Kochi: In a big relief the organizers of Thrissur Pooram, the much delayed Vedikkettu (fireworks) were held just before heavy rains drenched the cultural capital of Kerala today.
The fireworks were scheduled for 3 am on May 11 to bring curtains on the annual festivities of Thrissur Pooram involving Vadakkunathan Siva temple and ten other temples.
The event was repeatedly postponed thrice due to rains.
The district administration in consultation with the administration of the temples and weather office decided to hold the event today as keeping the explosives for a long time was not safe.
With the weather office giving tentative timings, the event was held at about 2.30 pm.
First it was ignited by Paramekkavu temple followed by Thiruvambady temple.
It took six minutes for the Thiruvambady Fireworks to end while Paramekkavu took just four minutes to wind up the programme.
Soon after the events, heavy downpour showered to the region.
Large number of people had gathered to view the fireworks. People were not allowed to go beyond 100 metres.
Facilities were arranged to watch it from eastern side.
Thrissur Pooram is a festival being held for over two centuries. The event is a competition between five temples in front of Vadakkunathan Siva temple.
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