Amidst uncertainty, it is being said that Thrissur pooram will be celebrated will all its gaiety. Kerala government has on today said that all necessary steps will be taken for the smooth conduct of the festival. The UNESCO has adjudged Pooram as the "most spectacular festival event on the planet".
People cutting across religions and politics protested against the restrictions imposed on the festival. The state Forest Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan has withdrawn an order issued by his department imposing curbs on elephant procession - a major attraction of the Pooram. The tradition was initiated 200 years ago by renowned King of Kochi kingdom, Sakthan Thampuran.
"There will be no such restrictions for this year's Pooram. We will ensure all necessary steps for a smooth conduct of the festival," Radhakrishnan said.
Kerala High Court had on Tuesday banned the use of high-decibel fireworks in the night in the backdrop of the Puttingal Temple fire tragedy in Kollam. "We will not take any risk. If there is no fireworks, we will have to abandon this national festival," K Manoharan, President of the Paramekkavu Devaswom, had said.
“The district administration has decided to give sanction to hold Thrissur Pooram fireworks. Sanction will be given after completing all official formalities necessary for such events,” the official told.