Chinga Masam or Chingam Month is the first month in traditional Malayalam calendar of Kerala. In 2013, Chinga Masam starts on August 17 and ends on 16 September. Malayalam calendar or Kolla Varsham begins on Chingam 1 or the first day of the Chingam month.
Chingam month 1 marks the beginning of Kolla Varsham 1189 (Malayalam calendar 2013-2014). Onam or Thiruonam is the biggest of all festivals of Chingam month as well as of all festivals in Kerala.
Chinga Masam corresponds with Tamil month of Avani masam. In 2013, Chingam month coincides with Shravan Month and Bhadrapada month in Marathi, Telugu, Gujarati, and Kannada panchanga. Bengali month of Bhadra Mash is the corresponding month of Malayalam Chingam month. In Hindi calendars, mostly it corresponds with Bhadrapada Month in 2013.