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Thrissur Pooram 2023

  • Category
    Art and culture
  • Published
    5th May, 2023


Kerala celebrated the 36-hour-long Thrissur Pooram temple festival, known as the mother of all poorams.


  • Thrissur Pooram is an important temple festival in Kerala that dates back over 200 years.

Prior to Thrissur Pooram, Arattupuzha Pooram was the most significant temple festival in Kerala.

  • The festival was founded by Shakthan Thampuran, the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin from 1790 to 1805. 
  • It is an impressive exhibition of cultural customs and traditions, featuring adorned elephants, colourful umbrellas, and percussion music. 
  • The festival is a splendid blend of Kerala's spiritual and cultural heritage and is held in the Thekkinkadu Maidanam in Thrissur during the Malayalam month of medam, which falls in April-May.

Historical Belief

  • The festival's origin dates back to 1796, when a group of temples was prohibited from attending the Arattupuzha Pooram festival due to heavy rainfall. 
  • Upon hearing their grievances, Shakthan Thampuran decided to organise his own festival, which eventually became the Thrissur Pooram celebrated on the same day in May.

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