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Thrissur is the land of pooram. Thrissur Pooram, the pooram of all poorams, is in the top of that list. Arattupuzha Pooram, Machadu Mamangam, Kodungallur Bharani are some of the other famous festivals in Thrissur.
 
Thrissur Pooram

Thrissur Pooram is the most spectacular and colourful festival of Kerala. The venue is Vadakkumnathan temple. It is celebrated in the month of April (Medam). Sakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of the erstwhile Cochin State in the late 18th century introduced this festival.

 
Machadu Mamangam
Machadu is situated near Wadakkanchery. Thiruvanikavu Temple is also known as Machattu Vela, which is celebrated in the month of February. This is the annual festival at Thiruvanikavu Temple. Poykuthiras (Horses) in ceremonial processions are the main majesty of this festival. Devotees bring highly decorated Poykuthiras as offering to the deity.
 
Arattupuzha Pooram
The Festival is held during April-May every year after Thrissur pooram. The place name Arattupuzha (Arat means Holy bath and Puzha Means River) because of the deities, "ARAT" (Holy bath) in the river. Highly caparisoned elephants carry forty-one idols from different temples in the neighbourhood village at night in colouful procession to Arattupuzha village, where the deities holy bath (‘ARAT’) is takes place.
 
Uthralikkavu Pooram
The Uthralikkavu Pooram, is one of the most important festivals of Thrissur District. This eight-day long festival is dedicated to Goddess Kali, and is celebrated at the Sree Ruthira Mahakalikavu Temple in Wadakkanchery, usually in the month of February. The temple is located about 20 kilometers away from Thrissur town. The highlight of this festival is the day and night elephant processions. The final day of the festival is celebrated as pooram day. The main attraction of the festival is a massive fireworks display.
 
Kodungallur Bharani
The popular Bharani Utsavam is carried out during March-April (Meenam) for eight days. The devotees coming here wear red colour costumes to see Kodungallur Amma. Kodungallur Thalapoli is also a famous festival of this city, which falls during Dec-Jan every year, witnessed by thousands of devotees.
 
CULTURE
Thrissur, the cradle of culture of Kerala is decorated with Vadakkunnathan (Siva) Temple, from where the name derived. The old name was 'Thrishivaperur' means the place with 'Lord Shiva's name'. The Thrissur Pooram, celebrated during April-May is top on the list of cultural attraction of the city. The Kudamattom (Umbrella Display competition), drum concerts and the spectacular fireworks all add colour to the Pooram celebration. 
The significant culture promoting institutes like Kerala Sahitya Academy, Kerala Sangeetha Nataka Academy and Kerala Lalithakala Academy are head quartered at Thrissur to promote the growth of Malayalam language, literature, dance, music, drama, folk arts, fine arts and artistic heritage of Kerala. The famous Kerala Kalamandalam is also situated in Thrissur District.
Aryabhata, the world famous mathematician and astronomist was believed to be born in Kodungallor. Thrissur give birth to famous thinkers and writers such as Joseph Mundassery, C. Achuthamenon, P. Bhaskaran and many other progressive philosophists. St. Thomas, the renowned Christian missionary and Malik Ibn Deenar, the messenger of Allah were visited Thrissur, who have established Christianity and Islamism respectively in India. Sree Narayana Guru, Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi have visited Thrissur, which helped people to fight against social injustices in the caste-ridden society of Kerala.
Thrissur’s contribution to the field of Science and Technology is also outstanding. The famous Research Institutes like Kerala Forest Research Institute (KFRI, Peechi), Kerala Agriculture University (KAU, Mannuthy) and Amala Cancer Research Institute are standing mainstay in this stream.

 
 
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