Kerala’s most spectacular elephant and fireworks festival ‘Thrissur Pooram’ commonly called the pooram of all poorams.It is celebrated at Vadakkumnathan temple every year in the malayalam calender month of Medam (April). The Vadakkumnathan temple is one of the most famous Lord Shiva temple in Kerala, situated in Thekkinkadu maidhanam, a centre heart of the city, Thrissur. It is a 36 hours continuous event attracting thousands of pooram fans across the country, this festival is also the biggest attractive event for the international tourists.Thiruvampadi and Paramekkavu are the two major temples to make the festival a
The pooram starts at the time of Kanimangalam sasthavu ezhunnellippu and followed by the visit of the Devi from the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples to the Vadakkunnathan and other temples ezhunnellippu.
A major event in pooram is Madathil varavu- is a panchavadhyam melam, participating more than 200 artists, consists of thimila, taddalam, trumpet, cymbal and edakka. At 2′O clock, the famous Ilanjithara melam starts, in which scores of artists playing drums, pipes and cymbals. After the Ilanjithara melam, both Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi temples groups enter the Vadakkumnathan temple through the western gate and come out through the southern gate and laid in face to face in distant places. Two groups exchange colourful umbrellas competitively at the top of the elephants called Kudamattom. Next day early morning, at 3′ 0 Clock the night spectacular display of fireworks begins and it lasts till the morning.
Schedule of Thrissur Pooram – April 21 2013
Thrissur Pooram 2013 Kodiyettam – April 15 Monday
Sample fireworks April 19 Friday 7:00 PM
Thrissur Pooram 2013 – April 21 Sunday
Madathil varau – 21st April, 2013 at 11.00am
Elanjithara Melam – 21st April, 2013 at 2.30pm
Kudamattam – 5:30 pm
Fireworks – 22nd April, 2013 at 3:00am