The cultural capital of Kerala is in its full festive spirit to celebrate Thrissur Pooram, the festival of all temple festivals in all its glory, fun and noise.
Thrissur Pooram, popularly known as ‘the mother of all poorams’ is a huge crowd-puller with splendid display of caparisoned elephants, dazzling parasols, traditional percussion ensembles and fireworks which began this morning at the Thekinkadu Maidan of Sree Vadakkunnathan temple in the heart of the city.
As the last minute hitch is over in the conduct of fireworks with few restrictions by the explosive department, it is assured that the display will mesmerize the spectators and a large number of people have already started thronging in the city to enjoy the grand festival.
The festival sports an enthralling line-up of vibrantly decked up elephants and is marked by the Kudamattom ceremony which involves swift and rhythmic changing of brightly coloured and sequined parasols. The Kudamattom ceremony is one of the major highlight of the event.
Another main attraction is the Ilanjithara Melam, a highly bewitching performance of traditional instruments which lifts the spectators gathered to a state of ultimate bliss.
The 30-hour-long ceremonies began early today with the arrival of smaller processions of elephants from the nearby eight temples. Karumukku Bhagavathy, Neithilakkavu Bhagavathy, Lalur Bhagavathy, Panamukkampalli Sastha, Choorakkottukavu Durga, Ayyanthole Devi and Chembukkavu Devi are the participating deities of Thrissur Pooram. All these deities will be taken to Sree Vadakkunnathan temple on caparisoned tuskers.
The main organisers of the Thrissur Pooram are the Paramekavu and Thiruvambadi Devaswoms. The idols of participating temples are being taken out in processions to Thekinkadu Maidan, which is regarded as a symbolic meeting of gods and goddesses on the abode of Sree Vadakkunnathan.
The festival is being conducted adhering to all rules and regulations in the light of the fireworks tragedy in Kollam which claimed 113 lives last year.
Around 250 renowned artistes participate in the traditional orchestra led by chenda artistes and the spirit is mirrored by the spectators who wave their hands in accordance to the rhythm generated by the chenda, kurumkuzhal, kombu and elathalam (traditional instruments of Kerala). The finale is marked by a grand fireworks show.