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Arattupuzha Pooram, Start of Fireworks Show.

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At midnight the Arattupuzha Pooram fireworks show start, these fierworks are so close that small pieces from them are falling down all around you. The smoke also can get rather thick Along this long dark temple road there are also venders set up selling their goods. It's about a 30 minute walk to where the taxis are parked, but it's a very interesting walk with all of the active all around you. This festival is the oldest and most extravagant of all the poorams celebrated in Kerala, thus is may rightly be called ‘big daddy’ of festivals. The festival is celebrated at the famous Arattupuzha temple in Thrissur district of Kerala. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ayyappa.

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A: Arattupuzha Pooram, Fireworks, Thrissur, Kerala

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G: Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple Pooram, Getting Elephants Ready

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H: Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple Pooram, Torchlight Elephant Close-up

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I: Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple Pooram, High Close-up View of Elephants

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J: Peruvanam Mahadeva Temple Pooram, Musicians and Elephants getting ready

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