Named as “the most spectacular festival event in the planet” by the UNESCO, Thrissur Pooram called the pooram of all the poorams, is the biggest festival held in the state of Kerala. It is celebrated on the month of “medam” (mid April to mid May) according to the Malayalam Calendar. Thrissur Vadakkunathan Temple is the host temple where the festival is takes place but the pooram is conducted by two other temples, Paramekkavu Bhagavathy and Thiruvambadi Bhagavathy forming the western and eastern group respectively with the presence of other small temples. The two temples conduct the festival in a competitive manner, thus making the festival a grand affair. The festival is well known for its magnificent display of fireworks.
Thrissur Pooram Events
The main events of the pooram (festival) are:
Madhathil Varayu by Thiruvambady Temple: More than 200 artists participate together and play multiple musical instruments (such as Trumpet, cymbal and other traditional instruments) in harmony. They create a feast of exotic and exquisite music.
Ilanjithara melam by Paramekkavu Temple: Another set of harmonic music, the IIanjithara melam, is played inside the Vadakkunathan temple. The instruments used in this melam are drums, trumpets, pipes and cymbals.
Kudamattam: In this event representives of the temples take part. They exchange colourful and crafted umbrellas, sitting on top of the elephants. More than 50 elephants are used in this festival and they are decorated with decorative golden headdresses, decorative bells, ornaments and umbrellas. The whole procession is a spectacular event of the festival.
Vedikkettu: is a breathtaking display of fireworks. It is held in the early morning after the festival, around the local timing of 2:00 AM. The two temples with their competitive nature burst many innovative and attractive fireworks. The display is a treat to the eyes.