Thrissur Pooram, referred to as the ‘Mother of all temple festivals in Kerala’ has been held in all its traditional glory with spectators witnessing the spectacle amid tight security.
The parade and face-to-face meeting of 30 richly caparisoned elephants — 15 each from the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples — besides ‘kudamattam’, change of colourful ornamental silk parasols in quick succession by people mounted atop it, offered a great visual treat to the spectators.
Spectators including foreigners had gathered at the Thekkinkadu ground to witness the spectacle.
‘Panchavadyam’ and ‘Pandimelam’ , the music ensembles in front of elephants by the percussionists and the display of ‘nettipattams’, the golden caparisons, ‘venchamaram’, the ornamental fan made of peacock feathers and ‘muthukkuda’, the beautiful decorative umbrellas enthralled the viewers.
Oscar winner, sound recordist Rasool Pookutty was also present at the pooram grounds with his team to capture the sounds of the grand spectacle for the visually challenged.
“This is a unique experience. The sound and energy of the festival is amazing. Our effort is to make a treat for the visually challenged. More than 10 sound crew members are there in the area to record the sounds,” he said.
Besides the main ‘poorams’ of the two temples namely — Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady, small ‘poorams’ from nearby temples converged at the sanctum sanctorum of the popular Vadakkunnathan temple.
The pooram came to an end with fireworks in the wee hours of Saturday, marking the grand finale of the festivities.