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Thrissur Pooram - The grandest spectacle of Kerala

The Pooram of all Poorams, the Thrissur Pooram festival, is held every year in the premises of the Vadakkumnathan temple in the Thrissur district of Kerala. Thousands of people from all parts of Kerala, India and the world come here to witness this magnificent event.

It is an event that is successful because of the joint efforts of the nine participating temples in and around the Thrissur or Trichur district. The main participating temples are the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy temple and the Thiruvambadi Sree Krishna temple. The two vie with each other to present their best in all the events of the festival.

Kudamattam or Kudamattom, the most colourful part of this grand festival is one of the events behind the stunning success of the festival. Held in the evening, the event has the menfolk of Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady swiftly changing their sequined umbrellas one after another in a competitive mood. The various percussion ensembles and special rituals, all add charm to this pageantry.