Finally a year later, I set foot in the magnificent city of Thrissur in Kerala because the picture that I had seen was taken during the festival of Thrissur Pooram. The festival is celebrated to mark the importance of a Nakshatra (star) named Thrissur Pooram.
Celebrate India - Thrissur Pooram Festival Travel enthusiasts decide where to go next based on descriptions in travel magazines and blogs. A great picture of the destination often triggers in them the impulse to just pack their bags and get going. This is exactly what happened to me when I came across a picture on the internet a few years ago. It showed a long line of royally decorated elephants in some kind of a ceremony. Finally a year later, I set foot in the magnificent city of Thrissur in Keralabecause the picture that I had seen was taken during the festival of Thrissur Pooram. The festival is celebrated to mark the importance of a Nakshatra(star) named Thrissur Pooram. Religious ceremonies and festivals are at the heart of Indian culture. The ancient city of Thrissur surrounds the Vadakkumnathan Temple (dedicated to Lord Shiva) which is situated right in the centre of the city on a hillock. It is believed that the 6 th incarnation ofLord Vishnu, Lord Parasurama (devotee of Lord Shiva), created the city. It’s no wonder then that this city is called the cultural capital of Kerala. The city of Thrissur puts its best foot forward during this festival. The festival is essentially a kind of contest between two rival groups. Each group is allowed to bring 15 elephants and a range of fireworks to the festival. The groups scan the whole of Southern India to secure the best elephants for the celebrations. The elephants are then decorated with colourful parasols and head gear. On the day of the festival, the thundering of percussion instruments fills the air. The finale is a grand display in which elephants stand in one line, leaving the crowds spellbound. Behind them, fireworks dazzle the night sky as the two groups try to outdo each other. This festival wins my vote hands down for being the most electrifying celebration of a regional festival. I have already set my sights on the next big travel experience and I am busy browsing through travel magazines to look for some such place. The minute I hit upon it, you’ll be the first one to find out. Until then, Ciao!
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