Gauri Vrata is an important ritual observed for five days by unmarried women and young girls in the month of Ashadha (July – August) mainly in
Gujarat. In 2013, the beginning date of Gauri Vrata is July 18 and ending date is July 22. Gouri Vrat in Ashada is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and is part of Gujarati culture. Those observing the Gouri Vrata grow corn in a small pot for five days and worship Lord Surya, Goddess Parvati and the corn shoots.
Gauri Vrata is observed for five days – from the Ekadasi day to Purnima in the month of Ashada. Legend has it that Goddess Parvati (Gauri) performed intense austerities (Tapas) to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Hindu unmarried women follow the footsteps of Goddess Parvati and observe similar Vrata for obtaining a good husband.
Those observing Gauri Vrata grow corn shoots during the five-day period and observe a partial fast. During the five days salt is strictly avoided. Food consumed is mainly made of wheat flour, ghee and milk. Different types of fruits are also eaten during the period.