Elephant Festival unrolls an expression of Celebration in Kerala
Being the most celebrated festival of Kerala, Elephant Festival has registered itself among the top Indian Fairs and Festivals. The Thrissur ‘Pooram’ festival adds the delightful memories to your Kerala tour.
With a desire to become a part of Indian festivals, I booked my tour accordingly. My husband gathered all the India Festivals Information to ensure a smooth tour.
Every season brings along new festivals. The popular Indian fairs and festivals include Pushkar Fair, Goa Carnival, Desert Festival, Nagaur Fair, Good Friday, Baisakhi, Teej, Onam, Dussehra, Diwali, Pongal, Lohri and many others. And that is not all. Even the festivals on the name of Indian God and Goddess are also celebrated with great enthusiasm in India.
I, along with my husband was on Kerala tour where the popular Elephant Festival is celebrated. It takes place annually in the month of Medam according to the Malayalam Calender at Trissur in Kerala, which falls in Mid April -Mid-May.
Visualising the charm of Indian Fairs Festivals, we landed in the wonderful state of Kerala. Soon we were at the place where the grand “Elephant Festival” was being celebrated. It is among the remarkable plays of light and sound. ‘Thissur Pooram’ is a 36-hours long affair, dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is among the biggest elephant festivals of the state.
We both were very excited to become a part of Elephant Festival Kerala, held at the Thekkinkadu Maidan outside the Vadakkunnathan Temple. Beautifully decorated elephants in two processions symbolizing the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu temples, were creating an imposing spectacle. My husband was busy in clicking photographs, while I was simply enjoying the extravaganza.
The celebration befalls in the dawn and extends till the break of the next day. Every group is permitted to perform with around 15 elephants. I observed that extraordinary efforts were being made by every group to ensure the best elephants of the place. It seemed to me one of the best Fairs and Festivals of India that I could attend.
It was a treat for eyes to see the colourful cloaks, raised on the elephants. The assigning of elephants and canopy is done while maintaining complete privacy by each group to surpass the other. Be it Fairs in India or Festivals in India, the charm is exceptional. The mammoths adorned with gold ornaments, each driven with three priests, are a spectacular scene.
We were at the maidan and watching the magnificent look of elephants. Soon a remarkable work of fireplay mesmerised us and it seemed as various cylindrical drums were sounding together.
Then, the amazing procession started, which simply fascinated us. The parade of the Thiruvambadi Pooram to the grounds of Vadakkunnathan Temple and back was worth witnessing.
The sweet melody of the ‘Panchavadyam’ added to the spectacle. It was produced with a blend of five percussion and wind instruments. The jollity persists all night with the Vadakkunathan Temple, acting as a backdrop.
The festival added as an indelible chapter to our Festival Tours of India and we left happily for our destination.