Thrissur or ‘Thiru-shiva-peroor’, is named after Shiva and is the ‘Cultural Capital’ of Kerala. It has been of great religious and cultural significance for many centuries.
Vadakkunathan (Siva) Temple
This ancient shrine atop a hillock in the heart of the town is believed to be founded by legendary sage Parasurama. It is built in Kerala style and is one of the largest temples of Kerala. The temple has an amazing Mahalingam concealed under a huge mound of ghee, which is offered to the deity as a ritual. Miraculously the ghee never melts or emits any smell, even in the hot climate of Thrisur. The temple is also associated with the great sage Adi Shankaracharya, who is said to have spent his last days over here. Pooram festival (April – May) celebrated at the shrine is the main attraction of Thrissur. The Elephant Umbrella competition during this time is spectacular. Beautifully decorated elephants adorned with ceremonial umbrellas carry the deity on a chariot around the main temple. Excellent fireworks are on display during the celebration.
Martha Mariam Big Church
The grand church built in 1815, is noted for its exquisite carvings. It is a must visit site in the town.
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It is famous for the colourful festival of Arattupuzha Pooram held every year in the month of Meenam (March – April). During the festival, the deities of 46 temples from the neighbourhood villages are brought at night in colourful processions on rows of caparisoned elephants to the local temple of Lord Sastha.
It is famous for the Kerala Kala Mandalam, established by poet Sri Vallathol Narayana Menon I 1930. The centre imparts training in various traditional art forms like Kathakali, Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam, Thullai etc. Various instrumental and vocal art forms are also taught here.
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