Thrissur Pooram Festival:
The festivities of the famous Thrissur Pooram began with Kodiyettam, ceremonial flag hoisting, at the participating temples.
- Thrissur Pooram is celebrated in Kerala during the Malayalam month of Medom(April-May).
- It is considered to be the Mother of all Poorams, a cultural highlight that towers above all other festivals.
- It is celebrated in the grand assembly of Gods and Goddesses in and around Thrissur.
- It was the brainchild of Raja Rama Varma, famously known as Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin (1790–1805).
- It is centred on the Vadakkunnathan Temple, with all these temples sending their processions to pay obeisance to Shiva, the presiding deity.
- The processions and rituals of each of deities follow a very strict itinerary, scheduled in such a way that the tempo of the Pooram celebrations.
- A massive parade is planned on temple grounds, accompanied by Chenda Melam and Pancha Vadyam music.
- The final day of the pooram occurs on the seventh day. It is often referred to as “Pakal Pooram.