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Chaturmas 2023 dates – How to do or observe Chaturmas Vrat? - Importance of Four Holy Hindu Months of Chaturmas

Chaturmas Vrat, or Chatur Masam or Chaturmasya or Chatur Maas Vrat, is observed for a period of four months and it begins from the day after  Deva Sayana Ekadasi in Ashada month and ends on Utthana Ekadasi in Kartik Month. Chaturmas 2023 dates are from June 30 and ends on November 23. It is of great importance to many Hindu communities. The months are dedicated to prayers, rituals and worships and therefore marriages, griha pravesh and other similar functions are not observed. Chaturmas is ignored in Kerala and to a certain extent in Tamil Nadu. Chaturmas begins on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashada and ends on the Ekadasi in the Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik. The Four Holy Hindu Months of Chaturmas The four months are: Shravan  Bhadrapada Ashwin  Karthik  It is believed that celestial beings and saints do not move around in the universe. They stay stationed at one place and perform Tapas and intense austerities. There is popular belief th

Do Your Duty - Story From Hinduism

Do your duty or dharma without fear or selfishness irrespective of the environment, or situation is an important teaching in Hinduism. This aspect is explained beautifully through the below story. A saint was taking a bath in a river. His disciple was sitting on the bank of the river watching the saint and taking care of his belongings. The saint’s belongings were a mala (prayer beads) and a bowl for drinking water and begging. A scorpion came floating by, struggling for survival. The saint put his hand under it so that it could sit and be safe. He started moving toward the riverbank to release it. After a minute the scorpion had dried up a little from the warmth of the hand and it felt alive again. It lifted its tail and stung the hand of the saint. Although it was painful, the saint did not throw the animal off. He kept it in his hand and continued walking. Even when the scorpion stung again the saint did not throw it off. He waited until he reached the riverb