Ramayana month in Kerala temples - Karkkidakam, the last month of the Malayalam Calendar is observed as Ramayana month
Kerala on 17 July 2014 started observing Ramayana month in the temples. In Malayalam it is termed as the Ramayana Masam.
During this month the temples and homes of the state recites Adyatma Ramayana Kilippattu written by Thunjath Ezhuthachan for the 31 days. Ezhuthachan is regarded as the father of Malayalam literature.
The reading of epic Ramayana begins on the first day of the month and is completed on the last day of the month Karkkidakom, which falls on 16 August 2014. The Ramayana is recited by the elder members’ everyday in the evenings after lighting traditional lamp nilavilakku.
During the observation of the Ramayana month several competitions and cultural activities based on Ramayana is organised across the state. This unique custom has been preserved across the state over the centuries.
Karkkidakam (July - August) is the last month of Malayalam calendar and is considered as month of rain and scarcity (Panjamaasom). It brings good luck and prosperity to the families as well as spiritual strength to go through different difficulties that comes during monsson.
Karkkidakam month comes ahead of Chingam that brings colourful festival of Onam for the Malayalis.
Where: across Kerala