Mahabali's rule is considered the golden era of Kerala.
The following song is often sung over Onam:
“Maveli nadu vaneedum kalam
Amodhathode vasikkum kalam
Kallavum illa chathiyumilla
The meaning of this song is as follows:
When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, All the people were equal.And people were joyful and merry; They were all free from harm.There was neither anxiety nor sickness, Deaths of children were unheard of, There were no lies, There was neither theft nor deceit, And no one was false in speech either. Measures and weights were right; No one cheated or wronged his neighbor. When Maveli, our King, ruled the land, All the people formed one casteless races.