Thrissur Pooram

Pooram is the most colorful temple festivals of Kerala and Thrissur Pooram considered to be the mother of all Poorams in Kerala, is celebrated at Thrissur, cultural capital of Kerala at Vadakkumnathan temple in the month of Medam (April). Thousands of people from all walks of life gather at the Thekkinkadu Maidanam at Thrissur to celebrate the festival.

Thrissur town plays host for long 36 hours of the pooram, to one of the largest group of people and fifty plus elephants. The Pooram program begins with the ezhunellippu of the Kanimangalam Shasta in the morning followed by the ezhunnellippu of the other six minor temples on the Pooram Day. The ezhunnellippu is a custom that signifies the visit of Devi from the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples to the Vadakkunnathan temple.

A major event of the Pooram festival is the Panchavadyam in which about 200 artistes from the disciplines of Thimila, Maddalam, Trumpet, Cymbal and Edakka participate. The two Devaswams - Thiruvampadi and Paramekkavu, explore and exploit every source at their command to make this annual festival a memorable one. Elephant procession (Kudamattom) is the major attraction of this festival, which witnesses the participation of elephants from various temples of Kerala. Apart from this splendid procession, other attractions of Thrissur Pooram festival include a spectacular display of colorful fireworks, parasol exchanges, an umbrella showing competition, display of pyro-techniques, and drum concerts.

The most striking feature of the Thrissur Pooram is its very secular nature. The Muslim and Christian Communities actively take part in it and they play a very prominent role in the very conduct of the festival.