Introduction to Uthralikavu Pooram
One of the most important festivals and one of the most crowd pulling pooram festivals, the Uthralikavu Pooram festival is dedicated to Goddess Kali, and is celebrated at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Vadakkancherry in the district of Thrissur in Kerala.
Time of Uthralikavu Pooram
The festival is celebrated in the month of 'Kumbham' according to the Malayalam calendar. This falls on February/March.
Description of Uthralikavu Pooram
The festival is punctuated with colorful elephant processions during the day and night, with the accompaniment of the resounding Panchavadyam and the Pandimelam - two types of drum orchestration quite loved by the devotees and also onlookers and tourists who are not from Kerala or not of the same religious faith. The evenings are eventful with rituals and folk art performances in the temple courtyard, in the glow of the huge brass traditional temple lamps, keep their flame alive right into the dawn. On the concluding day is the spectacular all-night pooram pageant, the highlight of the festival.
Elephants and percussion instruments are an indispensable part of Kerala's religious tradition and no Hindu festival can be thought of without these two elements.
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