THRISSUR POORAM FESTIVAL APRIL 21, 2013
By María del Mar Pérez | April 9, 2013
“THE POORAM OF ALL POORAMS”
Thrissur pooram, one of the most popular temple festivals of the South Indian state Kerala, dates back to 1798, when the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin Sakthan Thampuran unified the 10 temples situated around Vadakkunnathan Temple and organised the celebration of Thrissur Pooram as a mass festival.
Thrissur Pooram is commonly known as “the pooram of all poorams”. It is celebrated every year in April month according to Malayalam calendar, at Vadakkumnathan temple. Pooram’ day is the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star.
It´s believed that every year the gods and goddesses nearby the temple come together for celebration at this time of the year.
A huge mass of people from different places gathers together in a 36 hours continuous program at Thiruvampadi and Paramekkavu temples.
One of the foremost events in Thrissur Pooram is “Madathil varavu”, where more than 200 artists take part playing different instruments.
Just two days before pooram, there is a huge exhibition of ornamented elephants, known as Ana chamaya pradharshana.
At the end of the pooram, after the Ilanjithara melam, both Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi groups go into the temple through the western gate and come out through the southern gate and arrange themselves, face to face in distant places. The two groups in the presence of melam, exchange colourful and crafted umbrellas competitively at the top of the elephants, called Kudamattom; attractive attraction of the pooram.
Next day, impressive fireworks shine in the sky early in the morning after the pooram, where the two temples competitively crack innovative and stunning fireworks.
This pooram festival differs from other national festivals in the sense that this pooram upholds communal harmony and all people from different religions take hands for the success of pooram.