Feted as the mother of all festivals, Thrissur Pooram is undeniably the most colourful temple festival of Kerala. Percussion meets pomp with elephant parade, fighting deities and pride all make it a spectacle like no other.
It becomes a part of the itinerary of any visitor to Kerala who has seen the Pooram once. Thrissur Pooram. The melam ( traditional temple music)which is played at the festival on musical instruments typical to Kerala,the kudamattam or display of specially decorated umbrellas in varied hues, on elephant backs(30), and the fireworks – all combine to make it a rich and splendid event.
Feted as the mother of all festivals, Thrissur Pooram is undeniably the most colourful temple festival of Kerala. It attracts hoards of devotees and spectators from all parts of the world. Thrissur pooram falls in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). The impressive display thirty richly caparisoned elephants from various neighbouring temples assemble at the Vadakumnathan temple, Thrissur.
Introduced during the reign of the maharaja of Kochi, this festival has only grown in popularity over the years. Perhaps no other festival attracts such a huge crowd. This festival is a exciting ensemble of the exchange of colourful decorative parasols, dazzling fireworks display and the musical feast featuring the traditional percussion instruments and musical ensemble of Kerala that reach a feverish crescendo at the end of the display, driving the crowd into a frenzy.
You would fall for the magical effect of the Panchavadyam- a unique combination of five percussion and wind instruments is something to be experienced at least once in your life time. The stunning fire works display that starts in the early hours of the concluding day is the most attractive feature of the festival. The celebrations would extend till the next day.