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Now Book Onavillu Online from Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala

Note - This Service has been stopped by the temple authorities. Onavillu is a unique offering made in the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple at Trivandrum in Kerala during Onam festival. Onavillu is a bow – tapering on both sides – painted with pictures of Ananthasayanam, Dasavatharam, Srirama Pattaabhishekam, Sri Krishna Lila, Sri Sastha and Mahaganapathi. Now you can book Onavillu online through the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Kerala. Onavillu is priced at Rupees 1700/- The bows are consecrated on the Onam day. The bows will be removed on the third day after Onam and distributed to devotees. The bow is considered to be a symbol of prosperity. You find more details and how to book online here at the official website of the temple. ( Note  - This Service has been stopped by the temple authorities.) Please note that the Onavillu has to be physically collected from the temple.

Hindu God Vaidyanath – Shiva as Vaidyanathan - The Supreme Physician or Doctor

Vaidyanath, or Vaidyanathan, is one among the numerous names of Hindu God Shiva. Vaidyanath means the supreme physician or doctor. Shiva got the name after he restored the luster of Chandra – the moon god. Chandra was cursed by Daksha Prajapati to lose his luster. Legend says that Daksha, the master of civilization, gave twenty seven of his daughters – the Nakshatras, lunar asterisms or birth stars – in marriage to Chandra. But the moon god was enamored by the beauty of Rohini Nakshatra and ignored the other Nakshatras. The other angry and jealous wives of Chandra went to their father and informed about Chandra’s favoritism for Rohini. This behavior of Chandra infuriated Daskha. He cursed Chandra that his body of which he was so proud will lose its luster and will fade away. Soon the body of Chandra started loosing its luster and this caused upheaval on earth. Several plants and herbs need the moonlight to survive. Chandra then approached Srihari Vishnu who directed him t