Thrissur Pooram

A line of elephants in full splendor of festival adornments and surrounded by a spirited crowd. The snap for the month was taken during the most famous festival occasions of Kerala – the Thrissur Pooram. The elephants shown in the picture are returning after paying their respects before the statue of Sakthan Thampuran, who as per local belief was the architect behind the origins of Pooram. This is an event that could be seen on the final day of the Pooram festivities, just before the spectacular changing of colorful parasols or Kudamatam in local parlance. Thrissur pooram – one of a kind! Majestic looking elephants adorned with ornate golden netti pattoms on their foreheads, the captivating beats of the thunderous music of the panchavadyam (five traditional instruments),spectacular fireworks, teeming millions intoxicated with the festive spirit – its all this and more that makes the world famous Thrissur Pooram an unforgettable experience for any tourist. The festival is celebrated annually in April-May at the Vadakkumnathan temple at Thrissur, one of the oldest temples in the State. The temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many murals and pieces of art.

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