History, Significance, Celebrations & All About Kerala’s Biggest Temple Festival

The Thrissur Pooram festival is held in Thrissur and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country every year. (Image: photo from PTI file)

Thrissur Pooram is a seven day festival. The center of attraction includes folk dancing, elephant parade, fireworks and panchavadyam (local translation for rhythmic drum beats)

THRISSUR POORAM 2022: Thrissur Pooram is one of the biggest festivals in Kerala. It is a Hindu temple festival held at various temples in the state, although the center of attraction is Vadakkunnathan Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva where people come to pay their respects on this occasion. Thrissur Pooram will be celebrated today May 10th. This mega festival is held in Thrissur and attracts thousands of visitors from across the country every year.

Thrissur Pooram Celebrations

Thrissur Pooram is a colorful seven-day festival celebrated with fervor and pomp. The center of attraction of this festival includes folk dance, elephant parade, fireworks and panchavadyam (local translation for rhythmic drum beats).

Even though Thrissur Pooram is a Hindu festival, it welcomes people from all castes, religions and places. It is celebrated in the Medam month of the Malayalam calendar, which falls between April and May of the English calendar.

Thrissur Pooram: History and Significance

The festival was started by Raja Rama Varma, Maharaja of Cochin Sakthan Thampuran in 1798. Prior to that, there was a one-day festival at Arattupuzha Pooram Temple where participants once arrived late due to heavy rains and were then denied entry. The people went to Raja Rama Varma who ensured that the ten temples around Vadakkunnathan temple united and started Thrissur Pooram.

Vadakkunnathan temple is known to be the center of all temples. The emperor created two sects of the temple, which were the eastern group and the western group. Thrissur Pooram is now so well known that it is on the international tourist calendar.

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