Popular tusker Thechikottukavu Ramachandran today heralded Thrissur Pooram festivities on Sunday morning, opening the doors south gate of the Vadakkunathan temple before a seething multitude.
This was also the closing of the controversies relating to parading the one-eyed blind elephant after a medical board declared the elephant fit for being paraded. The District Collector made it clear that the tusker would have a limited role in the ritual of merely opening the south gate doors. Elephant owners had said their elephants would not be given for pooram festivities if the ban on Thechikottukavu Ramachandran was not lifted.
The elephant was taken to Thekkinkadu maidan in a vehicle around 9.30 on Sunday and from there to the temple under tight security. Barricades were set up to keep people at a distance of at least 10m from the South gate.
The time allotted was just one hour. Immediately after the heralding of the Pooram, the elephant was taken back.
It could be the controversy as also it being a holiday today that saw a tumultuous crowd gather for the ritual.