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Thrissur Pooram

Talk about Thrissur Pooram and the images that come to mind is that of caparisoned elephants and the panchavadyam – a classical performance of five traditional musical instruments. Thrissur Pooram, the annual temple festival held at Thrissur town in Kerala, attracts thousands of people from India and around the world. In 2017, the date of Thrissur Pooram is May 5.

About Thrissur Pooram The main attraction of Thrissur Pooram festival is the arrival of caparisoned elephants from the surrounding temples to the sprawling ground of VadakumnathanTemple located in the heart of Thrissur city. But VadukumnathanTemple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, only remains as a spectator during the festival. The most important processions are that of the ThiruvambadiShriKrishnaTemple and the ParamekkavuDeviTemple. Apart from the two major temples, eight minor temples participate in the Pooram. More than 30 elephants are paraded by the two major temples.

On the Pooram day, around noon, crowds build in large num…

Words of Wisdom: Swami Suddhananda

Iswara is not the name for a form. It is the name for all the forms. Body demands only food and would be satisfied with any food. The mind would want varieties of food.Everything in the universe is as divine as anything else. The flower in the plant is as divine as the statue in the temple. When you go to the temple what can you offer God? What is that you have which God does not have? Give yourself. Look at the world as a whole and not like how the four blind men saw the elephant.If you want to worship God is one form, see him in one form. If you want to worship him without any form, worship him without any form. Worship God in any form you like, the mother, the father or, baby Krishna. God will never be offended. Only the dogs fight over the bone, the bone never joins the fight.Swami Suddhananda