Thrissur Pooram: Symbolic 'Kudamattam' ends in 4 minutes
Thrissur: The famous Kudamattam ritual of Thrissur Pooram was performed symbolically this time as the festival was limited to rituals due to the alarming Covid situation in the state.
When the Paramekkavu group displayed their red sets of umbrella, Thiruvambadi group responded with their single green umbrella. When the former raised the green umbrellas, the latter showed their red ones. In four minutes, the most colourful ritual of the festival ended this way.
After Ilanjithara Melam was finished by 5.15 pm, Paramekkavu group started exhibiting their umbrellas while coming down the Gopuram. They showed eight sets of umbrellas. Their elephants first reached the ground.
Thiruvambadi group also arrived later after the percussion session at Sreemoolasthanam. They also displayed some of their umbrellas during this time. Following this, the symbolic Kudamattam took place and both the groups returned.
Paramekkavu managed to exhibit all 30 umbrellas they had prepared during the procession. They also showed a special umbrella in which the Bhagavathi was depicted in Theyyam costume. Though night curfew existed in the state, the festival related events had special permission.