Thrissur Pooram

Kerala’s festival of colour, culture, and elephants

Kerala embodies beauty in many forms – from its serene backwaters and lush coconut groves to the rich scents of its cuisine. It’s also home to Asia’s most magnificent gathering, Thrissur Pooram.

The festival is held in honour of Lord Shiva, the presiding deity of the Vadakkunnathan Temple located in Thrissur city.  In 2024, Thrissur Pooram takes place on 19th April.


Before Thrissur Pooram became the spectacle it is today, the Aarattupuzha Pooram held the title of Kerala’s largest temple festival. 

However, one year, due to unforeseen weather delays, many temples were barred from participating, sparking discontent among their authorities. 

In response, they turned to Rama Varma Kunjipilla Thampuran, known affectionately as Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaj of Cochin, to voice their grievances.

Sakthan Thampuran saw an opportunity in this dispute to create a new tradition. He organized a festival that would include about ten temples located near the Vadakkumnathan temple.

This gathering has now been celebrated as Thrissur Pooram for over 200 years, marking a significant evolution in the festival’s history.

This week-long festival commences with the vibrant sounds of Melam, leading into the Kodiyettam ceremony where flags hoists high, signalling the start of the festivities. 

Highlights include traditional folk dances, a mesmerizing elephant parade, the awe-inspiring fireworks display, and the soul-stirring rhythms of panchavadyam. 

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