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Thrissur Pooram 2017 is just round the corner. Being one of Kerala’s most prominent festivals, the state is all set to celebrate it with great pomp as every year. The annual Hindu festival is held at the revered Vadakkunnathan temple in the city of Thrissur on the day of Pooram in the Malayalam calendar month of Medam. Thrissur Pooram celebration includes a huge fleet of caparisoned elephants with their mahouts taking part in an ostentatious procession. The celebrations are characterized by reverberating sounds of the crescendo of panchavadyam (ensemble of five different musical instruments) followed by a dazzling fireworks displays. You may also stand testimony to a brilliant performance of a traditional art form like Puli Kali. Witnessing Thrissur Pooram 2017 celebration in Kerala can be one of the most enriching cultural experiences one can embark upon. ALSO SEE Festivals in India in May 2017 that you should not miss Also Read - Kerala Prison Inmates Dance to Swiggy's Tunes, Open a Restaurant That Now Delivers Chicken Combo Meals
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The hoisting of the ceremonial flag marks the beginning of the Poorams at the participating temples in Kerala. Besides, Parmekavu and Thiruvambady, Kanimangalam, Laloor, Ayyanthole, Nethilakkavu, Karamukku, Chembukavu, Choorakottukavu and Panamukkamppilly are the other participating temples. Pooram of the Medam month is considered to be the most important Pooram of them all. It marks the end of the festivals at all the temples.
While fireworks are a major part of this festival, the government had constituted a committee to frame some guidelines regarding fireworks display after the Puttingal Devi temple fire tragedy that took place last year killing more than 100 people. The committee has passed its verdict permitting the use of fireworks for Thrissur Pooram Festival 2017 under the conditions that no unauthorized chemicals be used in addition to the chemicals showing in test report for any of fireworks display items. The Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) under the Union Commerce Ministry refused to allow the use of dynamite but the use of low decibel firecrackers such as amaittu and olappadakam has been permitted.
The Thiruvambadi and the Paramekkavu Devaswom are expected to be conducting the largest fireworks displays. Like every year, the celebration will be witnessed by thousands of devotees who take Thrissur Pooram celebrations very seriously. NOW SEE Thrissur Pooram: Watch the pomp and pageantry of Kerala
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