Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu festival held in Kerala India. It is the most famous celebration which is held every year in the month of Pooram.
This festival usually starts with flag hoisting and on the fourth day after the flag hoisting, there is a special event of a firework display.
It is a one hour show where fireworks are displayed in different patterns and entertains in and around people with much fervour
The main Pooram starts in the early morning with a large display of elephants which are decorated with ornaments and peacock feathers. This is a grandeur way of displaying elephants in front of the temple with drums, trumpet, Madhalam and etc.
More than 200 artists participate in this event and start the festival with much devotion. It had all the ingredients of a suspense thriller with even the Kerala High Court intervening.
Finally, after an early morning medical check-up, 'Thechikottukavu Ramachandran', 54-year-old tusker, on Saturday was cleared to symbolically push open the southern entrance of Thrissur's Vadakkumnathan temple on Sunday morning to signal the start of the 'Thrissur Pooram' festivities.
According to the order, the tusker will arrive at the temple premises and push open the temple door as part of the rituals. It will stay at the premises for one hour (9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.) and has to be accompanied by four mahouts. The tusker will stand in a 10-meter barricaded area and people would be kept away from him.
With this, the issue has been resolved. The Elephant Owners' Federation has also withdrawn its decision to not allow their elephants to take part in festivities.
Things came to a head on May 8, when the federation, the only body of owners of captive elephants in the state, criticized Kerala Forest Minister K. Raju's decision not to allow tuskers take part in festivities as it had killed seven people in the past.
The federation then announced that it would not allow its elephants to take part in festivals. It came as a dampener to the keenly watched Thrissur Pooram festivities, which include the parading of more than 50 elephants and fireworks.
To iron out differences and resolve the issue, state ministers held an emergency meeting with the federation. On Friday, the Kerala High Court put the onus on the state government if tuskers should take part in festivities or not.
On Saturday morning, Ramachandran underwent an hour-long check-up by a veterinarians' team. The team cleared him as "fit for all activities" and submitted a report to Anupuma, who then decided to allow the pachyderm to do the job that he has been doing since 2014.
Speaking to the media, R. Chandran, President of the Thechikottukavu Devasom, owner of Ramachandran, said rules were very clear. If any elephant misbehaved, the responsibility would be that of the elephant owner, he added.
"Yes, Raman (Ramachandran) had some issues before, but he is loved by all. Following a high court directive, since 2014 he is guided by four mahouts. Since he has a vision problem with his right eye, the high court has directed that a mahout be posted on the right side when Raman moves around," said Chandran.
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