Once seen many of the oversea’s visitors to Kerala schedule their next visit to coincide with Thrissur Pooram in the month of May. The Pooram venue is in the heart of Thrissur town and in the precincts of Vadakkumnathan Temple. The festivity is sponsored by two prominent temples in the city – Thiruvampady and Paramekavu. Vadakkumnathan temple has no part to play in the festivity. The sponsoring temples conduct the festivity at their own cost as an offering to the deity in Vadakkumnathan.
All the communities make efforts to make the Pooram a grand success and contribute liberally – a grand example of communal amity.
Thrissur Pooram is known as the Pooram of Poorams in Kerala. Each temple will parade 15 beautifully caparisoned pachyderms, the tallest and well-figured available in Kerala. The elephants decorated with gold covered ornaments, each carrying three priests, is a sight to cherish for ever. Both the temples compete to excel in terms of visual effect, drum orchestrations, performance and fireworks. Hundreds of temple orchestra and music instruments, the type of which is seen only in Kerala, get played by expert artists in the field.
In the evening a friendly competition sphere headed on the back of elephants takes place. Hundreds of colourful, hand worked and long handled umbrellas will put on in quick succession. Each side will try to outsmart the other with new types of umbrellas amidst the cheering of thousands and thousands of spectators and high pitched orchestra flowing from hundreds of instruments.
Major fireworks competition starts at 3 am and finishes at 6 am. The fireworks will dominate the sky and its echo will be felt as far away as 60 km.
Many traditional art forms such as Kathakali, Koodiyattam, mohiniyattam and other more obscure ritual forms feature prominently in the pooram.