Thrissur : Thrissur Pooram 2019 is an extravagant temple festival in Kerala involving scores of elephants, traditional percussionists and high-voltage fireworks.
Today, the entire town of Thrissur in central Kerala will come to a standstill as lakhs of people will assemble around the Thekkinkadu Maidanam braving the hot sun and humid weather to participate in the festivities.
The main attraction of the ‘Pooram’ is the Elanjithara Melam, which is the world’s largest live orchestra of percussionists known for its technical brilliance.
There will be ‘Kudamattam’ in the evening in which 30 caparisoned elephants, with 15 on either side, will stand facing against each other in a wonderful ceremony.
Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, Kerala’s tallest tusker and a permanent fixture of the Pooram, was banned in February by the Chief Wildlife Warden after it trampled two people in Guruvayur town.
Later on due to huge public protests along with equal pressure applied by the chief political parties, the district administration relaxed the ban for an hour so that the tusker could participate in the festivities.
On Sunday morning, Ramachandran came as usual, ferried in a truck, followed by bursting through the southern door of the Vadakumnathan Temple to indicate the start to the festivities.
And the festivities has kick started with that.