The Arattupuzha Pooram is described as 'the greatest Devamela on earth' and it is the oldest pooram festival in Kerala. The 'ezhunnellippu' or 'procession of the thidambu' or 'idol of the Arattupuzha Sastha include grandly caparisoned elephants and traditional percussionists.
Time of Arattupuzha Pooram
The festival will be celebrated in the 1st of March, this year.
Description of Arattupuzha Pooram
Aarattupuzha Pooram, is the festival that sees the largest elephant stage entry in which about 70 majestically caparisoned elephants participate. Aarattupuzha is about 14 km from Thrissur town and the famous Ayyappa temple at Aarattupuzha is just 14 kms from Thrissur, and it is at this temple that the annual pooram festival is celbrated.
The final pooram is conducted with sixty one caparisoned elephants decked up with bright colored umbrellas and parasols in the traditional manner, presenting an unparalleled spectacle. The temple ensemble and the traditional music lend a majestic tenor to the extravaganza. According to popular belief, the patron deities of the neighboring villages ride majestically caparisoned tuskers to arrive in a procession at the Arattupuzha village on the day of this festival.