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Thrissur Pooram 2023

  • Published
    1st May, 2023
Context

Kerala is preparing to commemorate the grand and vibrant Thrissur Pooramtemple festival, which lasts for 36 hours or simply 3 days. 

About
  • This festival is considered the mother of all poorams.
  • 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

  • Thrissur Pooram is a prominent temple festival in Kerala with a history spanning over 200 years. 
  • The festival was established by the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin. 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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