Chaturmas, also known as Chaturmasya is a four-month period in the Hindu calendar, that holds great spiritual significance. It begins on Shayani Ekadashi, falling in June and July, and concludes on Prabodhini Ekadashi, also known as Dev Uthani Ekadashi that falls on October-November. The Chaturmas generally coincide with the monsoons in India. This period is dedicated to penance, fasting, and spiritual practices, observed with devotion by millions of Hindus. Devotees observe vows, be it silence, abstaining from favourite food or just having one meal daily. Chaturmas 2024 will begin on July 17 and end on November 12, encompassing numerous festivals and rituals that enrich the spiritual lives of devotees. We have collated the Chaturmas 2024 star and end dates, understanding the significance of this holy period and rituals that Chaturmas holds. Tholi Ekadashi 2024 Telugu Date in India: When Is Toli Ekadashi? Know Time, Puja Muhurat, Vidhi and Significance of Shayani Ekadashi Celebrations.

Chaturmas 2024 Start and End Dates

According to the Hindu lunar calendar, Chaturmas 2024 will commence on July 17 with Devshayani Ekadashi and conclude on November 12 with Dev Uthani Ekadashi. These dates mark the beginning and end of Lord Vishnu’s cosmic slumber, respectively. Devotees observe these Ekadashis with reverence, often fasting and engaging in prayers and bhajans.

Chaturmas Significance and Rituals

Chaturmas, derived from the Sanskrit words "Chatur" (four) and "Mas" (months), is the period during which Lord Vishnu, the preserver in the Hindu trinity, is believed to rest. This period coincides with the monsoon season in India, a time when many ascetics and monks cease their wandering and settle in one place for deeper spiritual practice. The four months of Chaturmas include Shravana, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, and Kartika, each with its own set of rituals and observances.

Chaturmas is a time for spiritual growth and renewal. During this period, many devotees, particularly Vaishnavas undertake vows such as abstaining from certain foods, performing daily prayers, and engaging in charitable activities. It is also common to refrain from eating non-vegetarian food, onions, garlic, and other items considered tamasic in nature.

Major Celebrations During Chaturmas

  • Guru Purnima
  • Krishna Janmashtami
  • Raksha Bandhan
  • Ganesh Chaturthi
  • Navaratri (Dussehra – Durga Puja – Vijayadashami)
  • Diwali
  • Champa Sashthi (as per religious custom in Maharashtra, Chaturmas ends on this day).

Chaturmas is a spiritually significant period in the Hindu calendar, marking a time of deep devotion, penance, and spiritual practices. The four-month span of Chaturmas coincides with the monsoon season in India and offers devotees a chance to renew their faith and dedication.

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