Annual Temple Festival
Thrissur Pooram is the most colourful of all the temple festivals of Kerala, India. It is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year on the Pooram day – the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam. It is the largest and most famous of all Poorams.
Pooram is a magnificent spectacle with night long fireworks, colourful ‘Kudamattom’ (exchange of different types of parasols), the famous ‘Elanjithara Melam’ and a splendid elephant procession. The best elephants from the various temples in Kerala are send to Trichur to participate in the grand eight day Pooram Festival.
The celebration on the final day commences in the morning with a procession of fifteen elephants marching from Thiruvambadi temple nearby to the Vadukunnathan temple. The main elephant of the group carries the idol of Lord Krishna. At the same time another group of 15 elephants, will start from Paramekavu Bhagavathy temple. The leader of this group will carry the idol of the goddess. This group of thirty decorated elephants stand facing each other in two rows in the Tekkinkadu maidan, the venue of the festival while drums and Nadaswarams (a flute like instrument) create a crescendo of music.
Thrissur is festival-central for Kerala
Kerala is one of the more festival-oriented parts of India and this cultural capital is the epicenter. Other festivals you might want to consider include Puli Kali, also known as Kavakali. The harvest festival of Onam allows you to see trained artists entertaining the large crowds. This multi-religious city also has big celebrations around Christmas, Easter, Eid, and Vishu. If you want to see elephants during non-Pooram season, check out Aanayoottu (feeding of elephants) which is the largest elephant feeding ceremony in the world held at the Vadakkunathan Temple.
Nearest railway station: Thrissur, about a kilometer away.
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur.