THRISSUR: Temples in the district have started preparing for the annual rituals of ‘Ramayanamasam’, which begins on the first day of the Malayalam month Karkkidakam, on Wednesday.
Karkkidakam, a month in which south-west monsoon is at its peak, is considered as the month of piety and spirituality.
In the past, Karkkidakam was a month of starvation and epidemics in the countryside. Though the month was considered holy by a section of people for long with the reciting of the Ramayana in most homes, it was in the past couple of decades that Ramayanamasam got so much prominence across the State.
Special rituals are conducted in most temples.
An integral part of the rituals this month is a visit to the temples of the four brothers in the Ramayana epic—Rama, Bharatha, Lakshmana and Shathrugna.
The pilgrimage starts from Triprayar Sree Rama Temple, then to Iringalakkuda Koodalmanikyam temple, one among the very few Bhartha temples in the country, and culminates with a visit to Thirumoozhikkulam Lakshmana temple and the Payammal Sathrukhna temple on the same day.
There is a heavy rush at the Triprayar temple during the month.
“On an average around 10,000 people visit the temple every day during the Ramayanamasam,” says M.S. Sajay, the special officer at the temple.
The Cochin Devaswom Board has arranged special vehicles for devotees, he said.