Vichar Vibhag, the cultural wing of the Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee, had planned a series of programmes, including 'Ramayana Parayana' (recitation of the epic) and seminars to the mark the annual month beginning on July 17.
The KPCC outfit's announcement came days after 'Sanskrit Sangh', which has a number of pro-Left scholars, academicians and Left sympathisers as members, had unveiled a state-wide seminar series to observe the month of rituals.
The programme was organised by the Vichar Vibhag, he added.
"Lord Rama was exploited for political purpose by the BJP and the stand of that party was not acceptable," Sudheeran said adding no one should adopt any approach that would support even indirectly the stand of saffron party.
It was not the duty of political parties to organise religious functions, he said. The programme was scheduled to be inaugurated by Senior Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and Former union minister
Shashi Tharoor, MP was to deliver a lecture on 'Ramayana is ours.' 'Karkitakam' is the lean season ahead of the Malayalam month 'Chingam' that ushers in Malayalis' most colourful festival of Onam.
Temples and traditional houses across the state would reverberate with the chanting of verses from the Ramayana during the month.
Elders chant verses from 'Adhyatma Ramayana,' authored by medieval devotional poet Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan for 30 days in front of lighted lamps.
Temples and cultural outfits also arrange recital of the epic and special poojas during the season.
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