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.
Arattupuzha Pooram is one of the oldest festivals in Kerala (more than 1400 years old). The Devasamgamam in which deities from various temples comes to Arattupuzha Sree Sastha Temple. Currently around 23 deities of various temples from different parts of Thrissur District attend the Pooram. (Earlier this was much higher). These photos were taken on 21st March 2016.