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