SC nod for firecrackers at Kerala fest

  1. The Supreme Court has allowed two temples in Kerala- Thiruvambady Devaswom and Paramekkavu Devaswom -to display fireworks during the Thrissur Pooram festival. The judgement comes in the backdrop of a plea submitted by the temples before the SC to exempt the traditional fireworks of Thrissur Pooram from its verdict delivered in October 2018.
  2. In October 2018, the Supreme Court had banned the manufacture, sale and use of firecrackers that are loud and toxic to man, animal and the environment. The court allowed for sale of green and improved crackers through licensed traders.
  3. Thiruvambady Devaswom and Paramekkavu Devaswom manufacture firecrackers for the festival through their own licensees. The SC has ordered that the temples would continue to do that subject to a written approval from the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation (PESO). PESO is a body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry entrusted to look after safety requirements in manufacture, storage, transport and use of explosives and petroleum.
  4. The Thrissur Pooram is an annual 7day Hindu festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May). The festival is held at the Thekkinkadu Maidanam in Thrissur, Kerala.
  5. The festival is organised with the participation of 10 temples situated around Vadakkunnathan Temple. The temples with their deities gather to the city of Thrissur to pay obeisance to Lord Vadakkunnathan, the presiding deity of the Vadakkunnathan Temple.