On the Thrissur Pooram day, the deities of the temples in and around Thrissur town pay customary visit to the Vadakkumnathan Temple on caparisoned elephants accompanied by the music of Chenda Melam and Panchavadyam.
The Ten Temples Participating in Thrissur Pooram
The Name of the Ten Temples participating in the Thrissur Pooram:
- Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple (Although the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, it is Bhagavathy or Devi a subsidiary deity in the Temple that takes part in the Pooram.)
- Paramekkavu Bhagavathy Temple
- Nethilakkavu Bhagavathy Temple
- Karamukku Bhagavathy Temple
- Ayyanthole Bhagavathy Temple
- Laloor Bhagavathy Temple
- Choorakkattukavu Bhagavathy Temple
- Chembukkavu Bhagavathy Temple
- Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple
- Kanimangalam Sastha Temple.
Paramekkavu Temple and Thiruvambady Temple are the dominant partners in Thrissur Pooram.
The arrival of the deities of the eight other temples is referred as Cheru Poorams or Small Poorams. But the areas representing the smaller temples detest the use of the term Cheru Pooram as they consider the arrival of their deity before Vadakkumnathan second to none.
Vadakkumnathan is a Spectator – Does Not Take Part in the Festival
The magnificent visit of deities from ten temples in and around Thrissur town to the Vadakkumnathan Temple is the core theme of the world famous Thrissur Pooram festival held at Thrissur Town in Kerala. It must be noted that Vadakumnathan Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, remains a spectator during the entire festival. Lord Shiva receives the respects from all deities but does not take part in the Pooram.
Poorangalude Pooram Thrissur Pooram – Mother of all Poorams
By noon crowds build in large numbers at Thekkinkadu Maidan (ground) with the `Madathil Varavu’ procession of the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple.The Paramekkavu Devi procession along with the accompaniment of Pandimelam enters the Vadakkunnathan temple.
The scintillating and highly appreciated ‘Ilanjithara melam’ (a classic performance of musical instruments) begins when the procession reaches the elanji tree inside the temple compound.
Thrissur Pooram Kudamattam
The excitement reaches its zenith when the processions of the Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna and Paramekkavu Devi temples face each other at the Thekke Gopura Nada area. The `kudamattam’ session held here is the highlight of the Thrissur Pooram. In the ‘kudamattam’, the two sides engage in a competitive display of colorful umbrellas of various designs.
Thrissur Pooram Fireworks
The famous fireworks display is held late in the night. From 2009 onwards the fireworks is environmental friendly with less deafening sound and more of color.
One of the most anticipated events during the Thrissur Pooram festival in Kerala is the fireworks display. Thousands of people gather to witness the early morning visual treat created by fireworks.
The fireworks during Thrissur Pooram festival is held early morning (the next day morning (4 AM) after Pooram) at Thekkinkadu Ground in front of Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur. Two temples – Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu – compete against each other in making the display of fireworks grandeur and more colorful.
The Thrissur Pooram comes to an end with the farewell ritual of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples at about noon on the next in front of the Vadakkunnathan temple.