Wednesday 29 July 2020 1:14 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 29: Ramayana Masam is observed in the month of ‘Karkidakam’ of the Malayalam calendar which corresponds to the months of July to August in English calendar. This festival is also popularly known as ‘Karkidaka Masam’. Ramayana Masam 2020 began on July 16, Thursday and will end on August 16, Sunday.
During this time, there is a ritual to read Ramayana (Ramayana Parayanam) on all the days of the month in almost all Hindu households. Hindu organizations perform this ritual in almost all temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The Ramayana recital is organised by Nair UK Network. Each day there will be different persons coing the recital.
Today’s recitation will be by Unni Pillai Koyikkal, a native of Changanassery residing in London and Mrs. Radha Lakshmi Menon from Kodungallur residing in London and Navami Nair from London.
The recital will be held at 7.30pm UK, 12.00pm IND, 2.30pm ET.
Ramayana is one of the greatest Hindu epics that hold great religious significance. During the Ramayana Masam, the recitation of Ramayana starts from the first day of the Karkidakam Masam and continues till the last day.
Karkidakam is considered a lean month and is therefore not considered for any auspicious ceremonies like marriages or house warming or start of new projects etc. However, the month is ideal for treatments, pilgrimage and worship.
The rituals of Ramayana masam and reading of Ramayanam during this period should be performed with utmost care, devotion and involves a rigorous routine.
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