,addition to 6 regular trains.we care
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 13, 2016
We r trying to run special trains to Kerala so that people can celebrate their #Onam festival with their families.
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) September 12, 2016
India is celebrating Onam on Wednesday.