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Thrissur Pooram Festival 

by Vikas Kamat

First Online: April 01, 2006
Page Last Updated: October 31, 2016

The Thrissur Pooram festival is celebrated in the state of Kerala in summer, the most spectacular of the festival takes place at the temple of Vadakkunathan (Lord Shiva) near Trichur. Thirty richly and identically decorated elephants carrying ceremonial umbrellas and fanned by whisks are paraded to the temple, and the captain elephant is installed with the idol of Vadakkunathan. The elephants then go around accompanied by loud sounding of trumpets, pipers and crowds. The parade goes past midnight and concludes with a display of fireworks.

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Pooram Festival Celebrations, Kerala
Pooram Festival Celebrations, Kerala

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