Thrissur Pooram festival begins

Published on April 24, 2015 12:52:52 PM
The mother of all festivals in Kerala - Thrissur Pooram, held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur town every year, commenced with the hoisting of the traditional flag post on Thursday.

The festival is held in the temple, dedicated to lord Shiva, on the Pooram day of the Malayalam Calendar month of 'Medam' (April). The moon rises with the Pooram star on the Pooram day, which is considered as the auspicious time to conduct the festival.

The idea of the festival was conceived by the Maharaja of erstwhile Cochin, Raja Rama Varma, famously known as Sakthan Thampuran and it is being held since the late eighteenth century. He unified the 10 temples surrounding the Vadakunnathan temple and arranged the celebration of Thrissur Pooram as a mass festival.

The Pooram festival is celebrated by people from across religions with equal vigour and enthusiasm, which a special feature of the festival. Though the festival started on Thursday, its highlight event will be held on April 29, when a parade of more than 50 elephants will take place. Fireworks will also be take place, which will commence on the night of April 28 and continue till April 29.