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Last Updated Tuesday May 23 2017 06:08 PM IST

Thrissur Pooram does not end with 'Kudamattom'. There is more

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Thrissur Pooram does not end with 'Kudamattom'. There is more The two goddesses gather for the Upacharam Cholli Piriyal ritual. Photo: Onmanorama

If you thought that Thrissur Pooram ended with the spectacular changing of parasols or the 'Kudamattom' which is held on the Pooram day evening, you are wrong. There is the firework display late in the night and then, there is the Pakal Pooram and the Upacharam Cholli Piriyal. Two important, yet, not so popular rituals that complete the festival. 

Thrissur Pooram: All you need to know about the festival

You may not find reference to these two events in your guide book. These two events are those that a person from Thrissur holds close to their hearts. Caparisoned elephants from Parammekkavu gather at the Manikandanal and the elephants from Thiruvambady gather at the Naykanal. And then they move to the grounds of the Vadakkunnatha temple. The Pakal Pooram lasts for four hours and is a miniature version of the pooram. 

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    The crowds, the elephants, the festivities that make Thrissur Pooram special. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    Beyond the green foliage, a bird's eye view of Pooram. Photo: Unni Kottakkal.

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    The elephants line up for Kudamattom. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    People carrying the parasols for the Kudamattom ritual. Photo: Rahul R Pattom.

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    Among the celebrities who gathered was Nyla Usha. Photo: Jeejo John.

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    Thrissur Pooram, also known as the 'mother of all poorams' is underway at Thrissur. The ezhunnillappu or the procession from Paramekkavu is a grand show. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    The pandimelam underway at Paramekkavu. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    Every year, thousands of visitors from across the globe gather for the festival. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    Food and soft drinks including buttermilk was served at the venue. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    Braving the sun to see the extravaganza. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    Finding a good place to enjoy the pooram is a must, as these people will tell you. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    The street side vendors. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    The pooram holds a unique place in the festival calendar in the state and many people from across the globe make it a point to be there. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    These travelers are in Thrissur for the Pooram. And they strike a pose. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    These masks, known as the 'Baahubali' masks are a huge hit at the street side shops this year. Photo: Rahul R Pattom

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    The procession from Kanimangalam Sastha temple is the first to arrive at the Swaraj Ground. Photo: Jeejo John

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    This is followed by the other constituent poorams - or the cheru poorams as they are known arrive to pay their obeisance at the Vadakkumnatha Temple. Photo: Jeejo John

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    The pooram from Laloor temple. Photo: Jeejo John

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    The cheru pooram from Karamukku temple. Photo: Jeejo John

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    The pooram from Chembukkavu. Photo: Jeejo John

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Pooram and the four doors of the Vadakkumnatha temple

By noon, the two goddesses - from Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady bid adieu to each other in a very touching ritual known as the Upacharam Cholli Piriyal. They thank each other for participating and the lord Vadakkumnathan for hosting them for the Pooram. They part  - with a promise to meet again next year. The festival ends with the two goddesses going back to their respective temples and another display of fireworks. 

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