Karkkidakam 7 ( Uttara Malabar )
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Karkkidakam :-Masam, which starts on 17th July and ends on
16th August. As the name specify, this holy month is destined for undertaking pious
Vratham and recitation of Adhyathma Ramayanam Kilippattu:
the epic life of Lord
Sree Rama, which is the most virtuous and conversant contribution from Thunjathu
Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, called as the Father of Malayalam Language. He was born in
Malappuram district in Kerala about 450 years ago.
The tradition of reciting Ramayanam started from 16th century, when Ezhuthachan
wrote Adhyatma Ramayana in the form of Kilippatuu ( narrated by parrot ) in pure and simple Malayalam language which easily
accepted by common people of Kerala, to whom, the grammatically moulded
Manipravalam style of literatures was not at all perceivable at that time. The Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippatuu was uncomplicated
and also simple to understand by the lay men.
Through Ramayanam Kilippatuu, Ezhuthachan gave Malayalam Language an innovative
measurement and trail, which is following till now.
The ferocious plunge of the rains in the month of Karkkidaka brings out many discomforts in the forms of ailments, scarcity,
dearth, destructions etc.
During this month the agrarian population of Kerala receives a
retarded production in crops and other rural food products.
The month of Karkkidakam is often referred as “Panja Masam” (the month of extreme
scarcity) in traditional Malayalam language.
A shade of discontent will make its triumph due to these factors. Ramayana recitation during
this time is considered as a propitious practice that will mend all the discomforts and agony both to the individuals and community.
An unrivaled spiritual solace can be attained through the habitual and devoted reading of Ramayana during the 31 days of Karkkidakam.
Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippatuu is recited in homes and temples during the month of
The reader should sit in the front
of lighted lamp (Nilavilakku) and read the verses in particular rhythm. It is recommended
that the book must be completed on the last day of Malayalam Month.Marriges, new undertakings etc are not held during the month of Karkkidakam.
Sheer spirituality is not the subject matter for observing the Ramayana month.
More than that it is a commitment to our own traditional customs and beliefs, which is now days are
seen thinning due to the less practices and follow ups.The rapid moving life styles and
trends, which is the result of generation gaps and imitations to western cultures, is gradually
altering the living model of the society.
Ramayana reading has now becoming rare in many of the Kerala homes, predominantly in
the city life. It has not completely ended as certain houses sternly pursue the Ramayanam
month rituals. Almost in all the temples especially Vishnu temples, Ramayana is
recited during the month of Karkkidakam.
Grandmothers in houses regularly recite Ramayana on these occasions.
Karkkidakam Month 2012
Date Day Speciality
July 16 Monday Karkkidaka Masa (month)
Karkkidaka Seeveli at Thiruvananthapuram
Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple
Smakranthi Vanibham Begins at Pakkil
Dharmasastha Temple Kottayam
July 18 Wednesday Amavasi, Karkkidaka
July 21 Saturday Amrutha Lakshmi Vrata
July 22 Sunday Naga Chathurthi
July 23 Monday Garuda Panchami, Sashti
Irinjalakkuda Koodalmanikya Temple Illam Nira
July 24 Tuesday Sashti Vratam
July 25 Wednesday Irinjalakkuda
Koodalmanikya Temple Illam Nira
July 27 Friday Thiruvanchikulam Mahadeva
July 29 Sunday Ekadasi
July 30 Monday Pradosham
August 2 Thursday Pournami,
Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan
August 3 Friday Vara Lakshmi Vratam,
Chinmayananda Swami Samadhi Day
August 10 Friday Gokulashtami
August 13 Monday Ekadasi
August 15 Wednesday Pradosham,
August 16 Thursday Karkkidakam/Ramayana
Masam ends, Aadiyaruthi
August 17 Friday Chingam 1, Kollavarsharamb
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