Thrissur Pooram Festivals

Pooram Temple Festival

Thrissur Pooram Festival

  • Location                           : Kerala
  • Main Attraction                : Kudamattam
  • Centre Of Activity            : Thekkinkadu Grounds
  • In The Month Of               : April / May

The month of April- May keeps the people of Kerala busy to the maximum. This is due to the fact that it is the festive season which begins with lots of fun and excitement. One of the spring months which is auspicious and has the presence of the pooram asterism is the time when the Pooram festival is held. It is considered to be one of the most colorful festivals of kerala.One festival of India that is much talked about by visitors from around the globe is the Pooram festival. It is celebrated with the belief that a day was celebrated when the gods and goddesses of all the neighboring districts came to one place to relish the fact of togetherness. So this myth makes people celebrate this festival with lots of enthusiasm. Though there are various beliefs in the history of Kerala, the Pooram festival is a world renowned event which is enjoyed and appreciated by many people.

A lot of credit goes to the Vadakkunnatha temple for hosting such a big historical event. Orchestras and colorful fireworks play pivotal roles in the festival which attracts huge crowds. The Pooram day is marked by the lining of thirteen elephants in two rows facing each other. The elephants are adorned in the best possible way and are made to stand with their pachyderms holding a colorful umbrella along with a yak tail fly whisker and a peacock fan carrier which has a lot of importance in the tradition of Kerala. The sound of the orchestra reaches the crescendo to make way for the marvelous display of blossoming umbrellas over the decorated elephants. The temple which holds this event appears like a Japanese shrine with lots of art work showing the ancient style of architecture. It has a big meeting hall and has roofs at various levels. The ground of the temple is where this gorgeous event takes place.

Huge crowds are seen clapping and applauding the event for the whole day until the elephants are made to retire in the evening. The statues of gods and goddesses are seen decorated to the maximum and are made to go on processions to mark the event. The Medam month in kerala has events organized in many places mostly in Aratupuzha, Thrissur,Uthralikavu, Cheeramkulangara, Pariyanampetta, Mannarkad, Perumanam, Aryankavu, Mangottu, Medamkulangara, Kodikal and Thirumandhamkunnu. Firework displays in the night and in the early hours of the next day end the pooram celebrations with lots of light and happiness.

Thrissur Festival

Thrissur is nothing without the work of sakthan Thampuran who reigned the place from 1775 to 1790. The thekkinadu grounds where the pooram festivities are held has a great significance in the cultural heritage of Kerala. The assemblage or meeting up of all deities from the neighboring provinces is the main attraction. The statue of Shiva presides the event and procession thus making Thrissur Festival memorable. The Kundamattam which is a competition held for checking the best rhythmic display of parasols is conducted during the event.Pandimelam is the traditional orchestra used for the competition which is taken part by the people of the state. People from the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi divisions add richness to the pooram festival by facing each other on the adorned elephants. Experiencing this event gives a lifetime experience to the tourists.

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