Athachamayam is a cultural fiesta which provides one the rare opportunity to witness almost all the folk art forms of Kerala. It is a grand celebration which marks the beginning of the ten-day Onam Festival. Every year on the Atham asterism of the Malayalam month ofChingam (roughly August/September), Thripunithura, near Kochi, bears witness to this legendary ceremony which commemorates the victory of the Raja (King) of Kochi. There is a magnificent procession representing that of the King and his entourage. It is accompanied by caparisoned elephants, floats, musical ensembles and a variety of folk art forms.
In Kerala, festival dates are decided in accordance with the Malayalam calendar and the local traditions and customs. We have calculated the festival dates based on these. But there can be changes in the dates according the customs and rituals associated with each place of worship. As such, these should be considered only as approximate dates and have to be confirmed with the local authorities.