Thrissur Pooram Elephants Festival
When: 28th April. 2015
Where: Thrissur, Kerala, India
India is the land of festivals, there are plenty of festivals celebrated across the nation. In Southern part of India, in the state of Kerala there is one such most popular festival called Thrissur Pooram Festival. Thrissur is the central part of Kerala, located at 55 Km. away from Cochin now named as Kochi which has an international airport and is also well connected with other major towns of India by railway.
It was Raja Ravi Varma who started this festival in 1798. He and his friends were denied entry into a festival, as they arrived late. This is also known as the Thrissur Pooram Elephants festival, which is celebrated in the Malayalam month “Medom” which normally falls in April to May as per English calendar.
The entire town of Thrissur comes to life during the festivals. This festival has a glorious tradition of more than 200 years. In this festival the main attraction is elephants, the elephants are painted beautifully and well decorated with golden dresses and decorative bells and various ornaments. There are also peacock feathers and palm leaves used in decorations. There are folk dances and drums beating known as panchavadyam.
The celebrations start at three in the early morning with stellar fireworks and is done for three hours, which is indeed a visual treat. There are 30 elephants, which are divided into two groups of 15 elephants each, the mahouts the elephant riders carry decorative ornate parasols on tall bamboo poles in the procession which leads to the Vadakkunathan Temple.
The main Pooram festival starts with hectic activities in almost all temples in Thrissur. Folk dancing and fireworks that starts from the fourth night at three in the morning and burst for three hours, form the major attractions of the festival. The exhibition of decorations and ornaments is another visual fest in this.
All the participant Poorams are divided into two parts, namely Paramekkavu side and the other is called as Thiruvambady side. There are different deities in each side like the Paramekkavu side has Pookattikkara- karamukku Bhagavathi, choorakattukara Bhagavathi, Chempukkavu Bhagavathi and Panemukkumpilly Sastha. Whereas the The other side Thiruvambady side includes Ayyanthole Bhagavathy, Nethilakkuvu Bhagavathy, Laloor Bhagavathy and Kaimangalam Sastha.
Kerala is the state where there are many festivals, and the state has rich festivals and cultural background. The Pooram festival is unique with the inclusion of elephants. People collect to see the well decorated elephants and the ornaments and if one wants to see these elephants on other days,it is at Aanayoottu which is the feeding of the elephants, the largest event held at vadakkunathan Temple.