Thrissur Pooram Exhibition

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Thrissur Pooram Exhibition
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Entrance of Thrissur Pooram Exhibition in Thekkinkadu Maidan
GenreAgricultural Exhibition
DatesLast week in May
Location(s) Thrissur City, Kerala
Years active1932 – present
Website http://thrissurpooramfestival.com/thrissur_pooram.html

Thrissur Pooram Exhibition or commonly known as the All India Agricultural, Industrial, Educational and Cultural Exhibition is an exhibition organised jointly by Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple Devaswom and Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple Devaswom, ahead of Thrissur Pooram in Thekkinkadu Maidan in Thrissur city. It is usually conducted over a period of 40 to 50 days during the Thrissur Pooram.The exhibition is the largest in Kerala in terms of attendance and floor space. [1] [2] [3]

Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple temple in India

Paramekkavu Bagavathi Temple is one of the largest Bagavathi temples in Kerala located in Thrissur City. Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple is one of the two rival groups participating in Thrissur Pooram, which is the biggest festival in South India and Kerala. The Paramekkavu temple devaswom have a school known as Paramekkavu Vidya Mandir at MLA road near Kutoor and one KG section near to the temple itself.

Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple

Thiruvambadi Sri Krishna Temple is a Hindu temple in the city of Thrissur in Kerala, India. The main deities of this temple are Lord Krishna in the form of a child, and Goddess Bhadrakali, both having equal importance. There are sub-shrines for Lord Ganesha, Lord Sastha and Brahmarakshas, and there is a sub-temple for Lord Ganesha behind the temple. The temple is one of the two rival groups participating in the Thrissur Pooram, which is the biggest local festival in Kerala. Bhagavad Gita chanting makes the temple alive. Every day the Devaswom gives free lunch to people.

Thrissur Pooram Festival

Thrissur Pooram is an annual Hindu festival held in Kerala, India. It is held at the Vadakkunnathan Temple in Thrissur every year on the Pooram day - the day when the moon rises with the Pooram star in the Malayalam Calendar month of Medam. It is the largest and most famous of all poorams.

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History

The exhibition was organised by the youths in freedom fighters in Thrissur City. It was started in 1932 and was known as Swadeshi Exhibition till 1947. Later Thrissur Municipal Corporation took over the event till 1967 and was known as All India Agricultural, Industrial and Educational Exhibition. In 1963 Thrissur Municipal Corporation handed over the exhibition to Paramekkavu and Thiruvambadi Devaswoms. From the next year onwards, it was renamed as Thrissur Pooram Exhibition. [4]

Thrissur Municipal Corporation

The Thrissur Municipal Corporation is the civic body that governs the Thrissur city in Kerala, India. It is the third largest city Corporation in the state of Kerala by area and population. Established as a Municipality since 1921 under the Cochin Municipal Regulations, it is responsible for civic infrastructure and administration; the distribution of electricity and water for Thrissur city. The Corporation manages 101.42 km of Thrissur city limits of through 55 wards through five zones Ayyanthole, Vilvattom, Ollukkara, Ollur and Koorkanchery.

Participating companies

Major participating companies include private and Government companies and departments. Some are Oushadhi, Coir Board, Kerala Police, Kerala Excise, Indian Railways, All India Radio, Bharat Petroleum, Bharat Electronics, Bharat Earth Movers, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Kerala Forest Department, Food Corporation of India, Coconut Development Board, Hindustan Newsprint Limited, Kerala Agricultural University, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, Indian Income-tax Department, Department of Industries (Kerala), Kerala State Pollution Control Board, Indian Space Research Organisation, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, and Jubilee Mission Medical College and Research Institute [5] [6]

Oushadhi

Oushadhi or Pharmaceutical Corporation Kerala Ltd is an Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing company situated in Kuttanellur, in Thrissur City of Kerala state. It is a 100% Government of Kerala owned company and produces around 450 ayurvedic formulations.

Kerala Police

The Kerala State Police is the state police for the Indian state of Kerala, and is responsible for statewide law enforcement. The Kerala State Police was formed in 1956 after the taluk of Kasargod in the South Canara district of Madras Presidency, the Malabar district of Madras Presidency, and Travancore-Cochin, without four southern taluks, merged to form the state of Kerala under the States Reorganisation Act. Kerala Police has its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital with Kerala Police Academy in Thrissur that runs full-term basic courses for sub-inspectors, Armed Police Constables, Women constables, Police Drivers and Telecommunication Police Constables. The head of the state police is the Director General of Police (DGP). The current D.G.P. is Lokanath Behera, IPS. The D.G.P. reports to the Chief Minister of Kerala, who is the chief executive of the state.

Kerala Excise

The Kerala State Excise is the law enforcement agency for excise in state of Kerala, India. Kerala Excise has its headquarters in Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital. The department administers laws related to liquor, narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, medicinal preparations containing alcohol and narcotics. The Kerala Excise Academy and Research Centre, Trissur trains the excise officers and that runs full-term basic courses for Exicse Inspectors, Exicse Preventive Officers, Civil Exicse Officers, Women Civil Exicse Officers and Exicse Drivers. The head of the state excise is the Director General of Police (DGP)/Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) rank officer. The current commissioner of Exicse is Ananthakrishnan, IPS. The Exicse Commissioner reports to the Exicse Minister of Kerala, who is the chief executive of the state.

Ticket price

In 2012, the ticket cost Rs 5 but increased in 2013 to Rs 10. On Pooram day it will cost Rs 15. The exhibition will be open from 10 AM to 9 PM in the evening. Around 188 stalls and 80 pavilions have been set up in 2013 for the exhibition. There are amusement rides for children and food stalls are also there in the exhibition. The exhibition is managed by a committee comprising nominees of Devaswoms, the Thrissur Municipal Corporation, the Cochin Devaswom Board, representatives of social organisations, Government officials and the public. [7] [8] [9]

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