Famous Hindu Festivals in Thrissur Kerala
Thrissur is the land of pooram. Thrissur Pooram, the pooram of all poorams, is in the top of that list. Arattupuzha Pooram, Machadu Mamangam, Kodungallur Bharani are some of the other famous festivals in Thrissur.
Thrissur PooramThrissur Pooram is the most spectacular and colourful festival of Kerala. The venue is Vadakkumnathan temple. It is celebrated in the month of April (Medam). Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State in the late 18th century introduced this festival.
Machadu MamangamMachadu is situated near Wadakkanchery. Thiruvanikavu Temple is also known as Machattu Vela, which is celebrated in the month of February. This is the annual festival at Thiruvanikavu Temple. Poykuthiras (Horses) in ceremonial processions are the main majesty of this festival. Devotees bring highly decorated Poykuthiras as offering to the deity.
Arattupuzha PooramThe Festival is held during April-May every year after Thrissur pooram. The place name Arattupuzha (Arat means Holy bath and Puzha Means River) because of the deities, "ARAT" (Holy bath) in the river. Highly caparisoned elephants carry forty-one idols from different temples in the neighbourhood village at night in colouful procession to Arattupuzha village, where the deities holy bath (‘ARAT’) is takes place.
Uthralikkavu PooramThe Uthralikkavu Pooram, is one of the most important festivals of Thrissur District. This eight-day long festival is dedicated to Goddess Kali, and is celebrated at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Wadakkanchery, usually in the month of February. The temple is located about 20 kilometers away from Thrissur town. The highlight of this festival is the day and night elephant processions. The final day of the festival is celebrated as pooram day. The main attraction of the festival is a massive fireworks display.
Kodungallur BharaniThe popular Bharani Utsavam is carried out during March-April (Meenam) for eight days. The devotees coming here wear red colour costumes to see Kodungallur Amma. Kodungallur Thalapoli is also a famous festival of this city, which falls during Dec-Jan every year, witnessed by thousands of devotees.