From Sabarimala to Indian army, colourful parasols add glamour to Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur: Thrissur Pooram, the world’s biggest cultural extravaganza, allured lakhs of people especially pooram lovers to Thrissur on Monday. Colourful parasols were displayed in Kudamattam ceremony, the most popular event in pooram. Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples had a tough competition in Kudamattaom ceremony as both teams displayed special umbrellas in different themes.
Sabarimala and Indian army were the two special umbrellas at the event. Kathakali faces, step umbrellas, LED light umbrellas and various designs glittered in the Kudamattam. Special umbrella featuring micky mouse surprised children.
When both temples changed the parasols pooram enthusiasm was at its peak for the spectators.
Kudamattam commenced after Ilanjithara melam and the ceremony in which procession of Paramekkavu Bhagavathy left Vadakkumnathan temple through south door around 5.30 on Monday evening. ‘Kudamattam', the change of colourful ornamental silk parasols in quick succession by people mounted atop the elephants, enthralled the spectators. Paramekkavu temple and Thiruvambady temple lined up 15 elephants face to face at south entrance of the temple for Kudamattam.
Percussion maestro Peruvanam Kuttan Marar led the Ilanjithara melam at west gate of the temple and the performance concluded around 4.30 in the evening. Ilanjithara Melam is known as the largest percussion assembly in the world. Paramekkavu temple holds the melam every year. It is for the 21st time Peruvanam Kuttan Marar is leading the popular percussion programme.
Ilanjithara where the melam is performed is believed to be the place of Paramekkavu Bhagavathy.
Madathil Varavu ceremony with the delightful Panchavadyam held at Brahmaswam Madam prior to Ilanjithara Melam. Kongad Madhu led the Panchavadyam during the ceremony. Over hundreds of people gathered to enjoy the panchavadyam.
Following the kudamattam, the popular fireworks were displayed in the wee hours on Tuesday.
Thrissur Pooram will conclude with Pakal Pooram on Tuesday. During Pakal Pooram, Upacharam Chollal ceremony will mark the official culmination of the pooram festivities. Elephants carrying the idols of Paramekkavu Bhagavathy and Thiruvambady Bhagavathy will take part in the ceremony.
Like pooram day, large number of people will arrive to enjoy the ‘pakal pooram’ too.