Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is the most colourful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala. Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi state, introduced this festival. It is Celebrated in Medom (April-May) and the fulgent faces of Kerala culture.

Thrissur Pooram is held at Thekinkadu Maidan at Thrissur. Pageant of 30 caparisoned elephants assembled in the precincts of the Vadakumnathan temple. The nearby Paramekavu and Thiruvambadi temples are also participants in the festival. Kudamattam, changing of colourful umbralla from hands to hands, Chendamelain (kind of drums) Panchavadyam (five typical instruments) are performed/played).

The Pooram festival is also well known for the magnificent display of fireworks called ‘Pooram Vedikkettu’. Two groups representing the two divisions of Thrissur Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi compete each other in making the display of fireworks grander and more colourful.

Each group is allowed to display a maximum of fifteen elephants and all efforts are made by each party to secure the best with every passing year Thrissur Pooram, attracts large masses of devotees and spectators.

Arattupuzha Pooram
Arattupuzha Temple, about 14 km from Thrissur.In the spectacular 'Arattupuzha Pooram' about sixty-one elephants take part in the 'Pooram pageantry' accompanied by temple percussions.

Chinakathoor pooram
Chinakathoor pooram is held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor Bhagavathy Temple, Palappuram in the district of Palakkad in North Kerala festival include a grand procession of 33 elephants in the evening.The Panchavadyam or the traditional temple orchestra and various art forms like Vellattu, Theyyam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela, Aandi Vedan, Karivela, and so on are performed.

Pariyanampetta pooram
Annual seven days Pooram at Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy Temple, Kattukulam 40 km away from Palakkad is celbrated every year.

Uthralikkavu Pooram
The Uthralikkavu Pooram, is one of the most important festivals of central Kerala. This festival is dedicated to Goddess Kali, and is celebrated at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Vadakkancherry in the district of Thrissur, usually in the month of February.
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