Images of India: Celebrations at the Thrissur Pooram festival…

Fest1_20150429.jpg‘Pooram Ezhunnallipu’ in front of the Parmekkavu Temple as part of the Thrissur Pooram festival in Kerala. The name Thrissur is derived from “Thiru-Shiva-Perur”, which literally translates to “The city of the Sacred Shiva and is known as the “cultural capital” of Kerala. Thrissur Pooram is a festival unique in its pageantry, magnitude and participation. Two days before pooram, there is a huge exhibition – Ana chamaya pradharshanam (exhibition of elephant decorations). The pooram has a good collection of elephants (more than 50) decorated with nettipattam (decorative golden headdress), strikingly crafted Kolam, decorative bells, ornaments and umbrellas, venchamaram and alavattam. ‘Pooram’ is the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star. The celebrations begin a week before.