Thechikottukavu Ramachandran all set for Vilambaram ceremony
Thrissur: Thrissur Pooram, the popular annual temple festival of Vadakkumnathan temple in Thrissur will take place on Monday. In the wake of terror attack threats, the district administration intensified the security and surveillance for this pooram. It is for the first time, such strong security is provided for the pooram.
On Sunday morning, the majestic elephant Thechikottukavu Ramachandran will be taken to the Vadakkumnathan temple for the Pooram Vilambaram ceremony, the official announcement of the pooram. Carrying the idol of Neythalakkavu Bhagavathy, Ramachandran will open the temple doors in the south side as part of the ritual.
Meanwhile, Chamayam exhibitions of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples started on Saturday. Alluring pooram lovers, sample fireworks was also displayed on Saturday night.
‘Ezhunellippu’ from various small temples will start to Vadakkumnathan temple on Monday morning around 7.30. Madathil Varavu Panchavadyam will begin in front of Brahmaswam madam which is the pathway for Thiruvambady Bhagavathy’s procession. The grand Ilanjithara melam will commence around 2 in the noon at Thekkinkadu maidan.
The colourful kudamattam will be staged by 4 in the evening. Like last year, Thiruvambady temple and Paramekkavu temple will have tight competition in the Kudamattam.
Fireworks will be displayed in the wee hours on Tuesday. Culmination of the Pooram festivities will be marked with Pakal pooram on Tuesday. The celebrations will conclude with ‘Upacharam Cholli Piriyal’ ceremony on Pakal Pooram day around 12 pm.
Strict inspection at Ilanjithara melam venue
People who arrive to enjoy Ilanjithara melam should arrive at the venue early as they have to go through metal detectors as part of the security. Police will restrict the public from carrying bags and plastic bottles to the Thekkinkadu maidan.
A 160-member team of bomb squad and thunderbolt is also deployed here. 10 dog squads have been camped here. 80 CCTV cameras and binoculars are also installed in major parts of the temple and town.