Monday, 31 July 2017

CHANDRAPUR – CHANDA - REMEMBRANCES OF AN ANCIENT TRIBAL KINGDOM

Chandrapur or Chanda as known earlier is the headquarters of Chandrapur District of Maharashtra state, India. It is also nicknamed as Black Gold City because of the coal mines located here. Tadoba National Park (Tiger Reserve) is also in the same district.

Though the area was originally inhabited by Tribal / Adivasi people belonging to Gond Community, now the town part is of modern look. Gond/Gondi community is Adivasi people of central India, spread over the present States of Madhya Pradesh, eastern part of Maharashtra (Vidarbha) and Chhattisgarh – earlier known as Madhya Bharat with Nagpur as the capital. Tribes as a whole in India have no cast system and have their own form of worship, rules and regulations. But now many of them are influenced by outsiders and adopted modern way of life.

Chandrapur is also considered to be the single place where the Tribe community who captured power from intruders and had their own fort and other establishments. The remains are still existing. Some photographs are here.

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Sunday, 30 April 2017

THRISSUR POORAM (festival), KERALA

Thrissur pooram is a main festival celebrated in the Thrissur (Trichur) town which is the headquarters of Thrissur district. The main attraction of the festival is the decorated elephant procession, colourful fireworks, and various instrumental music. Earlier, Arattupuzha pooram was the final point of all poorams in the region ruled by the Kochi Raja(King). But unfortunately one year the Thrissur pooram procession could not move to Arattupuzha because of heavy rain. Then the King ordered that henceforth, the Pooram would be held at Thrissur itself. The present name of Thrisur is derived from the earlier name Thrissivaperoor associated with the main deity Lord Siva of the Temple around which the Pooram is celebrated. The date of Thrissur pooram is calculated according to the Malayalam calendar and hence normally it comes in the month of April-May,

Associated with the Thrissur Pooram, there are various other activities. Thrissur Pooram Exhibition is one among them. In this exhibition many people are involved. Many organisations exhibit their activities. Many people come here from far away states to sell their products.

Thrissur is almost in the middle of Kerala and also known as the cultural capital of Kerala.


Few days before and after the Pooram festival, there is heavy rush in the city. So advance booking of accommodation is desirable for those who are coming from far away places.

Thrissur is connected to all over India by rail and road. Kochi and Kozhikode air ports are nearest for air travel.



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Thursday, 2 February 2017

SREE RAMA TEMPLE THRIPRAYAR, THRISSUR - KERALA

Thriprayar Temple is a very famous and ancient temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is also one of the temple included in the Nalambalam [Four Temples - Sree Rama Temple, Thriprayar – Koodalmanikyam (Sree Bharata) Temple, Irinjalakuda - Sree Lakshmana Temple, Moozhikkulam - Sree Shathruknha Temple, Payammal] pilgrimage of Hindu religion. ‘Thriprayar Ekadasi’ is the main festival and very famous.
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It is on the west bank of Canoly Canal (Thriprayar) situated at the boundary of Valapad and Nattika Panchayaths in Thrissur District of Kerala. It is conveniently connected by road NH-17 Panvel-Edapally National Highway and almost in the midway of the famous Guruvayur Temple and Kodungallur Temple. Frequent buses are also available from Thrissur which is connected by Rail from all over India.

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Other nearby pilgrimage centres are:- St. Thomas Church, Palayur established by St. Thomas, Marthoma Pontifical Shrine at Azhikode where St. Thomas first landed in India in A.D.52, Cheraman Palli (Juma Masjid), Kodungallur – first Masjid in India built in A.D.629.

Thriprayar Temple - ordinary day

Thriprayar Temple - Ekadasi festival nig