India is known for its vibrant and lively celebrations. Each state of our nation has its own set of traditions, customs and festivals. The unity in diversity that India portrays is popular worldwide and there’s no doubt in the fact that it is one of the key reasons behind the big chunk of tourists that come around throughout the year. Kerala is particularly known for its numerous temple festivals, Thrissur Pooram being the grandest of them all. Considered as the most important event from the religious point of view, this pooram festival witnesses a great amount of enthusiasm among the locals.
Vadakumnathan Temple Maidan, Thrissur, Kerala
When is it held?
The Thrissur Pooram fest takes place on the Pooram day of the Malayalam month of Medom that lies between April and May. This year, the locals will be celebrating it on the 17th of April.
History and Religious Significance
The pooram festival in Kerala dates back to the times of the 18th century when Raja Rama Varma (also known as Sakthan Thampuran) united ten temples located around the Vadakumnathan Temple to pay respect to the presiding deity – Lord Vadakumnathan. It is said that a certain sect of people were denied to be a part of the procession of Arattupuzha Pooram (a popular festival during those times) because they couldn’t reach on time. They went with their plea to Sakthan who came up with the concept of Thrissur Pooram Festival which is now celebrated with great fervour till date.
The participants of the fest are:
- Thiruvambady Bhagavathi
- Paramekkavu Bhagavathi
- Nethilakkavu Bhagavathi
- Karamukku Bhagavathi
- Ayyanthole Bhagavathi
- Laloor Bhagavathi
- Choorakkattukavu Bhagavathi
- Chembukkavu Bhagavathi
- Panamukkumpally Sastha
- Kanimangalam Sastha
What’s the Catch?
A grand parade of elephants and beautiful fireworks.
The parade comprises 15 beautifully draped elephants representing the two sides or temples (Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu). Alongwith the elephant stays a man who holds a parasol that happens to be taller than the giant mammal. Another man is present to wave the fan while the orchestra plays on. The men standing on the elephants back exchange the parasols during the processions while the drums keep on rolling and beautiful fireworks take place in the sky. The event starts as early as six in the morning and goes on for as long as 36 hours non-stop.
Thrissur – Travel Guide
Thrissur has a number of attractions to its credit. Few of them are:
- Nava Mukunda Temple
- Arattupuzha Temple
- Athirapally Falls
- Elephant Camp
- Heritage Garden
Browse through Thrissur Travel Guide for more info.
Where to Stay?
There are numerous hotels in Thrissur which offer a comfortable stay to visitors in reasonable rates.
How to Reach?
Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (58 km)
Nearest Railway Station: Thrissur Junction Railway Station