Thrissur Pooram is one of the most famous and grand temple festivals held in Thrissur, Kerala, India. It is an annual festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May) at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur.
The Pooram festival is known for its spectacular display of caparisoned elephants, vibrant processions, traditional music, and fireworks. It brings together various temples in and around Thrissur, creating a festive atmosphere that attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from all over the world.
The main highlight of the Thrissur Pooram is the procession of elephants, known as Kudamattam. It involves the display of beautifully decorated parasols (or umbrellas) on the elephants. The participants representing different temples compete to showcase the most magnificent and colorful umbrellas.
The two prominent temples that participate in the Pooram are the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple and the Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple. Each temple brings a procession of elephants accompanied by traditional percussion ensembles like the Panchavadyam and Melam, adding to the festive fervor.
The Pooram festivities start early in the morning and continue throughout the day and night. The air is filled with the mesmerizing beats of drums, cymbals, and other traditional musical instruments. The festival culminates with an elaborate fireworks display in the evening, creating a spectacular sight in the night sky.
Thrissur Pooram is not just a religious event but also a cultural extravaganza. It showcases the rich heritage, art forms, and traditions of Kerala. The festival holds immense significance for the people of Thrissur and is a source of immense pride and joy.
It is important to note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent restrictions, there may have been modifications or cancellations of events and gatherings. It is advisable to check the latest updates and guidelines before planning to attend any festivals or events.