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Hindu homes and temples welcome Ramayana masam

Ramayana Masam in Kerala is observed in the Malayalam month Karkidakam (July – August). On all days in the month, the Epic Ramayana is read in traditional Hindu houses, by Hindu organizations and in temples. This year the Ramayana Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. The reading of the Ramayan begins on the first day of the month and is completely read by last day of the month. Rashtreeya swayamsevak sangh and many other hindu organizations join hands together and took tireless effort to make recitation of Ramayanam popular in Kerala.

adhyathama ramayanThe most popular Version of the Ramayana in Malayalam is titled Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan. It is the one recited in the month. After lighting the evening lamp, people sit before Nilavilakku (traditional Kerala lamp) and recite the Adhyatma Ramayanam. The reading of the epic is managed in such a way that the reading ends on the last day in the Karkidakam Month.

The Karkidakam month is the last month in the Malayalam calendar. The monsoon is at its peak in this month; and during old days majority of the people in Kerala depended on agriculture. Due to heavy rain, the Karkidakam month is referred as ‘panja masam’ or the month of scarcity. With the paddy fields flooded, there used to be no work and the economy used to come to a stand still. People used to solely depend on what grains they had stored during the previous harvest season. There used be such heavy rains that it was even hard to go outside the house or village and earn a living. To ward off nature’s fury people used to read the Ramayana. As per Malayalam Panchangam, new ventures and auspicious functions are not held during this month.

ramayanAnother unique feature of the month is the sale of the book Adhyatma Ramayanam. Kurukshethra Prakasan publishes Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan. Nowadays, CDs, VCDs and DVDs of Ramayana recital are released in the month. Thanks to the explosion of satellite television, almost all the Malayalam Television Channels telecast Ramayana reading and programs based on the epic. The Amavasi day in the Karkidakam month is dedicated to dead ancestors and Hindus perform special pujas at seashore and on riverbeds on this day. Thirunelli Temple and Aluva Shiva Kshethram are most popular among them.

A pilgrimage to the four temples dedicated to Lord Ram and his brothers is undertaken in the Ramayana Masam. This is known as the Nalambalam Darshanam. Hindu spiritual and religious organizations organize public discourses, quiz competitions, plays and recitals based on Ramayana in the month.

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