Thechikottukavu Ramachandran opens temple doors amid tight security
Thrissur: Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, the majestic elephant arrived at Vadakkumnathan temple to take part in the Pooram vilambaram ceremony on Sunday. Putting an end to the protest over ban on the elephant, the district collector granted permission to parade the elephant for Pooram vilambaram ceremony on Friday. Followin this, the elephant was taken to Thekkinkadu maidan in a vehicle around 9.30 on Sunday morning.
Around 9.40, the elephant started parading to the temple by carrying the idol of Neythalakkavu Bhagavathy from Thekkinkadu maidan.
As part of Pooram Vilambaram ceremony, Ramachandran opened the temple doors in south side after paying obeisance to the presiding deity. After reaching Thekkinkadu maidan, Thechikottukavu Ramachandran received the idol of Neythalakkavu Bhagavthy from another elephant Devidasan.
A huge crowd gathered to see Ramachandran at the maidan. Police had a tough time to control the mob as some people made an attempt to cross the barricade.
The elephant was taken to the temple under strict security as collector granted permission to parade the elephant with certain conditions. In the order, collector directed that the elephant must be taken to the temple for one hour from 9.30 am to 10.30 am and must be shifted immediately after this time period. Police also directed to place barricades 10 metres from Thekke Gopura nada (south gate of temple) to obstruct the people from coming close to the elephant.
The grand Thrissur Pooram will be held on Monday. Pooram lovers started to arrive the town to take part in the two days long festivities.