Amid Covid-19 lockdown, 'Thrissur Pooram' cancelled

South India

The Kerala government on Wednesday informed that the Thrissur pooram and other festivities have been cancelled in the wake of extension of the nationwide lockdown to May 3.


‘Thrissur Pooram’, billed as the mother of all temple festivals in Kerala.  This year's festival was scheduled to be held on May 3 at the sprawling Thekkinkadu Maidan in Thrissur city.

The iconic festival, known for the parade of richly caparisoned jumbos, performance of traditional music ensembles, decorations, parasols and a sea of cheering people.

Agriculture Minister and a legislator from the district VS Sunil Kumar told media that the state government and members of the two devaswom boards, which organises the festival, held discussions and consulted with the priests and jointly decided to cancel the Pooram.

As per the report, the rituals will be conducted inside the Vadakkunnathan Lord Shiva temple with the participation of five people and devotees will not be allowed inside the temple.

The pooram was earlier cancelled during many instances, including in 1948 when Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated and then during the Chinese war.

The Pooram exhibition, which usually begins on April 1 and ends in the last week of May, has already been cancelled.

The two-century-old Thrissur Pooram had its origin in 1798, through a royal edict of the then Raja Rama Varma, popularly known as Shakthan Thampuran, a powerful ruler of the erstwhile princely state of Cochin.

The festival is hosted by the Thiruvambadi and Paramelkavu temples on the grounds of the famous Vadakkunnathan temple.

The 21-day lockdown which was slated to end yesterday . However, Prime Minister Modi had announced the extension of the lockdown in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday. 

PM Modi said implementation of the lockdown will be strictly ensured in its second phase and detailed guidelines will be brought out on Wednesday.

According to the latest data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 11,439. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 377.

The total number of active cases in the country is 9756. Meanwhile, 1306 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.


With inputs from PTI

Image credit: East Coast Daily

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