Thrissur: Here's an exciting news for Pooram lovers, the authorities are planning to flag off a project that exhibits the iconic temple festival as a 3D LASER show at Thekkegopura nada (Southern sanctum sanctorum). Initially, the shows would be scheduled only on Saturdays. The project is envisaged by the Steel Industries Kerala Limited (SILK). Ten HD projectors would be used for the mega show.
From Kudamattam and Ilanjitharamelam to Kodiyettam and to the closing event, all the ceremonies would be exhibited at the show. Besides, a brief history of the Vadakkunnathan Temple and the annual pooram festival too would be shown.
Thrissur Pooram, which has a heritage of more than two centuries, was started by Shakthan Thampuran, who was the ruler of the Kingdom of Cochin from 1790 to 1805. There is a story of neglect and excitement behind this most spectacular temple festival in Kerala. At that time Arattupuzha Pooram was the most famous Pooram in Kerala.
Due to intense rains in 1796, groups from Paramekkavu, Thiruvambadi, Chempukkavu, Karamukku, Lalur, Ayyanthol, Chakkulathukavu, Neythalakavu and Kanimangalam temples could not reach Arattupuzha for the Pooram that year. Following this, they were banned from attending the event.
When the banned temple groups complained to Shaktan Thampuran, he decided to challenge the ban by starting Thrissur Pooram on the Pooram day in the month of May in the same year. Today, Thrissur Pooram is so famed that it has a place on the global tourism calendar.