1400 + Years of Celebrations – Movie on Arattupuzha Pooram | 05 April 2020


Welcome to the Arattupuzha Pooram one of the oldest temple festivals of the world. Year after year thousands throng to Arattupuzha, a small village in Thrissur district to celebrate the Arattupuzha Pooram. It has been a 1400 years since the inception of the Pooram. But the fervour, devotion and passion of the celebrations have not waned. The Pooram celebrated in the Malayalam month of Meenam, lasts for a period of seven days and is considered to be the meeting of God’s. Believers say that at this
conclave 33 crore gods and goddesses and other divine beings who find mention in the Hindu mythology gather. Known as the Mother of all Poorams as many as 23 deities from different temples in Thrissur participate in this festival. Triprayar Thevar who leads the Pooram
festival is the main deity of the Triprayar Temple. Festivities for the Pooram begin with the Kodiyettam or the flag hoisting ceremony. The same ritual takes place in each of
the participating temples as well. At Arattupuzha the Kodiyettam takes place on Makariyam asterism and for this the trunk of an areca palm tree is chiseled to perfection and decorated well before being used as the flagstaff. This marks the beginning of the Pooram festival. The very first ritual held is the Pooram Purappadu or the announcement of Pooram. Lord Shasta arrives on an elephant’s
back sounds decoration with the accompaniment of Kuthuvilakku to the border of the village to announce the festival. The submission of the Thiruvayudham or holy weapon is one of the main ceremonies. Specially made and decorated bows, arrows, swords and shields are submitted before Lord Shasta. The procession of the Lord continues with the accompaniment of these weapons. Another important ritual held is the Thiruvathira Vilakku. It is held on the very next day of the Kodiyettam. Held early in the morning Lord Shasta is accompanied by caparisoned elephants
for this ritual. The main attraction of the Thiruvathira Vilakku is the elaborate musical ensemble conducted in accordance with tradition. Detailed Keli recitation will be followed by Kombu Pattu, Kuzhal Pattu, and finally ends with Panchari Melam, the traditional Kerala Orchestra. In the following days Lord Shasta goes visiting the neighboring temples. According to the
tradition many other ceremonies are held in the participating temples. The Chaalukeeral, Kurukkan Kulathile Aarattu of Triprayar Thevar are some among them Tharakkal pooram is held on the eve of the pooram day. It starts by 6:00 p.m. The major crowd puller of Tharakkal Pooram is the musical ensemble led 150 musicians. The Goddess of Oorakam accompanied by melam and Thottippaal by Panchavadyam arrives for the pooram. Around midnight, Lord Shasta sets off for the procession to other temples. On the day of pooram, Lord Sastha returns to the Arattupuzha Temple at 4 p.m. in the evening and poojas and other rituals follow his arrival. At dusk, the Triprayar Thevar sets out for the pooram by crossing the river. and the Lord who soon will be the
leading deity of the Pooram will be welcomed with love and devotion by the devotees. The journey of Thevar for Arattupuzha Pooram is one of the most beautiful spectacles of the pooram festivities. After the daily rituals, Lord Shasta sets
out again for the Pooram festival by around 6:00 p.m. in the evening. Then Panchari Melam, the percussion orchestra which showcases the performance of around 250 gifted artists takes place. This particular percussion performance is regionally known as “Sasthavinte Melam”. Once the melam ends, Lord Shasta goes to the paddy
fields in search Triprayar Thevar When the Lord returns from the paddy fields he positions himself in the Nilapaduthara or the ground in which pooram takes place, as a host of the pooram festivities. Processions of other Gods
and Goddesses joins Lord Shasta in the Nilapaduthara. Thriprayar Thevar, who leads the pooram, arrives at midnight. He arrives with the accompaniment of eleven elephants and the Panchavadyam. Later when he proceed to Pooram, the percussion changes to Pandi Melam and 10 more tuskers will join the troupe. After this, gods and goddesses assemble with the accompaniment of 71 elephants. This conclave of gods and goddess is known as ‘Koottiyezhunnallippu”, and is one of the grand spectacles of the Arattupuzha Pooram. During the course of Melam around 2:00
in the morning Arattu or holy bath ritual will begins at the nearby river ghat. Popularly known as Mandaram Kadavu Arattu, this is one of the last important rituals held as part of Pooram festival. Pisharikkal Bhagavathy is the first deity to perform Araattu, followed by other goddesses. It can be said that there is no other Arattu festival where deities and worshippers in such numerous
numbers take part together in a ceremonial bath. The musical ensemble continues till
sunrise. When Thriprayar Thevar starts off for Aarattu, Arattupuzha Sastha accompanies him. The last ceremony is the circumambulation after this the deities
depart. Known as Upcharam Chollal or the leave-taking ceremony by the gods and
goddesses, the ritual is done by the elephants who symbolically bid adieu by
raising their trunks. The number of salutes is different for different deities. The Goddess of Orakkam and Cherppu and Triprayar Thever will be accompanied by Lord Shasta to the paddy fields. Gramabali or blessing ceremony takes place on the day of Arattu. It is believed that Lord Shasta travels across the length and breadth of the village and showers his blessing and
promise to save the villagers. The festival concludes with the return of
Lord Shasta to the temple sanctum sanctorum. Thus ends the year’s Pooram
celebration with the kodiyirakkam, or dismounting of the flag.

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