Thrissur

<p>The cultural capital of Kerala, Thrissur is synonymous with the world famous and spectacular Pooram Festival. The abode of several prominent cultural centers including the Kerala Kalamandalam, Sahitya Academy, and Sangeetha Nataka Academy, Thrissur has an extraordinarily rich past as well as a vibrant present. From ancient times, this district with its cultural heritage and archaeological wealth has played a significant role in the political history of South India. Many rulers and dynasties beginning with the Zamorins of Kozhikode, Tipu Sultan of Mysore and Europeans including the Dutch and the British have had a hand in molding the destiny of this region. Raja Rama Varma popularly known as Sakthan Thampuran is the architect of the present Thrissur town. The district is famous for its ancient temples, churches, and mosques. Thrissur Pooram is the most colorful and spectacular temple festival in Kerala.The town is built around a hillock, crowned by the famous Vadakkumnathan (Siva) Temple. The temple is a classic example of Kerala style of architecture and houses several sacred shrines. Malik Bin Deenar and 20 others who were the followers Muhammad, the founder of Islam, first landed in Kodungallur in Thrissur district when they came to India. Islam received royal patronage in some places here and later spread to other parts of India. He built the mosque Cheraman Juma Masjid there in the shape of a Hindu temple. It is generally considered to be the second oldest mosque in the world after the one at Medina.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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