Thrissur Pooram: Small Poorams to be held as ritual, temples to parade only one elephant
Thrissur: In view of the second wave of COVID-19, the devaswom committees have decided to observe small Poorams in Thrissur Pooram only with rituals. Only one elephant will be paraded for the rituals related to small poorams during day and night.
The decision was taken in the meeting held at the headquarters of Cochin Devaswom Board. Representatives of temples which are part of the small poorams attended the meeting.
The government had strictly restricted the public from attending the famous pooram the other day.
It is learned that less than 50 people will take part in the rituals this time. As per the centuries-old custom, 8 small poorams from nearby temples are also associated with Thrissur Pooram.
Observing the COVID crisis, the temple committees have decided to parade a single elephant for the rituals.
The government is likely to give relaxations in night curfew in Thrissur on Pooram day. A final decision regarding this will be taken in the meeting summoned by the district collector.
On Monday, the government decided to conduct Thrissur Pooram without allowing public and restricting the celebrations.
The famous temple festival at Vadakkumnathan temple will be observed on April 23, Friday.
Only organizers, percussionists, mahouts, media personnel and police are allowed to attend the pooram. But everyone must obtain COVID negative certificate after undergoing an RT-PCR test.
Police will initiate action to block the public from visiting the temple and premises.