Celebrate India - Thrissur Pooram Festival
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Finally a year later, I set foot in the magnificent city of Thrissur in Kerala because the picture that I had seen was taken during the festival of Thrissur Pooram. The festival is celebrated to mark ...

Finally a year later, I set foot in the magnificent city of Thrissur in Kerala because the picture that I had seen was taken during the festival of Thrissur Pooram. The festival is celebrated to mark the importance of a Nakshatra (star) named Thrissur Pooram.

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  • 1. Celebrate India - Thrissur Pooram FestivalTravel enthusiasts decide where to go next based on descriptions in travel magazines and blogs.A great picture of the destination often triggers in them the impulse to just pack their bags andget going. This is exactly what happened to me when I came across a picture on the internet afew years ago. It showed a long line of royally decorated elephants in some kind of a ceremony.Finally a year later, I set foot in the magnificent city of Thrissur in Keralabecause the picturethat I had seen was taken during the festival of Thrissur Pooram. The festival is celebrated tomark the importance ofa Nakshatra(star)named Thrissur Pooram.Religious ceremonies andfestivals are at the heart ofIndian culture. The ancientcity of Thrissur surroundsthe Vadakkumnathan Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) which is situated right in the centre ofthe city on a hillock. It is believed that the 6 th incarnation ofLord Vishnu, LordParasurama (devotee of Lord Shiva), created the city. It’s no wonder then that this city is calledthe cultural capital of Kerala.The city of Thrissur puts its best foot forward during this festival. The festival is essentially akind of contest between two rival groups. Each group is allowed to bring 15 elephants and arange of fireworks to the festival.The groups scan the whole of Southern India to secure the best elephants for the celebrations.The elephants are then decorated with colourful parasols and head gear. On the day of thefestival, the thundering of percussion instruments fills the air. The finale is a grand display inwhich elephants stand in one line, leaving the crowds spellbound. Behind them, fireworksdazzle the night sky as the two groups try to outdo each other.This festival wins my vote hands down for being the most electrifying celebration of a regionalfestival.
  • 2. I have already set my sights on the next big travel experience and I am busy browsing throughtravel magazines to look for some such place. The minute I hit upon it, you’ll be the first one tofind out.Until then,Ciao!