Thrissur Pooram is the most colourful and spectacular
temple festival in Kerala.
Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of erstwhile Kochi
state, introduced this festival. It is Celebrated
in Medom (April-May) and the fulgent faces of Kerala
Thrissur Pooram is held at Thekinkadu
Maidan at Thrissur. Pageant of 30 caparisoned
elephants assembled in the precincts of the Vadakumnathan
temple. The nearby Paramekavu and Thiruvambadi temples
are also participants in the festival. Kudamattam,
changing of colourful umbralla from hands to hands,
Chendamelain (kind of drums) Panchavadyam (five typical
instruments) are performed/played).
The Pooram festival is also well known for the magnificent
display of fireworks called ‘Pooram
Vedikkettu’. Two groups representing
the two divisions of Thrissur Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi
compete each other in making the display of fireworks
grander and more colourful.
Each group is allowed to display a maximum of fifteen
elephants and all efforts are made by each party to
secure the best with every passing year Thrissur Pooram,
attracts large masses of devotees and spectators.
Arattupuzha Temple, about 14 km from Thrissur.In the
spectacular 'Arattupuzha Pooram' about sixty-one elephants
take part in the 'Pooram pageantry' accompanied by temple
Chinakathoor pooram is held annually at the Sree Chinakkathoor
Bhagavathy Temple, Palappuram in the district of Palakkad
in North Kerala festival include a grand procession
of 33 elephants in the evening.The Panchavadyam or the
traditional temple orchestra and various art forms like
Vellattu, Theyyam, Poothanum thirayum, Kaalavela, Kuthiravela,
Aandi Vedan, Karivela, and so on are performed.
Annual seven days Pooram at Pariyanampetta Bhagavathy
Temple, Kattukulam 40 km away from Palakkad is celbrated
The Uthralikkavu Pooram, is one of the most important
festivals of central Kerala. This festival is dedicated
to Goddess Kali, and is celebrated at the Sree Ruthira
Mahakalikavu Temple in Vadakkancherry in the district
of Thrissur, usually in the month of February.