Traffic will be regulated in the town for two days
All arrangements are in place for Thrissur Pooram to be celebrated on Thursday. Lakhs of people will throng the Thekkinkadu maidan, Swaraj Round, and the adjacent lanes on Pooram Day.
Pooram brings together people cutting across barriers of religion, caste and communities. Unique in its spectacle, rituals and participation, Thrissur Pooram attracts large masses of devotees and spectators from across the world. Braving the scorching heat, hundreds of tourists flock the Pooram grounds. The festival gives them an opportunity to get a taste of Kerala's tradition and culture.
Hotel owners in the city maintain that the tourist inflow has been less this time.
The District Tourism Promotion Council has made special arrangements for the tourists to watch the Pooram celebrations.
Elephant lovers thronged the Thekkinkadu maidan on Wednesday afternoon as Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady temples exhibited the elephants to be paraded on Pooram day. The District Animal Husbandry Department conducted a medical check-up for the elephants to be paraded for the pooram.
Hundreds witnessed the ‘chamaya pradarsanam' organised by the devaswoms, which displayed elephant accoutrements and parasols.
Three decorated ‘pandals' have been set up in the Swaraj Round. Thiruvambady Devaswom's ‘pandals' have been built at Naduvilal and Naikkanal. Paramekkavu Devaswom's ‘pandal' is located at Manikantanal.
Veteran percussionist Annamanada Parameswara Marar will lead Panchavadyam, to be presented at the “Madathil Varavu” ceremony on Thursday. Percussion maestro Kizhkkoot Aniyan Marar will lead Thiruvambady's Pandimelam. Veteran musician Peruvanam Kuttan Marar will lead the Ilanjithara Melam, held inside the Vadakkunatha Temple.
Elephants Thiruvambady Sivasundar and Kuttankulangara Arjunan will bear the idols of the deities of the Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples respectively.
Traffic will be regulated in Thrissur town on Thursday and Friday. Entry to Thekkinkad Maidan will be restricted during the pyrotechnic display.
Meanwhile, security in the city has been tightened ahead of Thrissur Pooram. As many as 3,137 police personnel have been deployed for security.