Karkidakam month 2012 has begun today, 16 July. Also known as, Ramayanam Masam, Karkidakam masam (last or 12th month in Malayalam calendar of Kerala) ends on August 16. This month has great importance as this month is dedicated to dead ancestors. It begins on Karkidaka sankramana day, the day when Sun transits into Karkidaka rashi from Midhuna rashi. During this month, devotees chant the Ramayanam.
Karkidaka Vavu or Karkidaka Vavu bali is an auspicious day dedicated to dead ancestors. Karkidaka vavu 2012 date is July 19. Shraddh rituals and Pithru Tharpanam are observed on this day in Kerala.