This is the oldest pooram (temple festival) in all of Kerala, the Arattupuzha Pooram is held at the Sree Sastha Temple in Thrissur for a period of seven days each year. The main celebrations which attract huge number of spectators is of the last two days. Which happened on March 28th and 29th this year. Believers say that at this 'conclave', all Gods and Goddesses gather during the time period of the Pooram. As many as 23 deities from different temples in Thrissur are brought here and worshipped which makes for a stunning visual in itself. Known as the ‘Mother of all Poorams’, its festivities are among the finest seen in Kerala as they represent such a wide variety of traditions from around the State. Mighty elephants with their mahouts can be seen walking through the streets while the beats of the chenda (drum) and Kuzhal (wind instrument) dictate the pace of the crowd. Wave upon wave of people stream around the place with an assortment of folk art performances taking place at once.