Arattupuzha Pooram

The famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 km south of Thrissur town of Kerala. This festival is the oldest and most extravagant of all the poorams celebrated in Kerala. It is believed that on this day a hundred and one gods and goddesses of the neighboring villages visited Sree Ayyappan, the presiding deity of the Arattupuzha Temple. Even today, 61 elephants feature in the Pooram procession on the sixth day of the seven day festival. Panchavadyam, Nadaswaram, Pacharimelam and Pandimelam add to the festive tempo. The elephant carries the images of the deities of neighboring temples to this village. All the buildings of the town were beautifully illuminated by strings of colorful bulbs. The dazzling fire works amaze the onlookers with the beauty of sparks which are like jewels embellished in the darkness of night. The festival falls in March/April, attracts spectators from all parts of the state.