Today, 17 August 2014 Malayalam New Year 1190 (Kollavarsham 2014-2015 begins) in Kerala. It also marks the first day of Chingam Month (Simha Masam) in Malayalam calendar.
Chingam Month 1 marks the transition of Sun to Chingam rasi or Simha rasi (Leo zodiac) from Karkidakam rasi or Karka rasi (Cancer zodiac).
Onam or Thiruvonam is the biggest festival celebrated in Chingam month and it is also the biggest of all Kerala festivals. Malayalam calendar is the only calendar which celebrated its New Year in rainy season i.e. in August.
It is to note that Vishu festival is the Malayalam Zodiac New Year. It is celebrated on Mesha Sankranti (Meda Masam 1), generally comes in April month of Gregorian calendar.
Panchangam, Chingam 1 in 2014 – August 17
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:23 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 19:01
Chandrodayam (Moonrise)24:16 Chandrastama (Moonset)12:38
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 30:06*
Nakshatra Bharani – 10:52
Yoga Vriddhi – 10:34
Karana Kaulava – 30:06*
Purnimanta Month Bhaadrupada
Amavasyanta Month Sraavana
Shaka Samvatsara: Jaya
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Plavanga
Rahu Kalam: 17:26 – 19:01
Gulika Kalam: 15:51 – 17:26
Yama Gandam: 12:42 – 14:17
Hindi Month (North Indian calendar) – Bhadrapad Month, Telugu Month – Shravana Masam, Kannada Month – Shravana Masa, Marathi Month – Shravan Maas, Gujarati Month – Sawan Maas, Tamil Month – Avani Masam, Malayalam Month – Chingam Masam, Bengali Month – Shraban Month.
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Simha
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mesha – 17:03:49
Abhijit: 12:17 – 13:07
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 23:22 – 25:02*
Durmuhurthams: 17:20 – 18:10