Athachamayam 2014 was in water, all wet and tired. I was not able to capture too many shots but I managed to capture some of them when the rain slowed down.
For those of you who do not know what an Athachamayam is, I have included some notes below:
Athachamayam is the start of the ten day Onam festival in Kerala. On this occasion we get a chance to see most of the folk art forms of Kerala. Athachamayam is celebrated each year on the Malayalam month Chingam. This event is celebrated at town of Tripunithura that is a Royal historical place. As I understand, Athachamayam is organized in the memory of the victory of the King of Kochi.
Onam is a harvest festival of Kerala that is celebrated every year and different cultural and social events are organized across the state. Tripunithura Athachamayam features parade of elephants, tableus, folk art forms like Pulikkali, Theyyam, Mailattam, Kavadiyattam and classical dances like Kathakali and Mohiniyattom. There are different group that showcase their performance in Pandimelam and Panchavadyam.
The flag known as the Atham flag is brought from the Vamanamurthy temple in Thrikkakkara, Kochi. It is believed that the people of Thripunithura who are in different parts of the world come to their hometown on this occasion to celebrate Athachamayam, I am not sure about that.
Athachamayam 2014 displayed 18 different items during the celebration, however the glow of the 2014 Athachamayam was damaged due to unexpected rain. I saw the procession moving from statue junction in the morning. While I was ready to witness it, rain rain rain...