Masam in Kerala is observed in the Malayalam month Karkidakam (July – August). In 2013, the Ramayana Masam begins on July 17 and ends on August 16. On all days in the month, the Epic Ramayana is read in traditional Hindu homes and in temples dedicated to Vishnu. The reading of the Ramayan begins on the first day of the month and is completely read by last day of the month. The famous Malayalam Version of the Ramayana titled Adhyatma Ramayanam Kilippattu written by Thunchath Ezhuthachan is the one recited in the month.
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