Thousands flock to witness Thrissur Pooram
Thrissur: Historically acclaimed temple festival Thrissur Pooram kicked off on Monday with the arrival of cheru poorams from more than eight temples. Thousands of people including men, women and children started to flow to Thekkinkadu maidan to take part in the pooram, the festival of Vadakumnathan temple.
At first, procession from Kanimangalam temple arrived at Thekkinkadu maidan. Following this, small processions from 8 more temples called ‘Khadaka Pooram’ will arrive at the maidan. When procession from other temples leave Vadakumnathan temple through the south door, procession of Kanimangalam Sastha will enter the temple through the south door.
Kanimangalam Sastha paraded to Sreemoolasthanam, outside Vadakumnathan temple accompanied by seven elephants. Welcoming Kanimangalam Sastha, percussionists staged a grand melam here.
Temples including Karamukku Bhagavathy, Panamukkampally Sastha, Ayanthol Bhagavathy and Laloor Bhagavathy will parade to the pooram venue soon. Along with this procession, the rhythm of melam will be echoed in the maidan. This is one of the speciality of Thrissur Pooram.
Madathil Varavu ceremony in which percussionists will assemble will be performed at 11.30 am. Ilanjithara melam will mesmerise the percussion lovers at 2 in the noon. The colourful Kudamattam will be staged around 5.30 in the evening at south entrance gate. Parasols of beautiful design will be displayed atop 15 elephants by Paramekkavu temple and Thiruvamabady temple at the event.
The pooram will conclude on Tuesday with Upacharam Chollal ceremony.
Tight security in place
Thrissur, the state's cultural capital, is under a thick security cover with 3,500 policemen deputed on duty till May 14.
Senior police officials said no carry bags would be allowed and bomb and dog squads would be deployed during the festival.
Thrissur Pooram is billed as the mother of all festivals in the state and the history of Pooram dates back to the late 18th century. It was started by Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of the erstwhile Kochi state.
The most keenly-watched event during the festival is the parading of more than 50 elephants and crackers display that will take place on Monday afternoon and continue till the wee hours on Tuesday.