Festivals in India

An exquisite display of Kerala’s ancient traditions, Kerala Temple Festivals are best known for their temple elephants – adorned with riches, mounded with idols of Hindu gods, and paraded in vibrant countryside processions – a feast for culture seekers and photographers. Held between February and April, the festivities at each temple last for 8-10 days, and vary in flavor and magnitude with the legends associated with the deity presiding over the temple.The Thrissur Pooram festival, held at the Vadakkumnathan temple in Thrissur (a small town in South Kerala) in the months of April or May (exact dates vary by the temple calendar), is the biggest of temple festivals, involving 60-100 elephants, a temple orchestra of 300-400 musicians, and over 300,000 visitors! This sensory treat, complete with special lighting and displays across town, takes over Thrissur with all-night-long festivities that include pulsating street processions, lavish fireworks, traditional prayer ceremonies, colorful floats, and much revelry.