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.
On the 4th day of Onam – Nalam Onam (5th day as per calender), Puli Kali (Tiger Dance) is celebrated in Thrissur. This unique festival was started by Maharaja Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran around 200 years ago. Initially this was a dance done by Muslim soldiers of the British army. Everybody loved their macho dance steps and the tradition lives on still now, kept alive by local Pulikkali groups or ‘sangams’. These shots were taken in 2015.