Thrissur Pooram

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Overview:

Recently, the festivities of the famous Thrissur Pooram began with Kodiyettam, ceremonial flag hoisting, at the participating temples.

About Thrissur Pooram:

  • It is celebrated in Kerala during the Malayalam month of Medom (April-May).
  • It is considered to be the Mother of all Poorams, a cultural highlight that towers above all other festivals.
  • It is celebrated in the grand assembly of Gods and Goddesses in and around Thrissur.
  • It was the brainchild of Raja Rama Varma, famously known as Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin (1790–1805).
  • It is centred on the Vadakkunnathan Temple, with all these temples sending their processions to pay obeisance to Shiva, the presiding deity.
  • The processions and rituals of each of the deities follow a very strict itinerary, scheduled in such a way that the tempo of the Pooram celebrations - 36 hrs non-stop - is maintained without any loss of energy.
  • A massive parade is planned on temple grounds, accompanied by Chenda Melam and Pancha Vadyam music.
  • The final day of the pooram occurs on the seventh day. It is often referred to as "Pakal Pooram.

 


Q1) What is Chenda Melam?

Chenda Melam is a traditional percussion ensemble from the southern Indian state of Kerala. It is typically performed during religious festivals, processions, and other auspicious occasions.

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