Lord Sasta of Kanimangalam, with his seven elephants initiated the Pooram at 0600 AM. We went along with Him, into the massive Vadkkunathan Temple and there was a Panchavadyam there. We came out and there was another Vadyam at West Gopuram.
At 0730 the Mother Divine of Karamukku arrived with Her nine elephants and there was Melam.
At 0800, the Mother Goddess of Lalur arrived with Her five elephants.
At 0900, the Mother of Choorakkottukara came with Her 14 elephants and Pancha vadyam began in earnest.
The constellation of Delta Leonis is known as Pubba or Pooram, one of the 27 constellations which tenant the Ecliptic. There are more than one million temples in Kerala. Several temple festivals occur on the Lunar Asterism of their inception.
This mammoth Festival starts with Lord Sastha coming out on elephantback early morning on Makiryam ( Orion ) Day ( 23rd this year). These are some features of the Pooram.
Anachamayam - The elephant decorations are exhibited at temples and schools.
Madathil Varavu - Percussion Symphony or Pancha Vadya Melam ( with five musical instruments, cymbals, trumpets, edakka, thimila and Maddhalam ), with more 200 artists participating.
Ilinjithara Melam - Another percussion symphony with pipe, trumpets, drum and cymbal.
More than 80 caparisoned elephants, lovely multicolored umbrellas, decorative bells and Venchamaran take part in this mighty Festival.
The 15 elephants of the main temples - Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady - enter through the Western Gate after Ilinjithara Melam and come out through the Southern Gate and this is the famous Thekkottu Erakkam ! Then we have one of the most beautiful sights in the world ( as per UNESCO ), the exchange of umbrellas and this lovely sight continues till 0730 PM !
At 0300 AM next day, we have a display of fireworks, with both temples trying to excel each other.
These are the ten participating temples in the Grand Pooram.
Earlier the Pooram was at Arattupuzha and it so happened that the Chief of Peruvanam Gramam denied entry to the temples of Trichur. This enraged the Naduvazhis of Trichur and the then ruler, Shaktan Tampuran, integrated all the ten temples around the central Lord Shiva Temple, Vadakkunnathan ( situated at a hillock ) and created this Grand Pooram. Tampuran created two Groups, the Eastern and the Western. The Eastern group was called as Paramekkavu, consisting in addition to Paramekkavu temple, Karamukku, Chembukavu, Choorakottukavu and Panamukkamppilly. The Western group was Thiruvambady consisting of Kanimangalam, Laloor, Ayyanthole, Nethilakkavu and the Thiruvambady temple.
This Pooram is centered around the Lord Shiva temple at the Center, as all the ten deities pay obeisance to the Shiva, the central presiding deity. Shaktan Tampuran chalked out the program and the main events of this Glorious Festival.
In Kudamattom, that is changing of colored umbrellas this year, techonology was used. LED umbrellas were used and it was a glorious sight at seven pm. 15 caparisoned elephants of the Eastern Group faced the 15 elephants of the Western Group.
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The Ten Participating Temples
Along with the main Paramekkavu Temple
& Thiruvambady Temple in Trichur
Kanimangalam Sastha Temple at Kanimangalam,
Karamukku Bhaghavathy Temple at Karamukku near Chiyyaram,
Choorakkottukavu Bhagavathy Temple at Choorakkattukara,
Laloor Bhaghavathy Temple at Laloor,
Sree Karthyayani Temple at Ayyanthole,
Nethilakkavu Bhagavathy Temple at Neithilakkavu near Kuttoor,
Chembukkavu Bhagavathy Temple at Chembukkavu and
Panamukkumpally Sastha Temple at Panamukkampilly near East Fort Thrissur
A superb Mal Song about
Shaktanam Thamburan Visvathinnekiya
Uttama Sammamamanee Utsavam
Vishruta Soundarayamee Sangamam
He gave this grand Festival to the world
Our mighty King, Shaktan Thamburan !
This confluence majestic
Confers glory to Tri Siva Peroor !
Ambadiyil Ninnu Devi vannu
Thekkinkadakunna Poovanathil !
When Mother Divine of Paramekkavu
Combines with Mother of Ambady
And readies for the Great Umbrella Change
In the glorious, flowery forest !