Thrissur Pooram is perhaps one of the largest and most spectacular poorams in Kerala. It was started in 1798 by Raja Rama Varma or Sakthan Thampuran. This happened when Temples from around Thrissur was denied access to the Arattupuzha Pooram when they came late due to heavy rains. Sakthan Thampuran put the temples into two groups “Paramekkavu side” and “Thiruvambady side”.
The Thiruvambadi side consists of Thiruvambady Sri Krishna Temple, Kanimangalam Sastha Temple, Laloor Bhagavathy Temple, Sree Karthyayani Temple at Ayyanthole and Nethilakkavu Baghavathy Temple. The Paramekkavu side consists of Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple, Chembukkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple, Choorakkottukavu Bhagavathy Temple and Pookattikkara – Karamukku Baghavathy Temple.
This is a 36 hour long festival and if you haven’t seen Thrissur Pooram, please put this in your bucket list.
Below are some of the pictures or photos of Thrissur Pooram.
Arattupuzha Pooram takes place in Arattupuzha Sree Sastha/Shasta Temple, which is considerd to be more than 3000 years old. To reach Arattupuzha temple, from Thrissur go to the Irinjalakuda route. This pooram is considered one of the oldest pooram festivals in India. Arattupuzha Pooram is known as Devamela or devasangamam, where all 33 crore gods and goddesses assemble at Arattupuzha. The pooram starts in the evening and ends the next day. It starts with Arattupuzha shasta coming out of the temple in a procession accompanied by 15 decorated elephants. As many as 250 percussionists performs panchari melam. This is known as Sasthavinte Melam. After this ceremony, the deity took position at a stand named Nilapaduthara and then the elephants that are carrying deities from nearby shrines or temples comes towards the temple and have their own melams. With the arrival of the Thriprayar Thevar, Koottiyezhunnallippu will start where nearly 80 decorated elephants stood side by side. The holy bath or aarattu of the deities taking part in the fest will be held at Mandarakadavu. It is a ceremonial cleansing process in which the idol is immersed in the river and is accompanied by the chanting of mantras and floral offerings. The idol of Sasthavu, the presiding deity of the Sree Sastha Temple at Arattupuzha is the last to undergo the arattu. The idols are then taken to their respective temples after the arattu ceremony.
The following are some of the photos or pictures taking during this festival. Continue reading →
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Arattupuzha Tharakkal Pooram happens in the evening the day before the famous Arattupuzha Pooram. To reach Arattupuzha temple, from Thrissur go to the Irinjalakuda route. This pooram meant for the local people, also attracts a huge number of people. Arattupuzha Sastha leads the elephant procession along with Pandi Melam. You can also see the procession of Thottippal Bhagavathy is in the accompaniment of Panchavadyam on the opposite side, in the end Oorakathammathiruvady also arrives.
Pidikkaparambu Mahadeva Temple is located in Vallachira Panchayat in Thrissur dist. You can reach here from Thrissur either travelling via the Irinjalakuda road or from Ollur side. This pooram is part of the famous Arattupuzha pooram. This is a night pooram and it starts rather late in the night. Have your dinner and head to this place – make sure you reach there by around 9:30 pm, so that you can participate in the Arattu in the pond by the temple. As all poorams associated with the Arattupuzha pooram, this pooram is not for the fireworks spectacle, rather its for the melam. If you love melam, be sure to go to this pooram.
Here are some of the photos or pictures of the Pidikkaparambu Pooram taken on 6th April 2017.