Decorated elephants, emphatic drum beats mark temple festival in Kerala

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Thrissur, April 30 (ANI): Emphatic drum beats marked the opening of Thrissur Pooram – an annual Hindu festival – in Kerala state. The festival is popular with locals for the elephant parade where hundreds of tuskers decorated with traditional caparisons offer a visual treat to the devotees. The festival attracts foreign tourists from far off countries because of its rich tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Photographers have a field day capturing the colourful rituals. Held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Kerala’s Thrissur city, the festival is celebrated on the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam, generally between April and May. Devotees offer prayers to Hindu goddesses Durga and Kali with great pomp and splendour. The festival spans over two days.

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