Adhyathmaramayanam Kilippattu is the most popular Malayalam version of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Adhyathmaramayanam kilippattu is believed to have been written by Thunchaththu Ramanujan Ezhuthachan in the early 17th century, and is considered to be a classic of Malayalam literature. It is a retelling of the Sanskrit work Adhyatma Ramayana in kilippattu (bird song) format. Ezhuthachan used the Grantha based Malayalam script to write his Ramayana, although Vatteluttu writing system was the traditional writing system of Kerala then..
Recitation of Adhyathmaramayanam Kilippattu is very important in Hindu families in Kerala. In Kerala, Malayalam month of Karkitaka (കർക്കിടക മാസം)is celebrated as the Ramayana recitation month. Ramayana is recited in the houses and temples. Karkidaka is known as the month of Ramayana.
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