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Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival

Thrissur Pooram Elephant Festival

One of the most popular temple festivals in India, this more than 200-year-old festival is one of the best ways to get a flavor of why India wins the gold medal for festivals. Raja Rama Varma created this festival in 1798 because he and many of his friends were not allowed into a nearby festival because they were late. He invited temples in this Kerala region to the main temple in Thrissur to pay respects to Shiva, the presiding deity.

With a combination of religion and color, Thrissur Pooram starts seven days in advance with the ceremonial hoisting of the flag. Fireworks begin on the fourth night and are a consistent fixture of the festival from then on. On the sixth day, the main Pooram (festival) begins with activities happening at all kinds of temples throughout the area but concluding at Nilapaduthara near the western gorpuram of the Vadakkunnathan Temple.