Wednesday, May 6, 2009

THRISSUR Pooram - May 2009

Pictures of Kudamattam, the frequently - changing display of colorful parasols by the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu Devaswoms, in progress at the Thekkinkad Maidan in Thrissur on Sunday, 3rd May 2009.
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Delightful procession of mighty tuskers decorated with glimmering silk and golden adornments, carrying the deities of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples is the most interesting element  of this renowned festival of central Kerala, India.
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Tusker Thiruvambady Sivasundar carried the ‘Thidumbu' of Thiruvambady temple, while the tusker Kuttankulangara Arjunan carried the 'Thidambu' of Paramekkavu Bhagavathi during the main processions.
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The ‘elanjithara melam’ unparalleled so far in temple festivals, producing a symphony beyond worlds and the hour-long divine durbar of ‘kudamattam’ competition atop 30 mighty tuskers in the afternoon, offered a marvelous feast of art, culture and tradition to the large crowd gathered here to witness this decade old practice. The crowd cheered as each set of parasols is displayed atop the array of  caparisoned elephants.
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