Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple is located in the east side of Swaraj round in Thrissur. The temple is pretty old, there are no records for how much old the temple is. This is one of the main participating temples in Thrissur Pooram.
The story behind the temple – a Karanavar (an elder member) of Kuruppal family, who goes monthly to visit the Bhagavathy at Thirumandhamkunnu temple (in Angadipuram, Malappuram) – when he got old and felt that he won’t able to come to worship the bhavathy due to his old age, he prayed with his whole heart on his last visit there. The legend is that the goddess came with him by sitting on his umbrella. On his way home, he stopped to rest at Vadakkumnathan temple under the Ilanji tree. After resting he found that his umbrella was firmly fixed on the ground. So a Devaprasnam was done by astrologers who concluded that there was a presence of chaitanya or divinity of goddess at that site. The Karanavar decided to worship the Goddess there itself. After the consecration of the Vadakkumnathan temple, the chaitanya or divinity of the Goddess was transferred to the present location of the temple under a Paro tree. This became to be known as Parokkavu Bhagavathy, which later became Paramekkavu Bhagavathy. Still the tradition during Thrissur pooram where the famous Ilanji Thara Melam is done to honor the divine presence of the Bhagavathy.
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.
This year we weren’t even be sure that there would be fireworks, but when the word came out that there would be fireworks, people came out to see the sample fireworks in 3rd May 2017 evening. It started a bit late. Thiruvambady started first, theirs was brief but colorful. Then Paramekkavu side started the fireworks – theirs was really good, lot of color at the start, but towards the end it was powerful enough to please everyone present.
Below are some of the pictures or photos of Thrissur Pooram Sample Fireworks.
Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located in Perumbillissery, near Cherpu in Thrissur district, Kerala. The diety Sastha (The deity is Lord Ayyappan in standing posture with arch and a bow), is considered as one who gives knowledge. This temple is very famous as the place where you can get knowledge and wisdom. Every Vijayadasami (Tenth day of Navarathri) day thousands of little children learn their first alphabets at this temple. Even on the other days children brought here and are allowed to start their way to education at this temple. The photos or pictures below were taken during the Vishu Pooram on 14th April 2017.
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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