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Gauri Vrat 2019 date in Gujarat - Story - How to Observe Ashada Month Gauri Vrata by Unmarried Women?

Gauri Vrat is an important ritual performed by unmarried women and young girls in the month of Ashadha (July – August). In 2019, the dates of Gauri Vrata is from July 12 to July 16. The Vrata is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. (Gauri is another name of Goddess Parvathi). It is mainly observed by unmarried women in Gujarat.

Gauri Vrata is observed for five days and begins on the eleventh day in the waxing phase of the moon in the month of Ashada and ends on the Purnima day. A unique ritual of growing corn shoots is observed during the five days.

How to Observe Ashada Month Gauri Vrata by Unmarried Women?

Story of Gauri Vrat in Gujarat

Legend has it that Goddess Parvati had performed this Vrat to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Therefore there is a widespread belief that those who observe Gauri Vrata will get an ideal husband.

How to Observe Gauri Vrat?

Daily purification rituals include bathing in early morning.

During Gauri Vrata, unmarried girls observe a partial fast and perform pujas dedicated to Goddess Parvati.

Those observing Gauri Vrata grow corn or wheat in a small pot. Sun and the tender corn shoots are worshipped on all day along with Goddess Parvati and Shiva.

During the five days salt is strictly avoided.

Food eaten is mainly made of wheat flour, ghee and milk.

Different types of fruits are also consumed.

On the last day of the vrat, the shoots are eaten and given as Prasad to family members, relatives and friends.

The corn pot is retained and the mud and the remaining parts of corn are to be put under a tree.

There are numerous Vrata or fasting dedicated to Goddess Parvati including the

  • Swarna Gowri Vrata in Karnataka, 
  • Gauri Teej in Magh Month
  • Hartalika Teej
  • Karwa Chauth in North India and
  • Jaya Parvati Vrat in Gujarat.