India’s culture is replete with numerous gods and goddesses, celebrated through magnificent temples and colourful festivals held throughout the year. These temples and festivals are a testament to the country’s deep-seated devotion and rich history. Out of all the festivals celebrated in India, Thrissur Pooram stands out as the grandest and biggest spectacle. Drawing thousands of people every year.
Thrissur Pooram is a spectacular and lively festival celebrated in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Meanwhile, it is considered the “mother of all poorams”. Which showcases the region’s rich cultural traditions and customs through caparisoned elephants, colourful parasols, and percussion music. However, this grand festival blends Kerala’s spiritual and cultural essence and takes place in the Malayalam month of “medam” (April-May) at the Thekkinkadu Maidanam in Thrissur District.
Thrissur Pooram encompasses various events and rituals that hold immense significance. However, the festival’s history and importance are rooted in the region’s Mythology. That continues to symbolise unity and harmony between different communities.
Thrissur Pooram has been celebrated for more than two centuries. It was initiated by Shakthan Thampuran, the King of Cochin from 1790 to 1805. The festival’s origins can be traced back to 1796 when several temples could not participate in the popular Arattupuzha Pooram due to heavy rainfall. Shakthan Thampuran responded to their grievances by creating a new festival, Thrissur Pooram, on the same day in May.
Thrissur Pooram 2023: A Riot of Colours, Elephants, and Messi
This year’s Thrissur Pooram was held in full grandeur at the famed Vadakkunnathan Temple on the 30th of April. With a parade of ornately caparisoned elephants and high-octane traditional percussion performances that enthralled a sea of people.
During the famed “Kudamattam,” which is the changing of colourful ornamental silk parasols in quick succession by people mounted atop elephants. The impressive illuminated cutout of Lionel Messi holding the World Cup caused the crowd to erupt into cheers. It was nothing short of explosive, with screams and shouts of adoration echoing across the space like thunder. Moreover, leaving no doubt about their fervent passion for their hero.