Year after year thousands throng to Arattupuzha, a small serene village in Thrissur district to celebrate one of the oldest temple gala’s of the world. Arattupuzha Pooram, the Mother of all Pooram gala’s of Kerala is, in fact, the State’s cultural juggernaut. This grand gala of the Sree Sastha Temple believed to be 3000 years ancient unfurls festive colorings all around the State.
While the temple is a historical website online to visit, the pageant delights everyone with the elegance of bejeweled elephants, ordinary percussions, and vivid rituals. As section of the festival, 23 deities from distinctive temples in Thrissur are carried to the Sastha Temple by using the majestic tuskers. This ritual has bestowed the pageant with the title Devamela (The Conclave of Gods).
Who can face up to dancing to the rhythm of the dynamic percussions whilst standing amidst the energetic crowd? Popularly known as Sasthavinte Melam, the percussion orchestra showcases the overall performance of 200 gifted artists. Besides this, the majestic caparisoned tuskers with men atop engaged in the ceremonial display of Muthukudas (sequined umbrellas) and Venchamarams (white tufts) is a sight for sore eyes. The pageant concludes with the Arattu or the ceremonial bathtub of the deity in the nearby river ghat, Mandaram Kadavu.