Spectacular fireworks marks end of Thrissur Pooram; thousands throng at festival ground
Thrissur: A colorful display of fireworks in the wee hours today marked the conclusion of yet another edition of the Thrissur Pooram, considered as the mother of all temple festivals, here today. Traditional pomp and glory and the whopping participation of festival buffs including foreigners marked the grand finale of the Pooram festivities.
The conduct of fireworks was in a state of confusion till the eleventh hour as the permission of district collector was granted in the last minute. Six persons were injured during sample fireworks, and the authorities staged an inspection to find any illegal collection of banned substances.
However, nothing was found during the check and the collector allowed to start fireworks. Compared to previous years, the fireworks include less items, but the Devaswom overcome it by making it spectacular with more colours and varieties.
The two century-old festival, held at the sprawling Thekkinkadu ground in front of the famed Vadakkunnatha Temple here, provided a visual treat to a large number of people who thronged the venue. The face-to-face meeting of 30 richly caparisoned elephants"--15 each from the Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady, the two local temples, was a spectacle.
Kudamattam,' the change of colourful ornamental silk parasols by people mounted on their top in quick succession, enthralled the audience who gathered the ground since yesterday in huge numbers. Percussion maestro Peruvanam Kuttan Marar led the 'Ilanjithara melam,' an assembly of percussion performance artists held at Ilanji tree in the premises of Vadakkunnathan Temple.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, who was present here to witness the festivities, said in a Facebook post that the Thrissur Pooram was a 'secular festival' of Kerala. The state government would do all possible things to showcase the Pooram, which is a pride of Malayalis world over, without losing its glory, he said.
Pinarayi Vijayan is the first chief minister after K. Karunakaran, who arrived to witness the Pooram. Along with him, union minister Alphons Kannanthanam, DGP Loknath Behera and many eminent personalities from political and cultural sector were present at the venue. The chief minister also honoured Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, the percussion specialist who has led the Melam at Thrissur Pooram multiple times.
The Thrissur Pooram had its origin in 1798 through a royal edict of Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Shakthan Thampuran, a powerful ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Cochin. The edict entrusted two local temples " Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady " as the main sponsors to conduct the 'pooram' on the grounds of the Vadakkunnathan temple in the heart of Thrissur city.
(With inputs from agencies)