Uthralikkavu Pooram is a festival held at Shri Rudhiramahakalikav temple situated at Wadackanchery in Thalappilly taluk of Thrissur district in Kerala. The temple is famed for its Pooram festival held during February / March every year.
The Uthralikkavu festival is conducted during early summer every year. The festival flag-hoisting (koTiyEtam) takes place on the second Tuesday of Kumbha , the month of the Malayalam Kollam era. (This is the same day that another important local festival, Machadu Mamankam takes place. Towards the end of following seven days, on next Tuesday, as part of the valedictory functions, the actual Pooram is conducted.
This eight-day celebration includes day and night procession of elephants. Traditional musical ensembles like the Panchavadyam and the Pandimelam form the backdrop of these processions. Further, the festival gives a unique opportunity to the visitors as they get a chance to experience the myriad temple and folk art forms of Kerala.
Apart from the elephant procession, at Uthralikkavu, there also held are Kuthira Vela (a procession with wooden horse) and a variety of such other events dedicated by various communities. One of the crucial components of pooram is the set of percussion orchestra (Panchavadyam, Melam etc.). Particularly, 'naTappura' (നടപ്പുര) panchavadyam is a noteworthy session of percussion performance by the leading Panchavadyam artists of Central Kerala.
It is the second biggest fireworks after Nenmara Vallangi Vela. The most spectacular show during the Pooram is the magnificent and thunderous fireworks that takes place during the early morning hours of succeeding day (typically at 4:00 am). The fireworks is of a class of its own among such fireworks shows of Kerala temple festivals. The peculiar landscape (of being a low valley surrounded by many hills) adds extra reverberation and reinforcement to the already well-engineered explosive sounds produced. The show is enjoyed by tens of thousands of people gathered from various parts of the state. Nenmara Vallangi Vela is also celebrated like poorams and it is famous for the fireworks.