Thrissur Pooram 2007

The world famous Thrissur Pooram is being celebrated today with all its traditional gusto. This annual festival is held at Thrissur town in Kerala. Poorams are festivals held in Hindu temples in Kerala and the highlights being caparisoned elephants and panchavadyam – a classical performance of five musical instruments.

The Thrissur Pooram festival consists of the arrival of caparisoned elephants from the
surrounding temples to the sprawling ground of Vadakumnathan Temple. The most important processions are that of the Thiruvambadi Krishna Temple and the Paramekkavu Devi Temple. Apart from the two major temples, eight minor temples participate in the pooram. It must be noted that Vadukumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, remains a spectator during the festival.

By noon crowds build in large numbers at Thekkinkadu Maidan (ground) with the `Madathil Varavu' procession of the Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple. The Paramekkavu Devi procession along with the accompaniment of Pandimelam enters the Vadakkunnathan temple. The scintillating and highly appreciated ‘Elanjithara melam’ (a classic performance of musical instruments) begins when the procession reaches the elanji tree inside the temple compound.

The excitement reaches its zenith when the processions of the Thiruvambady Shri Krishna and Paramekkavu Devi temples face each other at the Thekkegopura Nada area. The `kudamattom' session held here is the highlight of the Thrissur Pooram. In the ‘kudamattom’, the two sides engage in a competitive display of colorful umbrellas of various designs.

The famous fireworks display is scheduled for Saturday early morning. The Pooram will come to an end with the farewell ritual of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples at about noon on Saturday in front of the Vadakkunnathan temple.

This year local and national television channels are showing great interest in the Thrissur Pooram. Local channels like Asianet News, People, Kairali and Manorama News are showing the Thrissur Pooram live.

It must be noted that this year’s Pooram is taking place after several legal battles over parading elephants and fireworks.