Karkidaka Vavu

Karkidaka Vavu (Malayalam: കർക്കിടക വാവ്) denotes the ancestor rituals performed in the Southern state Kerala, India. 'Karkidaka Vavu Bali' or Bali Tarpanam is the name for the pitru rituals for dead parents, siblings, children, and relatives performed on the day of Amavasya in Ramayana masa. 'Vavu Bali' held in the month of 'Karkidakam' or Ramayana masa in the Malayalam calendar is highly powerful for the dead ancestors.

Karkidaka Vavu 2023

Tue , 15th Aug 2023


Though ‘Bali’ rite for the departed ancestors is actually observed on the tithi or ‘Nakshatra’ the person died on. It is believed that 'Bali' held on 'Karutavavu' (Amavasya) in the month of 'Karkidakam' is highly auspicious and souls of the dead ancestors are easily accessible on the earth plane. Karkidaka Vavu Bali rituals are analogous to 'Mahalaya Shraddh Paksha' or 'Pitru Paksha Shraddh'. The 'Bali' ritual in the month of 'Karkidakam' is powerful as the 'Dakshinayana kala' starts from this month. This period also is believed to be the night of the celestial 'Devas' and Shayana kala for the Gods. Observing Karkidaka Vavu rituals grant 'moksha' - salvation to the deceased ancestors and pave way for their blessings on their lineage. Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip in ‘Theerthams’ or the sacred rivers on this auspicious day of Karkidaka Vavu. This ritual is followed sincerely by people in Kerala- Malayalam speaking people. ‘Bali Tharpanam’ is also believed to bless prosperity and good fortune.


The person performing the 'Bali' ritual observes a strict fast on this day and eats only one meal on this day. The other family members may or may not observe fast. But avoid consuming non-vegetarian food and toxic substances on Karkidaka Vavu. A special preparation of steamed rice called 'Vavu ada' is prepared in the households in Kerala. Bali is performed on the shores of rivers and water bodies or theerthas of sacred temples- Shangumughom Beach in Thiruvananthapuram, Sri Parasurama Temple in Thiruvallam and at Thiruvananthapuram, Aruvikkara in Thiruvananthapuram, Thrivikramangalam, the sand banks of river Periyar at Aluva, Bharathapuzha at Thirunavaya in Malappuram and Kozhikode beach. The 'Bali' ritual includes Darbha grass, yellu (sesame seeds), pavithram (ring formed from grass), cooked-rice, banana leaves and water. People donate money and food generously on this day.


  • This ritual liberates souls of ancestors and releases negative Karma inflicted through them. 
  • Bali tarpanam helps us overcome huge financial debts and instability. 
  • It resolves and smoothens relationship and marital life challenges 
  • Karkidaka vavu also enables an amicable and smooth atmosphere to succeed with ease and luck

Karkidaka Vavu festival dates between 2019 & 2029




Wednesday, 31st of July


Monday, 20th of July


Sunday, 8th of August


Thursday, 28th of July


Tuesday, 15th of August


Sunday, 4th of August


Thursday, 24th of July


Wednesday, 12th of August


Monday, 2nd of August


Friday, 21st of July


Thursday, 9th of August

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