'Thrissur Pooram' festival cancelled

The annual 'Thrissur Pooram', billed as the mother of all temple festivals in Kerala, will not be held in the wake of the nationwide lockdown, the Kerala government said.

The iconic festival, known for the parade of richly caparisoned jumbos, performance of traditional music ensembles and a sea of cheering people, was to be held at the sprawling 'Thekkinkadu Maidan' in Thrissur city on May 2.

Agriculture Minister and a legislator from the district V.S Sunil Kumar told media that the state government and members of the two devaswom boards, which organises the festival, held discussions and consulted with the priests and 'unanimously decided' to cancel the 'Pooram'.

"After considering the unusual situation of pandemic we are facing, the state government and the devaswom Boards have unanimously decided to cancel the famous 'Thrissur Pooram' (festival) and will conduct only the necessary rituals," the minister said.

The rituals will be conducted inside the Vadakkunnathan Lord Shiva temple with the participation of five people and devotees will not be allowed inside the temple.