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Thrissur Pooram & Elephant Fesitaval

June 12, 2008

I heave heard of the Thrissur ‘Pooram’. The word ‘Pooram’ means a festival conducted in high spirit. Since I was in Kerala during this time, I decided to witness the pooram and especially the elephant festival conducted as aprt of the pooram.
Thrissur Pooram -considered to be a people’s festival is held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan outside the Vadakkunathan Temple in the Malayali month of Medam (April-May). So one has to visit kerala during this time to see the ‘Pooram’ festival.
How to Reach.  From Ernakulam (kochi), Thrissur is  one hour drive on the National hightway NH47. There are large number of buses plying between Eranakulam & Thrissur. It is also possible to catch a Train from Ernakulam to Thrissur. All trains travelling North – Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderbad, Delhi etc pass through Thrissur. I started by the Kerala State Transport Corporation (KSRTC) Bus in the Morning. I reached Thrissur around 9AM in the morning. Took an Autoriksha to the Thekincadu Maithanam.
At Pooram Maidan.
Already the place was brisk with actvity and thousands gathered. The elephant Fesitval was in progress.
There  were beautifully caparisoned elephants in two processions representing the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu temples, two famous temples of Thrissur. The faithduls are divided or represent one of these temples. They compete each other in the splendour of the Elephants festival display to create impressive sights and sounds. The celebration had started in the early hours of the dawn and continue till the break of the next day. Each group had lined up fifteen elephants each and extensive efforts are made by each party to insure the best elephants of South India and the most colourful and artistic cloaks, several kinds of which are raised on the elephants during the display. The commissioning of elephants and parasols is done while maintaining an utmost secrecy by each party to surpass the other. The mammoths decorated with gold ornaments, each ridden with three priests, are a splendid sight to behold. We can see the elephants stand still for long, ears flapping nonchalantly.
Soon a magnificent work of fireplay will enchanted as hundreds of cylindrical drums of the Chenda Melam orchestra rise to a deafning crescendo. The procession of the Thiruvambadi Pooram to the grounds of Vadakkunnatha Temple and back was not only fascinating, but much more than that. The magical euphony of the ‘Panchavadyam’, a combination of five percussion and wind instruments, was a real a joy to the ears, that is to be felt to be described. The revelry continues all night with the Vadakkunathan Temple act as a backdrop in a blaze of coloured lights.
I left the place by evening and returned to Kochi by a train.