Two rows of caparisoned elephants facing each other separated by a sea of humanity is the image that comes to the mind when Thrissur Pooram is mentioned. Thrissur Pooram 2016 date is April 18. The Trichur Puram festival, referred as the Mother of all Poorams, is annually observed in the Malayalam month of Medam (April – May). Poorams are festivals held in Hindu temples in Kerala and the highlights being caparisoned elephants and Panchavadyam – a classical performance of five musical instruments.
On the Thrissur Pooram day, the deities of the temples in and around Thrissur town pay customary visit to the
The most important processions are that of the
Thiruvambadi Shri Krishna Temple and the . Apart from the two major temples, eight minor temples participate in the pooram. It must be noted that Paramekkavu Devi Temple , dedicated to Lord Shiva, remains a spectator during the festival. Vadukumnathan Temple
By noon crowds build in large numbers at Thekkinkadu Maidan (ground) with the `Madathil Varavu' procession of the
. 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. Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple
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 held late in the night. From 2009 onwards the fireworks is environmental friendly with less deafening sound and more of color.
The Thrissur Pooram comes to an end with the farewell ritual of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples at about noon on the next in front of the Vadakkunnathan temple.