POORAMS IN KERALA

Pooram Festival
 
One cannot be a Kerala fan, if he does not know what ‘Puram’ means. Puram is an integral part of the inherent culture, which is more of a beautiful celebration dedicated to Goddesses Kali or Durga. Pooram festivals are held mostly in the northern part of Kerala, with the likes of names like Thrissur, Palakkad and Malappuram.
 
Total participants in Pooram Festival: Thiruvambady Bhagavathi and Paramekkavu Bhagavathi, Nethilakkavu Bhagavathi, Karamukku Bhagavathi, Ayyanthole Bhagavathi, Laloor Bhagavathi, Choorakkattukavu Bhagavathi, Chembukkavu Bhagavathi, Panamukkumpally Sastha, Kanimangalam Sastha
 
Although people here may try to prove one better than the other, but from first hand experience I can tell you that every Pooram festival have their own benefit. To start with, there is ‘Thrissur Pooram’ which they say is father of all the other celebrations. Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in April-May, also known as the Medom month. As per the traditional beliefs, Gods and Goddesses assemble around Thrissur, pay their visits to Vadakumnathan Temple. You will find elephants decorated with ornaments and an energetic breed of joyous fans screaming throughout the festival. Chenda Melam and Pancha Vadyam are very important elements of this Pooram.
 
Uthralikkavu Pooram

Expect an imposing line-up of around 21 elephants along with processions day and night. You will find people indulging in celebrations for about 8 days. This celebration concerns Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali. As a traveler, you get to experience and learn about the ancient traditions first hand, as not many places are left on earth that still follow their ancient traditions.
 



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