The last month of the Kerala traditional calendar usually comes around the peak rainy season in Kerala; the months between June and August witness this. This period is called Karkidaka Masam or Ramayana Masam in Malayalam. This is also considered to be the best time for Ayurvedic treatments and therapies.
Importance of Karkidaka Masam
We experience a sudden shift in the climate during this period, which brings about various effects on our bodies. The increase in humidity during this period disrupts the balance of Tridoshas. The disruption of Vata, Pita and Kapha can make the immunity weak and bring about various diseases in people.
Karkidaka Masam may sound bad news, but it is considered the most favourable time for treatments and therapies, according to Ayurveda. The pores open up because of the high humidity, which results in better absorption of external applications of medicines.
The importance of Karkidakam month in Kerala is significant as people practising Karkidaka vavu rituals offer ‘Moksha’ to their deceased ancestors and get showered in blessings.
Karkidakam and Ayurveda
Karkidaka Masam is considered the best for Ayurvedic treatments because the skin softens due to the humidity and monsoon climate. Removal of toxins and negativity from both mind and body is significantly easier than any other period. People who take Ayurvedic treatments during Karkidakam Month experience better health and increase their immunity and overall bodily strength & wellness.
Different seasons have different effects on the Doshas, which have different effects on different bodies. After the hot summer season, the monsoon season increases acidity in food that causes digestive issues and even leads to severe fever. Cold, cough, skin issues, and respiratory diseases are all witnessed during this time.
The Karkidaka Ayurvedic treatments are focused on bringing balance to the three Doshas. Extending the longevity of the body is the result of this treatment. Panchakarma is considered to be ideal during this period. Because of its intense detoxification benefits, people can experience a significant change in their health and be more active. The humidity, moisture,e and soft skin result in the perfect condition for oil treatments as the skin tends to absorb better, makings Snehana and Svedhana easier.
Ayurveda not only tends to the external factors but also what goes inside your body. A dietary change is to be considered to make the best of the Karkidaka treatment. A vegetarian diet is best considering the acidity in food, but of course, it’s not compulsory. A strict lifestyle inclusive of physical activity, yoga, meditation, and massages could help in better overall health. This season is also considered holistic because of the relaxing effect on our mind and body due to the cold atmosphere with beautiful rainfalls and scenery.
The people of Kerala consume a dish called Karkidaka Kanji, which is no less than medicine. People of Kerala of all ages consume this dish because of the vital element and benefits during this season. It is made up of many medicinal plants and herbs with grains and spices, a recipe is taken from the ancient texts of Ayurveda. This is considered one of the best foods to increase immunity and relieve the body from many diseases. Karkidaka Kanji rejuvenates and detoxifies both body and mind from all kinds of diseases in a short context.
Benefits of doing Karkidaka Chikitsa are:
1. Rejuvenation and Detoxification
Our current lifestyle includes many stressful activities and pollutants resulting in a weak and disordered body. We must bring about changes to make sure we don’t fill our bodies with toxins. Karkidaka Chikitsa brings about various changes in the body for good, making us remove the toxins from our body in a smooth transition from a toxic body to a clean and balanced body. Flushing out these toxins could help us prevent many diseases, increase our energy, and cleanse the body, resulting in better health.
This has benefits for the mind as well. The massages, meditation, and yoga help in better mental well-being and health. The stress is reduced, and lively feelings are enhanced. Improvement in quality of life by reducing toxins, stress relief, cleansing of the mind is seen.
2. Immunising the body & weight loss
The special Ayurvedic diet helps the body to improve its immunity and Ojas. This results in the prevention of nearly all kinds of diseases. People with low immunity benefit significantly because of this dietary change and treatments letting them experience a healthy lifestyle. The detoxifying factor helps make the body pure and clean, slows down ageing, and balances the vital elements of the body.
Breakdown of fat deposit and excess energy are witnessed during this time, helping reduce unwanted weight. This helps to have a body free from being overweight or obese.
Important dates of Karkidaka Month 2021
The important dates and timings of Karkidaka Vavu 2021 are:
|Sunrise||17/07/2021, 5:55 AM|
|Sunset||17/07/2021, 7:10 PM|
|Amavasya Tithi Start||07/08/2021, 7:11 PM|
|Amavasya Tithi End||08/08/2021, 7:20 PM|