Thrissur Pooram 2019 LIVE updates: The 2019 edition of the Thrissur Pooram, an extravagant temple festival in Kerala with dozens of elephants, traditional percussionists and high-voltage fireworks, starts. Today, the entire city of Thrissur in the center of Kerala will come to a halt while lakhs of people will gather around the Thekkinkadu Maidanam to brave the hot sun and humid weather to participate in the festivities. The central attraction of the festival is the Elanjithara Melam, considered to be the world's largest live orchestra of percussionists known for its technical luster. & # 39; In the evening, 30 caparisoned elephants, with 15 on each side, will face each other in a beautiful ceremony called the & # 39; Kudamattam & # 39 ;.
Like every year, this edition of the festival has not been without controversies. Thechikottukavu Ramachandran, Kerala & # 39; s highest tusk and a permanent Pooram fixture, was banned by the Chief Wildlife Warden in February after tramping two people in Guruvayur city. But a massive public outrage, with equal pressure exerted by the major political parties, resulted in the district administrator easing the ban for an hour so that the tusker could participate in the festivities. On Sunday morning, Ramachandran arrived in a truck as usual, followed by a crack through the southern door of the Vadakumnathan temple to signal the start of the festivities.
Thrissur Pooram 2019, the largest temple festival in Kerala, started today. Follow in LIVE updates about the celebration Malayalam
Over the centuries, the Thrissur Pooram event has grown, with the participating temple councils spending a lot of money and attracting numerous domestic and foreign tourists. Although the Pooram itself is only one day, the preparations start months in advance. The Pooram consists of ten temples in and around Thrissur and is considered a ceremony where these gods come together to pay tribute to Lord Shiva at the Vadakumnathan temple, located in the center of the city.
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It must be underlined that the Pooram, although a Hindu ritual, has become all religious and cultural tribes of Kerala. Both the Muslim community and the Christian community participate in the festival in different ways. In essence, the Pooram is not only limited to reflecting a Hindu ritual, but it has ultimately become a banner that emphasizes the secular credentials of the state.
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