Venue: Peruvanam Temple
vCome April, be present at the Peruvanam Temple in Cherpu to witness a grand festival which has a history of around 1,400 years. The Peruvanam Pooram, a spectacular festival celebrated at the temple dedicated to Lord Shiva assumes significance because of it antiquity.
It is believed that the present sree kovil (sanctum sanctorum) was originally a tree where Lord Shiva did tapas (meditation). It is said that the original form of the festival differed from what it is today. There was a break in its conduct, the reasons of which are unknown. The festival saw resurgence in the form of two spectacular poorams- the Peruvanam Pooram and Arattupuzha Pooram.
An impressive procession, carrying the deity atop a caparisoned elephant to the accompaniment of traditional percussion ensemble, is taken out during the festival. A highlight is the four-hour long panchari melam (traditional Kerala percussion ensemble) starting past midnight which is followed by a spellbinding display of fireworks.
Getting thereNearest railway station: Thrissur, about 14 km
Nearest airport: Cochin International Airport, about 58 km from Thrissur
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.