From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : Thrissur Pooram
Mains level : NA
For the first time since its inception, Thrissur Pooram, considered as mother of all poorams in Kerala, has been cancelled earlier this month.
Note the cultural terms in the newscard. As the name itself suggests the state of celebration, it very unlikely to be asked in the ‘fest-state’ format. Rather UPSC can ask – “The terms X, Y, Z …. are associated with which of the following reknown festival?”
- Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu festival held in Kerala.
- It is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year on the Pooram day – the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam.
- It is the largest and most famous of all poorams.
- Thrissur Pooram was the brainchild of Raja Rama Varma, famously known as Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Cochin (1790–1805).
Actual course of the festival
- The Pooram is centred on the Vadakkunnathan Temple, with all these temples sending their processions to pay obeisance to the Shiva, the presiding deity.
- The Pooram officially begins with a flag hoisting ceremony (Kodiyettam).
- All the participating temples of Thrissur Pooram are present for the ceremony, and there is a light firework to announce the commencement of the festival.
- The seventh day of the pooram is the last day. It is also known as “Pakal Pooram”.