- The Thrissur Pooram festival in Thrissur, Kerala has begun with the ‘Vilambaram’ ritual.
- The Thrissur Pooram is an annual 7day Hindu festival celebrated in the Malayalam month of Medam (April-May).
- It is celebrated on the Pooram day – the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam. It is the largest and most famous of all poorams.
- The festival is held at the Thekkinkadu Maidanam in Thrissur, Kerala. The temple festival was the brain child of Shakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Kochi.
- 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.
- The Vilambaram ritual declares open the pooram celebrations. It involves bringing the idol of Naithilakkavu Temple, Kuttoor, to the Vadakkunnathan temple.
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