Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, is one of the best tourist destinations of the state. Popular for its contribution to the art and culture of the state, the city is known for its festivals and other cultural activities that are unique to the district.
Let us take you through some of the best festivals of Thrissur that make the place stand out from the rest of Kerala.
'Pooram' in Malayalam means 'festival'. Thrissur Pooram is often called as the 'pooram of the poorams'. Thrissur Pooram is truly a festival of the festivals. The temples Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu are the major contributors in conducting the events of the festival from the Kudamattam (changing of umbrellas) to the Vedikettu (display of fireworks). The festival takes place in the month of April every year. For more details on Thrissur Pooram, click here.
Uthralikavu Pooram is one of the popular festivals of Kerala. Celebrated in Sri Rudhiramahakalikav Temple in Thrissur district, the festival takes place during the summer season in February/March every year. Elephant procession, Kuthira Vela, Panchavadyam, Melam and Vedikettu are some of the highlights of the festival.
Arattupuzha Pooram is another major festival of Kerala and is referred to as 'the mother of all poorams' as it is the oldest festival of the state. The festival takes place at Arattupuzha Temple which is around 15 km away from Thrissur town, which is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.
It is believed that during the festival, the Gods and Goddesses of neighbouring places visit Lord Ayyappa at Arattupuzha. One of the major ceremonies of the festival is the 'arattu' ceremony or the 'bath' of the deities. Elephants from nearby temples carry the temple deities and gather at Arattupuzha, and proceed to the river nearby. These deities are bathed here, and Lord Ayyappa is said to be the last deity that is ceremoniously cleansed during the 'Arattu'.
Kodungallur Bharani is among the traditional festivals of Kerala and also one of the Popular Festivals Of Thrissur. The Bharani Utsavam is celebrated in Kodungallur Bhagavathy Temple in Thrissur district. Held in the month of Meenam which falls in March/April every year, the devotees celebrate it by visiting the temple wearing red costumes to please the Goddess. 'Kaavu theendal' is one of the ceremonies that take place during the festival.