The prestigious Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Kerala is preparing to present a symbolic offering to the Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya on the momentous occasion of its consecration on January 22. The traditional ceremonial bow, known as ‘Onavillu,’ will be handed over to representatives of the Shri Ram Teerth Kshetra Trust by the Temple Tantri and administrative panel members. The exchange is scheduled to take place at a ceremony on January 18, held at the eastern entrance of the shrine.
The ‘Onavillu’ has deep-rooted significance, being part of a three-century-old tradition where members of a traditional family make an artistic offering at the Lord Padmanabha Temple every year on the auspicious ‘Thiru Onam’ day. This time, the ceremonial bow is presented to the Ayodhya Temple on behalf of the devoted followers of Lord Padmanabha.
The sacred ‘villu’ is a bow-shaped wooden panel adorned with paintings on both sides, illustrating themes such as ‘Ananthasayanam,’ the mythical serpent Aanantha, ‘Dashavataram,’ depicting the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and ‘Sreerama Pattabhishekam,’ portraying the anointing of Lord Rama as King.
To facilitate devotees’ participation in this auspicious event, arrangements will be made for them to catch a glimpse of the sacred bow on the shrine premises. Devotees will also have the opportunity to circumambulate the temple while carrying the ceremonial bow. This gesture not only symbolizes cultural and religious harmony but also represents a meaningful exchange between two revered temples in different parts of India.