Karkidaka Vavu Bali is an important ritual performed by Hindus in Kerala in the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. Karkidaka Vavu Bali 2012 is on July 18. Dead relatives and ancestors are remembered on this day and ‘Shraddham’ is performed on the seashore and on riverbanks. The ritual performed for the souls of dead is referred as ‘
Bali’ in Kerala and Vavu is Amavasi or no moon day.
In Kerala, ‘
Bali’ is performed on Amavasi and on the birth star of the dead person. But ‘ Bali’ performed on Amavasi day in Karkidakam month is considered highly auspicious and it is believed that souls of the dead are pacified easily. This Amavasi is also the first ‘no moon’ day in the Dakshinayana period.
More details about the ‘
Bali’ and the temples and places where the ritual is performed can be read in this post – Karidaka Vavu Bali rituals and places it is held.