Curtains come down on 'Pooram' festival

The curtains came down on the famed 'Pooram' rituals on Tuesday afternoon after the presiding deities from Paramekkavu and Thiruvambady Devi temples 'bid farewell' to Lord Vadkkumnathan, promising that they would meet him next year for 'Pooram'.

A scintillating fireworks display in the wee hours of Tuesday enthralled thousands of people who had gathered at Thekkinkadu ground in front of the Vadakkunnatha temple in Thrissur.

The 36 hour long festivities ended with the processions of Thiruvambady and Paramekkavu temples on Tuesday morning.

There was unprecedented security this time in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan blasts, with around 3,500 police personnel deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the two centuries-old festival.

As part of the security drill, no carry bags were allowed and bomb and dog squads manned the festival area throughout.

People staying in lodges and hotels were kept under surveillance.

The festivities began on May 12 with Kerala's tallest elephant 'Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran' pushing open the southern entrance gate of the ancient temple for the "vilambaram" ritual after District collector T.V Anupama gave the nod for its participation as it cleared a fitness test.