Thrissur Pooram Festival is a Hindu temple festival in the south Indian state Kerala. It is held in Thrissur at Vadakkunnathan Temple every year In the month of April. Vadakkunathan temple is situated on a hillock in the center of the city and becomes the attraction of thousands of devotees and tourists during the festival time. Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State started this festival in the late 18th century.
Pooram festival is a superb display of musical performances, great elephant march, the famous 'Elanjithara Melam' followed by night-long fireworks which run three to four hours.
The finest elephants from the various temples of Kerala are sent to Thrissur to participate in the grand eight-day event of the Thrissur Festival. This is the reason why the Poonam festival is also known as the Elephant festival in south India. On the final day of festival procession of 15 elephants marching towards Vadakkunathan temple from Thiruvambadi temple starts in the morning. The key elephant of the group carries the idol of Lord Krishna and another group of 15 elephants starts their march from Paramekavu Bhagavathy temple at the same time. The chief elephant of this group carries the idol of the goddess. Both the group of elephants lined in two rows facing each other in Tekkinkadu Maidan. Both groups try their best to secure the place of the best elephant from their group.
These elephants and the statues of Krishna and the goddess are taken back to the temple after this event. In the night competition of fireworks display get started between the two groups. They put their best efforts to make their firework show best than another group.
What is the date of the Thrissur Pooram Festival in 2019and 2020?
Thrissur Festival Dates: 26th April 2018 / 13th May 2019
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How to reach to Thrissur Festival?
Air: The nearest international domestic airport is at Nedumbassery, Ernakulam which is 60 km far away from Thrissur.
Rail: Thrissur is well connected with all the major cities of Kerala. The nearest railway station is about one km from the town center and only 350 meters away from the temple premises.
Road: There are frequent buses of KSRTC run from Thrissur along national highway NH47 to different towns and cities of Kerala. There are frequent services of private buses from the place called Guruvayur and small towns like Mallapuram and Shornur.