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Athachamayam FestivalTripunithura located in Ernakulam dstrict of Kerala state, India is famous for Athachamayam festival. Tourists from different parts of the world are attracted to Kerala during this Athachamayam festival. This is usually held before the starting of harvest festival of Kerala, which is the Onam. Floral carpets as well as colorful processions are all part of this famous Athachamayam festival. In general we can say that the beginning of Onam festival in Kerala is marked by the Athachamayam festival that is held in Thripunithura of Kerala state, India. Another fact is that chingam month falls either in August/September. I hope all Malayalees are familiar with this fact. So remember that on the Atham day of chingam, this famous Athachamayam festival starts. In 2011, the famous Athachamayam festival is celebrated on 31 August while 9 September is considered as the thiruvonam day. The importance of Athachamayam festival is that it is celebrated to commemorate the victory of Kochi Maharaja. Every festival is associated with certain legends.
Likewise the Athachamayam festival of Thripunithura is also related to a legend. In simple terms we can say that Thripunithura Athachamayam is celebrated as a tribute to the old days where there was peace, equity as well as prosperity. Do you want to know the legends associated with Athachamyam festival of Kerala? Check out he below points.
Legends associated with Athachamayam festival of KeralaThere are certain legends associated with Athachamayam festival of Kerala. In the earlier days the Maharajas of Kochi had a rule that they should travel with their whole group to the Thripunithura fort. So the people utilized this occasion to see their king very close. But some people believe that the Kochi Maharaja undertook an Athachamayam march to the Thrikkakara Vamana temple from Thripunithura. Actually these marches were made to show the splendor & glory of the king.
Athachamayam festival & its art formsThere are different art forms associated with this Athachamayam festival. Some of them are decorated elephants, musicians, theyyam, panchavadyam, karakattam, mayilattam, chendamelam, pambamelam, ammankudam, pulikali, aattakavadi etc. Among the above mentioned art forms, pulikali is known in different names like tiger dance or kaduvakali. I know all Malayalees are familiar with these terms. But theyyam is an important art form of Kerala that is commonly seen in the northern regions of Kerala. The interesting fact regarding theyyam is that it is also known in other names like Theyyattam or Thira. Apart from all these points, theyyam is considered as a corrupt form of God & people seek blessings from this theyyam considering itself as a God. Mayilattam is an important dance that requires good training & practice.
As the name indicates, I hope most people have got an idea regarding the mayilattam dance. The persons who perform this mayilattam dance have to wear costumes of a peacock with beak, from head to toe. These beaks will be closed & opened using a thread so that the dance resembles that of a mayil. Panchavadyam is a famous temple art form of Kerala state, India. Actually panchavadyam means an orchestra of five instruments that include Kombu, maddalam, timila, idakka & ilathalam respectively. There is an interesting fact associated with karakattam. The persons perform this art form by placing a karagam (pot) on their head. An unavoidable musical instrument used for the cultural programmes of Kerala is known as chenda. So remember that chendamelam is related to the instrument chenda. Ammankudam is a ritual dance performed by devotees of Bhagavathy or Mari Amman. I hope most people may have noticed this ammankudam. In this art form the performers do a balancing play by placing the pots on their heads. Remember that these pots are usually filled with sacred substances. Cultural competitions & entertainment activites are held as a part of Athachamyam festival.
How to reach Trripunithura?
We can easily reach Tripunithura by means of air, rail as well as road ways etc. The nearest airport is Cochin International Airport which is located 28kms from Thripunithura. Also note that Thripunithura Railway Station is the closest railway station. A main bus stand is located in the centre of Tripunithura. The Ernakulam- Ettumanoor State Highway passes through this place so that persons residing in those places can easily reach Tripunithura.