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The Thrissur Pooram - Feast for the Eyes and Ears


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The Thrissur Pooram is truly an immersive experience and a must for South India Tours!

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The Thrissur Pooram - Feast for the Eyes and Ears

  1. 1. The Thrissur Pooram - Feast for the Eyes and Ears A temple festival beyond the imagination- the synchronised beats of the chenda (the traditional drums), rows of bedecked elephants, the breathtaking fireworks and thronging people all caught up in the swell of the moment, the Thrissur Pooram in Kerala never fails to enthral and remains a highlight for tourist places in India. Every year, at the rise of the moon with the pooram star or the ‘pooram’ day of the Malayalam calendar, the temple festival is held at the Vadakkunathan Temple at Thrissur, in Kerala, South India. The pooram is a point that is included in all South India Tours. History has it that the festival began in 1798 when neighbouring temples who regularly participated in the Arattupuzha Temple were delayed due to incessant rain one year. They were forbidden to participate that year and were turned back. Incensed by the incident the temples took their grievance to the Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin. He unified the 10 temples surrounding the Vadakkunathan Temple to pay obeisance along with their deities to the presiding deity Shiva or Lord Vadakkunathan and created the Thrissur pooram. He organised them into two groups, the Eastern Group and the Western Group and chalked out the programs for each. The Eastern Group is called the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and the Eastern Group is called the Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple. The Pooram goes on for seven days at the Thekkinkadu Maidan in front of the temple. It begins with the kodiyettam or flag hoisting on the first day. The highlights of the festival are the fireworks or Vedikkettu, by both groups, in vying with each other for variety and ingenuity. The sample vedikkettu is held on the fourth day at the Swaraj Round and begins at 7.15 pm. The final fireworks are held on the final day at 3 am and goes on till dawn at 6am. Tourists visiting India make this a must-do in their itinerary of tourist places in South India.
  2. 2. There is a public display of the caparisons used on the pageant of 30 elephants by both groups of devaswoms. There is stiff competition between the devaswoms for gaiety, color and innovation in the costumes as well. On display will be the golden caparisons (nettipattom), the elephant accoutrements (chamayam), ormamental fan made of peacock feathers (alavattom), and the royal fan (venchamaram). Sacred bells and decorative umbrellas (muthukuda) are also on display. During the pooram the kudamattom or the synchronised movements with these decorated parasols are a sight to behold. Most Kerala tourism packages include this in their tour packages or Kerala holiday plans.
  3. 3. The illanjithara melam or the percussion of more than two hundred and fifty percussionists fill the air with their rhythm for miles around. The drums are accompanied by other traditional instruments like the kuzhal, kombu, and the elathalam, each making a unique sound of its own. The chief percussionists are always chosen from traditional families and hold their positions for many years. Peruvanam Kuttan Marar heads the Paramekavu side and Kizhakootu Aniyan Marar heads the Thiruvambadi side. The Thrissur pooram is a must-do on the list of every tourist visting kerala in the summer months. The Malayalam months tend to change according to the calendar every year, hence tourists have to check with local authorites for final dates. Thrissur is located 58 kms from Cochin International Airport and is also well connected by a railway station and bus services. The Thrissur pooram is scheduled to be held on 9th May in 2014 and on 28th April, in 2015 The Thrissur Pooram is truly an immersive experience and a must for South India Tours!
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