The Kerala government will decide on convening the Thrissur Pooram this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Thrissur District Collector S Shanavas informed that special permission will be sought from the Kerala government with a limited number.
According to reports, the state government decided to intervene after the Thiruvambady-Paramekkavu Devaswom boards and the district administration could not reach an agreement despite holding multiple talks. The district administration reportedly turned down the Devaswom boards’ request to hold the Pooram as per the traditions.
Reportedly, on Friday, S Shanavas informed that a detailed report on holding the Thrissur Pooram with limited public participation would be submitted to the state government. The Devaswom board agreed to hold the festival with limited public participation but refused to reduce rituals. The district administration also said that if the number of elephants are not reduced then it will become difficult to control the crowd. With Kerala seeing a decline in Covid-19 cases and the vaccination underway, it is still risky to hold the Pooram without Covid-19 restrictions.
Another meeting will be held at the collectorate on March 9 to decide on the number of elephants to be paraded at the Pooram.
Last month, it was announced that the Thrissur Pooram is likely to take place at the Vadakkunnathan Shiva temple in Thrissur district on April 23, 2021. Minister VS Sunil Kumar said that considering the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, a final decision would be taken.
“A final decision would be taken after studying the Covid-19 situation in the state,” said Kumar, adding that a committee will be formed to study the Covid-19 situation. The committee will study the situation and submit a final report to the state government for final approval. “If we get the approval, the Thrissur Pooram celebrations will be conducted grandly,” Kumar added.