KERALA

Thousands witness Arattupuzha Pooram

THRISSUR, MARCH 24. Tens of thousands of devotees gathered at Arattupuzha, near here, last night to witness the Arattupuzha Pooram.

The Arattupuzha Pooram is described as `the greatest Devamela on earth.' The `ezhunnellippu' (procession) of the `thidambu' (idol) of the Arattupuzha Sastha included caparisoned elephants and traditional percussionists.

About 250 percussionists, led by Peruvanam Kuttan Marar, presented the Panchari Melam. Display of fireworks followed.

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