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In 2011 Thrissur pooram is celebrated on May 12. Malayalees are familiar with the fact that thrissur pooram is considered as the biggest among different types of pooram which are held in Kerala state. When taking into consideration the Malayalam calendar, thrissur pooram is celebrated in the month of medam. Another interesting fact is that thrissur pooram is considered as the most beautiful & colorful temple festivals of Kerala. Almost all people of Kerala watch thrissur pooram. That means those from outside thrissur usually watches this festival in TV.
Importance of Thrissur & Thekkinkadu Maidan
You must note that this important pooram festival is mainly held at thekkinkadu maidan in thrissur. This thekkinkadu maidan is located in the centre of the famous thrissur city. Thrissur pooram is considered as a public holiday in thrissur. Do you want to know more about thrissur? Then check out the points given below. Thrissur is having an important place in the history of Kerala mainly due to this pooram festival. It is one of the districts of Kerala state.
The old name is thrisivaperoor. This is also known as the cultural capital of Kerala & note that it is located at about 290 km north of Trivandrum. Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala state. The Kerala Sangeeth Natak Academy as well as the Kerala Sahitya Academy is situated in thrissur. The significance behind this pooram is that it is believed that thrissur pooram was created by sakthan thampuran. Do you have any idea about sakthan thampuran? Sakthan thampuran more popularly known as Rama Varma Kunhjipilla Thampuran was born in the year 1751. He ruled Cochin but his palace was thrissur. This powerful maharaja died in the year 1805 at thrissur.
Important feature of Thrissur Pooram
The most important features of thrissur pooram are elephants which are decorated with their nettipattams, ornaments, decorative bells etc. Apart from this, panchavadyam, kudamattom, fireworks etc. are also an important part of thrissur poorams. Usually the thissur pooram celebrations last for more than 30 hours. Remember that this pooram festival consists of impressive processions. A maximum of 15 elephants are displayed by each groups in the pooram festival.
Remember that this usually starts in the early hours of the morning. Panchavadyam is a temple art form which is usually seen in Kerala. This is an orchestra of five instruments namely idakka, ilathalam, timila, maddalam & kombu. Among the above mentioned instruments, idakka is drum shaped instrument which is played with a stick. But ilathalam is a musical instrument which is completely made of bronze. The important feature of maddalam is that it is a heavy instrument which is mainly drum. But when we consider timila we can say that it is an example of hour-glass drum.
Important temples participating in thrissur pooram
The 10 temples situated around the Vadakkunnathan temple were unified by sakthan thampuran & divided to two groups namely the eastern group & the western group. Do you know the temples that belong to the eastern group & western group? Remember that the eastern group consists of Paramekkavu temple, Chembukavu, Choorakottukavu, Panamukkamppilly & Karamukku. This group is collectively known as the Paramekkavu.
But the western group collectively known as Thiruvambady consists of the Thiruvambady temple, Kanimangalam, Laloor, Ayyanthole & Nethilakkavu respectively. The Vadakkunnathan temple is considered as one of the ancient shiva temples of thrissur town. Also note that the Thiruvambadi temple is popularly known as the thiruvambadi srikrishna temple. Another important point is that the Paramekkavu temple is the largest bhagavathi temples situated in thrissur district of Kerala.
2011 Thrissur pooram timings
Madathil varau: 12 May 11:00 AM
Elanjithara melam: 12 May 2:30 PM
Kudamattom: 12 May 5:30 PM
Fireworks: 13 May 3:00 AM