Karkidaka masam (Karikidakam month / Ramayana Masam) is the last and 12th month in Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. In 2019, 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 2019 date is August 1.
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 2019 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 2019
17 July 2019, Wednesday – Dakshinayana Punyakalam, Ramayana Masam
28 July 2019, Sunday – Bhooripaksha Ekadashi
29 July 2019, Monday – Pradosham
31 July 2019, Wednesday – Karkidaka Vavu , Amavasi Orikkal
1 August 2019, Thursday – Amavasi
2 August 2019, Friday – Vyatheepatha Punyakalam
4 August 2019, Sunday – Naga Chathurthi
5 August 2019, Monday – Shasti , Naga Panchami
11 August 2019, Sunday – Vaidhriti Punyakalam, Putraprada Ekadashi
12 August 2019, Monday – Pradosham
15 August 2019, Thursday – Pournami, Gayathri Japam, Pournami Vrutham, Avani Avittam, Raksha Bandhan
16 August 2019, Friday – Sabarimala Masa Pooja Arambham