The last month of the Malayalam calendar, Karkidakam is known for its lashing rains, the rejuvenating Karkidaka-kanji that has many medicinal herbs and additives and for various religious rituals. Most importantly, it is known for the Ayurvedic treatments undertaken by the young and old as our bodies are most receptive in this season. Also known as Ramayana month, it is believed that the sage Valmiki completed the Ramayana during this month. It is also famous for the Bali ritual, which honours the dead ancestors and relatives.
The karkidaka-kanji by Bipha Ayurveda follows Ritucharya (Regimen to be followed in various seasons) and Dinacharya (Daily Regimen) for promoting and preserving the health and to balance the three somatic humours (Tridoshas). This medicinal gruel, when prepared right, aids digestion, boosts immune system and nourishes the body. The main ingredient is a special type of rice known as Njavara rice cooked with spices such as Cumin, pepper, coriander, cardamom, etc.
It is best consumed early in the morning on an empty stomach or at night as dinner for minimum seven consecutive days, and it should be continued for multiples of seven days up to 28 days.