Kochi: Over a couple of centuries old Thrissur Pooram, perhaps a unique example of a human – animal union, underscores the importance of protecting the environment in the name of festivities.
Touted to have started in the end of 18th century, the pooram has been luring tourists from around the world to witness the mesmerizing moments of human – elephant interaction.
Elephants are an indispensable element as the opening of the southern gate of Vadakkunathan Siva temple called Vilambaram is carried out by an elephant.
The preliminary rituals of Kodiyettam (Flag hoisting) and Vilambaram, (Announcement)
are over and it is time to enjoy the sample fireworks at 7 pm on May 8.
The ensuing events are witnessed by Lord Siva from his abode at Vadakkumnathan temple.
The pooram in other words is a cultural rivalry between Sree Krishna temple at Thiruvambady and Devi temple at Paramekkavu.
They are backed by caparisoned elephants and orchestras making the festival inimitable.
Other eight small temples, having allegiance with Thiruvambadi Sree Krishna temple and Paramekkavu Devi temple, make their contributions in a suitable way to add glory to the event.
The main day events begin with
Madathilvaravu (orchestra) 11 AM, Elanjitharamelam, (world’s largest live orchestra of percussionists), 2 PM to 4.15 PM, Kudamattam, (exchange of colorful decorated umbrellas), from 5 PM to 7 PM.
Vedikkettu (fireworks) begins at 3 AM and ends by 6 AM.
This brings down the curtains on the celebrities.
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