Karkidaka masam (Karikidakam month / Ramayana Masam) is the last and 12th month in Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. In 2017, Karkidaka Masam starts on July 17 and ends on August 16.
Karkidakam month is dedicated to dead ancestors during when Shraddh ritual or pitru tharpan are offered to them. It marks the Sun’s transition to Karkadaka rashi from Mithuna rashi.
Karkidaka Vavu Bali (Pitru tharpan rituals) is the major ritual followed in Malayalam month of Karkidakam in Kerala. Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2017 date is July 23.
The sacred scripture Ramayana is recited during the whole month of Karkidam hence it is also known as Ramayana Masam. To welcome the Malayalam New Year (Chingam 1 or Chingam Month 1) with refreshing spiritual approach, Ramayana is recited till the last day of Karkidaka month.
Malayala month of Karkadikam 2017 corresponds with Aadi month in Tamil calendar, Shravana masam in Telugu, Kannada, Marathi & Gujarati calendars. It coincides with Shravan Month and Bhadrapada Month in North Indian Hindi calendars. It corresponds with Bengali Shraban month.
Malayalam Festivals in Karkidaka Masam 2017
17 July 2017 – Ramayana Masam begins, Sabarimala Karkidaka Masa Pooja Arambham
19 July 2017 – Karthika Vrutham , Bhooripaksha Ekadashi
20 July 2017 – Vaishnava Kamika Ekadashi
23 July 2017 – Karkidaka Vavu Bali , Amavasi
24 July 2017 – Sri Somavara Vratam
26 July 2017 – Chaturthi Vrutham
27 July 2017 – Naga Panchami
28 July 2017 – Shasti Vrutham
3 August 2017 – Putraprada Ekadashi
5 August 2017 – Pradosham
7 August 2017 – Avani Avittam, Pournami Vrutham, Raksha Bandhanam
8 August 2017 – Gayathri Japam
15 August 2017 – Karthika Vrutham