All About Kerala’s Thrissur Pooram Festival That’s Cancelled For The First Time In Over 200 Years


Thrissur Pooram, Kerala’s largest temple pageant is cancelled within the wake of the continued Coronavirus outbreak, this has occurred for the primary time within the pageant’s historical past.


Thrissur Pooram, Kerala’s largest temple pageant is cancelled within the wake of the continued Coronavirus outbreak, this has occurred for the primary time within the pageant’s historical past. The pageant is thought on the ‘mother of all festivals’ in Kerala and folks from all over the world would flock in to witness it. The stars of the hero are the Elephants who’re rigorously chosen earlier than the pageant by every collaborating temple.Kerala is thought for its extravagant temple festivals and ceremonies which unifies individuals on a secular stage. The pageant dates again to 1798 within the 18th century when Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin unified 10 temples to create this large pageant. The principal highlights embody a spectacular pageant of 50 caparisoned elephants introduced from numerous temples of Kerala and a contest within the swift rhythmic altering of brightly colored and sequined parasols (Kudamattom). In the Kudamattom, the 2 sides have interaction in a aggressive show of colourful umbrellas of varied designs. The procession of the caparisoned elephants is often often called ‘Aana Chamayal Pradarsana. The conventional percussion ensembles corresponding to Pancharimelam, Pandimelam and Panchavadyam present an especially acceptable accompaniment to the visible treats.

In the 12 months 1962, the pageant was only a ritual solely occasion as a result of Indo-China warfare. This would be the first time that the pageant has been cancelled altogether since individuals can’t be in shut proximity. Although, it’s a Hindu temple pageant, it’s loved and liked by everybody in Kerala. Thrissur Pooram is past a typical pageant for Keralites. It is an emotion and a logo of their secular tradition and hope.

This season the pageant’s most awaited occasions had been to be held on May 2, however with the now prolonged lockdown billed to finish solely on May 3, the temple authorities that met right here beneath State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar determined to cancel it.

“This is for the first time that this festival will not be held. But the temple rituals associated with the event will be held behind closed doors and just five people will be present,” stated Sunilkumar.

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