Thrissur pooram is the most colourful and spectacular temple festivals of Kerala celebrated at Thrissur, the Cultural capital of Kerala. The pooram celebrations are held in the Thekkinkadu Maidan (Thrissur swaraj round) on the premises of Vadakkumnathan temple. It is one of the largest and ancient Shiva temples in Kerala. Thrissur pooram is celebrated on the Pooram Nakshatram day in Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). Thrissur pooram is the Pooram of all pooram and the biggest of all temple festivals in Kerala due to unique style and gathering of large masses from all parts of Kerala and neighbouring states. Sakthan Thampuran (1751-1805, also called Raja Rama Varma), the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State in the late 18th C introduced the pooram. Thrissur pooram 2012 date is 1st May 2012.
Attractions of Thrissur Pooram
- Ezhunnellippu programme : ritual symbolising the visit of devi from Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples to the Vadakkumnathan temple.
- Panchavadyam : an orchestra of five instruments – Thimila, Maddalam, Trumpet, Cymbal and Edakka involving over 200 artistes.
- Pandemelam : another orchestra event involving over 200 artists in the disciplines of drum, trumpet, pipe and cymbal.
- Kudamattom : umbrella showing competition in which artistic umbrellas will be displayed on elephants
- Elanjitharamelam : drum concerts
- Fireworks : spectacular fireworks show at the end of the pooram commencing at 3 am till 6 am.
Participants of Thrissur Pooram
The main participants of Thrissur pooram are two devaswams – Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi the two competing groups who make the fireworks and kudamattom spectacular and colourful. These temples are close to vadakunnathan temple. The other participants are
- Kanimangalam Sastha Temple
- Chembukkavu Bagavathy Temple
- Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple
- Pookkattikkara – Karamukku Baghavathy Temple
- Laloor Baghavathy Temple
- Choorakkottukavu Bagavathy Temple
- Ayyanthole Bagavathy Temple
- Nethilakkavu Bagavathy Temple
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