Origin of word Onam – Transliteration from Kanchi Paramacharya audio talks.

Origin of word Onam – Transliteration from Kanchi Paramacharya audio talks.

Day of Thiruvoonam star on Shravvana maasa (month) is called as Onam in kerela and Tamilnadu.
Shraavani Nakshathra is the presiding star of this month which is called Shravana Masa.

The month name “Shraavani” phonetically changed to “Aavani” (in tamil) as they removed the part “shraa” from it.Similarly, the Star name “Shravana” nakshathra changed to “oonam” and “thiru” got added to it to call it “Thiruvoonam” nakshathra.

The word “Sinhala” in sanskrit got transformed to “Eela” in tamil by replacing the “sinha” with “ee” hence the name Eezha. This is just one example. Just like that “shravana” in samskrit became “oona” which became “oonam”.

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