Pooram festival concludes on a grand note

Published on May 01, 2015 01:40:40 AM
Spiritual
Thousands of people on Wednesday converged here in the cultural hub of Kerala to celebrate the grand finale of the nearly week-long Thrissur Pooram festival, an annual temple festival and one of the biggest of its kind in the state.

Celebrated every year in the month of 'Medam' (April-May) as per the Malayalam calendar, the festival was introduced by King Sakthan Thampuran of the erstwhile Kochi state in the late 18th century.

The participating temples include the Vadakunnathan temple, the Krishna temple at Thiruvambadi and the Devi temple at Paramekkavu. Another breathtaking event is the Panchavadyam, in which about 250 artistes playing the thimila, maddalam, trumpet, cymbal and edakka take part.

Another 250 artistes take part in the Pandemelam with drums, trumpets, pipes and cymbals. The most visually rich and the most keenly awaited part of the event are the decked-up elephants, known as 'Aana Chamayal pradarsanam'. Another spectacular show is 'Kudamattom' in which parasols of myriad designs and colours are exchanged by the people atop the elephants.