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What is Vishu and why is it celebrated?

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Vishu is a Hindu festival celebrated in the Indian state of Kerala.

Vishu, celebrated in Kerala and by Keralites across India and abroad to mark the start of the Malayalam new year, is a festival of new beginnings and hopes. The word Vishu in Sanskrit means equal and hence it celebrates the spring equinox, when day and night are nearly equal.

Celebrated in Kerala from the reign of Sthanu Ravi since 844 AD, Vishu is believed to mark the day when Krishna killed the demon Narakasura. Hence, Krishna idols are kept in the Vishu kani. Hindus consider Vishnu as the God of Time and so on this festival, Vishnu and his incarnation Krishna are worshipped.

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