Thrissur Pooram is one of the most famous temple festivals in the Indian state of Kerala.
It is an annual festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May).
The festival is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The festival is known for its grandeur and colorful display of fireworks.
The highlight of Thrissur Pooram is the procession of decorated elephants that are accompanied by traditional percussion ensembles called 'panchavadyam'.
The festival was first introduced by the Maharaja of Cochin, Sakthan Thampuran, in the late 18th century.
It is a unique festival that brings together people from different religions and communities.
The festival involves intense competition between two groups representing the Vadakkunnathan Temple and the Paramekkavu Temple.
The competition involves displaying their respective caparisons (decorated parasols) on the elephants in the grand procession.
Thrissur Pooram is a cultural extravaganza that is a must-see for anyone visiting Kerala.