Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is the annual temple festival of the town of Thrissur in Kerala, India.
It is one of the most colourful temple festival of Kerala which attracts large masses of devotees and spectators from all parts world and this year I was able to see Thrissur Pooram before my eyes. It was very different and colorful which could make anyone enjoy

Thrissur Pooram is celebrated at the premises of the Vadakkunnathan Temple, situated on a hillock (Thekkinkadu maidan) right in the centre of the city, on the Pooram day in the month of Medom (April-May). This year it was on May 3 & 4.

The most impressive processions are from the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple and the from Paramekkavu temple. Processions of richly caparisoned elephants accompanied by percussion ensembles from various neighbouring temples culminate at the Vadakumnathan temple. The marvellous as well as magical effect of the Panchavadyam, a combination of five percussion and wind instruments is to be felt and enjoyed.

The pooram festival is well known for the magnificent display of fireworks. The climax of the festival is the exhibition of thirty elephants and the famous fireworks at 2.30 am local time.

Hope you enjoyed this strange festival post.!!!!

16 comments:

annie kelleher said...

wow... that must've been truly an amazing sight!!!

Alicia said...

Wow..how colorful! And you got to see this in real life? Awesome!

Liz said...

Sounds like a beautiful festival!

Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow neat!

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful festival and I love the way the elephants are dressed! I've always loved elephants.

SIM said...

Femin, This year I had the oppertunity of seeing the Pooram to its Glory. I'll post the pictures for your friends.

Syd said...

Interesting. I like the elephants too.

fishing guy said...

Susan: What pagentry in the show with all the colorful beauty.

Kathy B! said...

This is wonderful. You are so fortunate to be able to experience these things first hand.

Amazing! Thanks for sharing as I was not even aware of this :)

Willow said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. I liked the photos of the rice paddies!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Thanks for visiting my place! What a fascinating festival! So many beautiful colors! I really enjoyed this! ~Janine

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks like a great festival, Susan. I love seeing all of the colors. Gorgeous!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

why strange?!

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Susan:)

I'm glad that you could see and enjoy the festival. This is a very famous festival of Kerala and people from all over India and even foreigners come to see it.

Somehow, I could not see the festival so far although I am living in Kochi. I hate to go in the crowd.

I enjoyed reading your description of the festival and the lovely photo of decorated elephants. It must have been a real treat to watch the fire works.

Have a lovely day Susan:)
Joseph

venus66 said...

Very interesting.

Q said...

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic festival!
I enjoyed reading all about it too.
Wonderful you were able to attend.
Sherry