Posts tagged Thrissur Pooram
Vadakkumnathan temple is the one of the archaic Siva temple in Kerala. And it is the largest temples in the state. This temple is a classical example of the Kerala style of architecture and has many decorative murals and works of art. The temple contains the sacred shrines of Parama Shiva, Parvathy, Sankaranarayana, Ganapathy, Sri Rama and Sri Krishna. The central shrines and Koothambalam exhibit exquisite vignettes carved in wood. Legend goes that this temple was founded by Parasurama. This is the venue of the world famous Pooram festival celebrated annually in April-May. The fireworks at the Pooram is a spectacular sight. Non-Hindus are not allowed entry into the temple.
January’s Thiruvathira is a celebration of folk dancing and singing by young Malayali women. In Trichur(Thrissur), the Pooram and Vela festivals(March-April) are among Kerala’s best known events. Thrissur Pooram is an eight-day spectacle wilth parades of decked up elephants, music, and fireworks. On the sixth day of the seven-day Arattupuzha Pooram, held at the Ayyappa temple 1.4 km(9 mi) from Trichur,61 elephants feature in the proceedings. In the north, Kannur and Kasargode are known for the extraordinary Theyyam(November-May), a religious dance of tribal origin in which participants in terrifying makeup and elaborate costumes are venerated by Worshipers. The weaklong harvest festival, Onam(late August-early September), is celebrated with floral displays and snake-boat racing. In the Trichur and Palakkad districts. Onam brings Pulikali (or Kaduvakali)-men brightly painted as green, yellow, orange, and red striped tigers- to the streets.