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Trichur or Thrissur is a district situated in the central part of Kerala, India. Thrissur district was formed on July 1, 1949. The headquarters of the district has the same name, Thrissur City. It is an important cultural center. The district is famous for its numerous ancient Temples, Churches, and Mosques and "Pooram" festivals. Thrissur Pooram is one of the most colourful and spectacular temple festivals of Kerala. Some famous temples include Guruvayur Sreekrishna Temple, Thriprayar Sreerama Temple, Kodungalloor Bhagavathi Temple, Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikkyam Bharatha Temple, Thiruvilwamala Vilwadrinatha Temple and Thrissur Vadakkumnatha Temple.
Thrissur District had a population of 2,975,440. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Thrissur has an average literacy rate of 86%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; male literacy is 87%, and female literacy is 85%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.Hindus ,Christians and Muslims constitute the bulk of the population of this district.
The Nairs and the Ezhavas are numerically the most dominant Hindu communities of Thrissur. Ambalavasis and Tamil brahmins also form a not so insignificant percentage of the Hindu population.The Scheduled Castes, around 12 % of the population of the district, also form a significant section among the Hindus of the district.
The Catholics - both Syro Malabar and Latin, Jacobites and Chaldeans are the main sections of the Christian Community in the district. Catholics constitute 91% of the Christian population of the district spreading in 5 dioceses namely Thrissur(4,60,000), Irinjalakkuda(2,52,000) and Kottappuram(75,000). Jacobites and Chaldean Syrians constitute the rest. Kunnamkulam, a small town in the northern part of the district is the important center for the Jacobites. Jacobite church (40000 followers counting both factions together) has 2 diocese in the district, namely Kunnamkulam for Orthodox faction and Thrissur for Jacobite faction. Chaldean Syrians spread around Thrissur city with 25000 followers. A church known as Thozhiyoor church has its own headquarters at Guruvayur with 7000 followers.
Muslims live predominantly in the coastal belt, from north Punnayoorkkulam to South Azhikode, of the district.
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