Thrissur Pooram today: Here’s what you need to know

On the Pooram day, the events at Thekkinkadu Maidanam start at 7.30 am with ‘Khataka Poorangal’ aka subsidiary pooram processions from nearby temples. File Photo

Kerala's much-loved temple festival Thrissur Pooram will be held on Sunday, with caparisoned elephants, enthralling drum beats and colourful fireworks, returning in all its majestic grandeur.

Pooram lovers from far and wide have already made it to the district and are busy enjoying every colourful facet of the age-old festival. Are you too among the crowd but feeling a little lost? Here's what you need to know:

Arrival of Khadaka poorangal (subsidiary processions)
Venue: Sreemoolasthanam
Timing: From 7.30am onwards
7.30 am - Kanimangalam Sasthavu
7.45 am - Panamukkumpally Sasthavu
8 am - Chembukkavu Karthyayani
8.30 am - Karamukku Bhagavathi
9 am - Laloor Karthyayani Dvi
9.30 am - Chorakkottukara Durgadevi
10 am - Ayyanthol Karthyayani Devi
11 am - Kuttoor Naithalakkavu Bhagavathi

Madathil Varavu Panchavadyam
Venue: In front of Naduvil Madhom near Thekkemadom
Timing: 11am
Led by Kongadu Madhu

Ilanjithara Melam
Venue: Courtyard of Vadakkunnathan Temple
Timing: 2.10pm
Led by Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar
Specialty: The world’s ‘largest orchestra’

Chempada Melam
Venue: In front of Paramekkavu temple
Timing: 12.30pm
Led by Kizhakkoot Aniyan Marar

Kudamattam (parasol display)
Venue: Thekke Gopura Nada
Timing: 5pm
Face-to-face: Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi groups

Specialty: The most colourful sight of Pooram

Vedikettu (fireworks display)
Venue: Thekkinkadu Maidanam
Timing: 3am on Monday
Order: First Thiruvambadi group, followed by Paramekkavu
Highlight: Scintillating fireworks

Free food, buttermilk and juice
The Thrissur Corporation and Accident Care and Transport Service (ACTS) will collaborate to provide free food (chapathi and vegetable curry)  on Sunday, at ACTS office, from 12 noon. The group Vadakkumnathan Walkers will be providing free food and juice too for Pooram aficionados.  

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