Thekkinkadu Maidan (Malayalam: സ്വരാജ് റൗണ്ട്) is situated in the middle of Thrissur city of Kerala state in India. This 65-acre (260,000 m2) hillock which seats the Vadakkumnathan Temple, is oval shaped open ground: It hosts the pectacular cultural festival Thrissur Pooram. Thekkinkadu Maidan, at the heart of Thrissur city, was constructed by the King of Cochin, Rama Varma Sakthan Thampuran, after destroying the forest around the Vadakkumnatha Temple despite the resistance of Brahmin priests and other orthodox section of people. The whole of the city branches from Thekkinkadu Maidan through nine roads. These roads further form junctions to make the spread of the city a circular one. Encircling the Thekkinkadu Maidan, Swaraj Round surrounds the small hillock on which the Vadakkunnathan Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is built.
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