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Ramayana Month to Build up Relationships

December 12, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Celebrity    Views: 961

July and August are months of pilgrimage to the temples of fraternity. It strengthens relationships as well as spiritual life. Reading Ramayana is fulfilled only by this pilgrimage.


Malayalam month Karkida is the month of religious obligations observed as the Ramayana month. It is the monsoon month with pouring rains of the southwest monsoons. People spend this month in reading Vedic literatures like Ramayana. They abstain from sexual pleasures and entertainments. They take Ayurvedic medicines and rejuvenate their bodies. It is during this month that they visit the temples dedicated to four epic brothers of Ramayana and strengthen their fraternal relationship.

Fraternal relationship

Families are bonded by relationships especially by a good relationship between bothers. It is very vital to build up families as well as societies. Misunderstanding between brothers will shatter families and cause restlessness and tension in life. Maintaining good relationship among brothers is insisted by all religions. Hence Hinduism insists maintaining a good relationship among brothers for a harmonious life in the society.

The epic brothers of Ramayana

Lord Rama, Lakshmana, Bharatha and Shathrughana are the fours epic brothers of Ramayana, children of King Dasaratha. They loved one another giving due respect and helping one another though their mothers were different and had much misunderstanding.

Temples of the epic brothers

There are four temples in South India, dedicated to these Ramayana brothers. According to a mythology, the fisher folk got four idols from the sea which they presented to the local landlord who, in turn, consulted with the astrologers and installed them in four temples. This was called "Nalambala"(Four temples) the four temples are Thiruprayar Shree Rama temple, Moozhikkulam Lakshmana temple, Irinjalakuda Koodalmanikyam temple of Bharatha and Payammal Shathrughana temple. The pilgrimage to these four temples is called "Nalambal Dharshan"(visit to the four temples)

Pilgrimage during the Ramayana month

The period from July 17 to August 16 is called Ramayana month (Karkida in the Malayalam calendar). During this month thousands of pilgrims fro various parts of South India embark on a religious journey to these four temples which helps them to live in a path of prayer and devotion. They also read Ramayana at home and in temples and meditate on it. They usually compete reading the whole epic in this month itself.

Spiritual benefits

Observation of this Ramayana month helps the devotees to build up their spirituality. It builds up healthy relationships. It is a good opportunity to spend the time in the most effective way during the lean period of pouring rains. It is also an occasion to purify the mind and soul from unhealthy thoughts and actions, observing fasts and even abstaining from sex.



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