Koodalmanikyam Temple or Kudal Manikkam Temple or Koodalmanikkam Temple is located in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur, Kerala. The main idol worshippped here is of Bharatha, brother of Rama. The Utsavam or festival here starts one day after the famous Thrissur Pooram festival and lasts for 11 days. Each day of the festival, Seeveli is held twice, once in the morning and once at night, accompanied by Panchari melam. Seventeen elephants take part – two baby elephants are included in the procession, one standing on each side of the main elephant carrying the deity. The Netti pattam of seven elephants are made of gold while the rest are made of silver. Here are some of the photos shot during 23rd April 2016.
Thrissur Pooram is the perhaps the most famous festival in Kerala. It was started in 1798 by Sakthan Thampuran (Rama Varma Kunhjipilla Thampuran) when temples in Thrissur was denied entry to Arattupuzha Pooram because they were late due to rain. Thrissur Pooram is a 36 hour long festival which attracts visitors from around the globe. There are mainly two groups – Thiruvambady (Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple, Kanimangalam Sastha Temple, Laloor Bhagavathy Temple, Ayyanthole Sree Karthyayani Temple, Nethilakkavu Baghavathy Temple) and Paramekkavu (Paramekkavu Bhagavathi Temple, Chembukkavu Bhagavathy Temple, Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple, Choorakkottukavu Bhagavathy Temple, Pookattikkara – Karamukku Baghavathy Temple) participating in the pooram. The photos below were shot on 17th April 2016.