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Thrissur Pooram 2024: Date, rituals, history, significance and everything you need to know about the festival

Thrissur Pooram 2024: Kerala’s special temple festival is here. Every year, Thrissur Pooram is celebrated with great pomp and show at the Thekkinkadu Maidanam in Thrissur district of Kerala. Thekkinkadu Maidanam is located in the middle of the city and extends over a large part of the city with a temple in the middle of the Maidan. Thrissur Pooram is an experience for everyone in Kerala and beyond. It is seen by thousands of people who throng the Maidan on the day of the festival. Decorated elephants walk with colorful umbrellas on them and start the temple festival from the temple. Thrissur Pooram is an amalgamation of Kerala’s rich cultural traditions with spirituality.

This year, Thrissur Pooram will be celebrated on April 20. (Pinterest)

As we get ready to celebrate the special day, here are a few things we need to know.

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Date:

Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam. It is observed on the pooram day, when the moon rises with the Pooram star. This year, Thrissur Pooram will be celebrated on April 20. According to Drik Panchang, Pooram Nakshathram starts on April 19 at 10:57 AM and ends on April 20 at 2:04 PM.

History:

Shakthan Thampuran, the ruler of Cochin from 1790 to 1805, founded Thrissur Pooram. The temple festivals date back 200 years and are known for their rich cultural portrayal. In the year 1796, due to heavy rains, a group of temples were barred from visiting the popular Arattupuzha Pooram. When Shakthan Thampuran heard this, he decided to establish Thrissur Pooram in the month of Medam. Since then, the temple festival has been celebrated every year with great grandeur. Today, it is one of the most popular temple festivals celebrated all over the world.

Meaning:

Observed at Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, people from all over the country and also abroad visit the temple to offer their prayers to Lord Vadakkunnathan. An elaborate procession of 50 decorated elephants with the traditional music of Chenda Melam and Pancha Vadyam marks the main attraction of the festival. Fireworks at Vedikkettu is another attraction of this temple festival.

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