Thrissur Pooram Festival and How it is Celebrated
Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu temple festival which is celebrated in Kerala.
Thrissur is a city situated in the center of Kerala state which is also known as “cultural capital” of Kerala.
The name of the city Thrissur is derived from “Thiru-Shiva-Perur”, which literally translates to “The city of the Sacred Siva.
In ancient days, Thrissur was known as Vrishabhadripuram as well as Kailasam (Mount Kailas, the abode of Lord Siva in South).
Every year the festival is celebrated at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur on the Pooram day.
Pooram day is the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar in the month of Medam.
It is believed that, Thrissur Pooram is a grand assembly of all the Gods and Goddesses in and around Thrissur and also that all these Gods and Goddesses visit the Vadakkunnathan Temple premises.
All the Gods and Goddesses visit the temple on decorated elephants accompanied by grand ensembles of Chenda melam and panchavadyam.
There are overall ten participants of the Pooram: Thiruvambady Bhagavathi and Paramekkavu Bhagavathi, Nethilakkavu Bhagavathi, Karamukku Bhagavathi, Ayyanthole Bhagavathi, Laloor Bhagavathi, Choorakkattukavu Bhagavathi, Chembukkavu Bhagavathi, Panamukkumpally Sastha, Kanimangalam Sastha.
The processions and rituals of each of these Gods and Goddesses are followed very strictly.
All the rituals are planned in such a way that the pace of the Pooram celebrations is maintained for 36 hrs non-stop with full enthusiasm and without any loss of energy.