District collector rejects plea seeking permission to parade one elephant for Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur: The district collector has rejected the request from Paramekkavu devaswom seeking permission to parade one elephant for Thrissur Pooram amid the coronavirus outbreak. In the request, the devaswom has sought permission to carry out the popular temple festival with a single elephant and five people. Earlier, the district authority and devaswom committees have decided to conduct only the necessary rituals on the Pooram day which falls on May 3 and avoid all extravagances including elephants' parade.
At the same time, S Shanavas, the Thrissur district collector informed that a written request from Paramekkavu devaswom was not received in this regard. He noted that the district authority will not grant permission to parade elephant on Thrissur Pooram day.
“The decision on Thrissur Pooram has been already taken. There will be no change in it,” added the district collector.
It is reported that Paramekkavu Devaswom has sought permission from the district authority to parade single elephant with the participation of five people on the Pooram day. They also assured that restrictions over lockdown will be strictly followed without any failure.
At the same time, a decision to call off the Thrissur Pooram completely was taken in a meeting of ministers and devaswom committee members. Meanwhile, the government has granted permission to Thiruvambady and Paramekakvu temples to carry out ‘Kodiyettam’ ahead of the Pooram. Only five people including the priests were allowed to attend the ‘Kodiyettam’ ceremony. Following this, Paramekkavu devaswom approached the district collector with more demands related to the Thrissur Pooram.