Chaturmas 2019: A Divine Rest For Four Months!

Here, we present you the dates for Chaturmas in 2019. Chaturmas starts on Sunday, Jul 7 and ends on Monday, Nov 11, in 2019. You might have dreamt in your sleep; but have you ever meditated or attained spirituality while sleeping? Lord Vishnu was able to do so in Yoga Nidra. Read on to know more ...

Chaturmas : What One Means By Chaturmas?

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Chaturmas literally means the period of four months. However, this tenure of four months has a strong connection with divinity and people find this a favorable time to attain the blessings of Almighty. Aren’t you interested to know more about the upcoming period of Chaturmas in 2019? If yes, then do not waste any time and let’s begin with a short description of Chaturmas.

Chaturmas begins on the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) in the Hindu month, Asadh (also known as Devshayani Ekadashi or Dev Shayani Ekadashi). It continues till the eleventh day of Shukla Paksha of Kartik Maas (month), which is popular as Prabodhini Ekadashi or Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Lord Vishnu is worshiped during Chaturmas. The period of Chaturmas is observed by Buddhists, Hindus, and Jainists.

No auspicious functions are performed during the period of Chaturmas, especially marriage. It is believed that marriages conducted during Chaturmas might not produce good results. But, how does it affect the nuptial relationship between two people? Let’s take a look:

  1. If a marriage takes place during Chaturmas, there are chances of divorce.
  2. A marriage organized in the period between Devshayani Ekadashi and Dev Uthani Ekadashi, may also lead to chances of infertility.
  3. It might bring in trifling arguments between a husband and wife.

Before knowing more about Chaturmas, let’s first know the dates when Chaturmas will be celebrated in 2019.

Chaturmas 2019 Dates

Event Starting Day Ending Day Starting Date Ending Date
Chaturmas 2019 Sunday Monday Jul 07, 2019 Nov 11, 2019

Now, as you know the dates for Chaturmas in 2019, you have four months to please Lord Vishnu and attain his blessings. We hope, this will help you in considering the period of Chaturmas with a better approach.

Now, let’s take a look at the cluster of Hindu festivals that are celebrated during Chaturmas. They are:

For more reference about the dates, you can take a look at: Hindu Calendar 2019

But, how is this period of four months different from other months? If we talk of Chaturmas, we must surely know the answer to this. Let’s know the legend associated with Chaturmas.

Chaturmas : Why Is ‘Chaturmas’ Different from Any Other Period?

The period of Chaturmas signifies extreme spirituality and in this section, we will take a look at it by taking the legendary example of Lord Vishnu.

According to HIndu mythology, Lord Vishnu goes to sleep on Devshayani Ekadashi, also known as Devshayani Ekadashi and wakes up on Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Since, he sleeps for a period of four months, the same is termed as Chaturmas. Vishnu’s sleep is considered to the epitome of the best meditating practice. Hence, it is termed as Yoga Nidra.

To know the concept of Chaturmas better, you should take a look at the following:

Now, as you know about the legend of Chaturmas, let’s know the significance of Chaturmas in a variety of aspects.

Chaturmas 2019: Significance Of Chaturmas

Let’s take a look at the following significances of the period of Chaturmas:

Significance Of Chaturmas: Importance For Householders

Chaturmas is a time when the gods and goddesses are not meant to be disturbed by the followers. Hence, any auspicious task is not performed in the period starting from Devshayani Ekadashi and ends on Dev Uthani Ekadashi. This period is considered to be inauspicious for weddings and other ceremonies. However, it is a suitable time to perform fasts. Devotees also spend their time in recital of Mantras, bathing in holy rivers. Charity during this period is believed to be auspicious. Fasts and other austerities help a person maintain good health and guards him/her from certain diseases that are caused due to onset of monsoon.

Significance Of Chaturmas: Importance For Sanyasis

Sanyasis observe the period of Chaturmas with full devotion. Sanyasis also perform Vyasa rituals during the Chaturmas. During this time, they halt at particular places and provide discourses to the public.

Significance Of Chaturmas: Importance For Jains

Jain monks believe that numerous bugs are produced during the rainy season that corresponds with the period of Chaturmas. Moreover, there are insects that cannot be seen with naked eye and there is a possibility that humans may kill them, unknowingly. Hence, to incur minimal harm to other creatures, the monks prefer to stay in a village. There, they perform several austerities that include Maun Vrat (abstaining from speaking).

Significance Of Chaturmas: Importance For Buddhists

Buddhists monks consider the Chaturmas period with an almost equal pattern as that of the Jains. The period of Chaturmas is also believed to be the time when Gautam Buddha stayed at the garden of King Bimbisara of Rajgir and delivered sermons to the ordinary public.

Now, it’s turn to know about the rituals and customs that should be observed during Chaturmas.

Chaturmas : How Should Chaturmas Be Observed In 2019?

Following are some of the traditions and customs that are to be followed during the Chaturmas period:

  1. One should get up early in the morning and take a holy bath. This deed will purify your soul during Chaturmas.
  2. Chaturmas Vrat is observed by the devotees, when one abstains himself/herself from consuming food.
  3. During Chaturmas period, jaggery, milk, salty food, sweet dishes, brinjals, curd, alcohol etc. are avoided.
  4. Vishnu Maha Puja is performed during the period between Devshayani Ekadashi and Prabodhini Ekadashi. Idols of Vishnu Deva are given a sacred bath.
  5. Mantras like Vishnu Sahasranama is chanted during Devshayani Ekadashi and Dev Uthani Ekadashi.
  6. On the last day of Chaturmas i.e. Dev Uthani Ekadashi, charity is performed by giving Dakshina to a Brahmin. Donations may include may include anything from clothes to essential food items.

Hopefully, you have got to know each and every detail related to the festival of Chaturmas through this article. If you have thought that this informative piece could have been a bit more lengthy, than it’s our credit to be able to engage you.

If you want to please Lord Vishnu, you do not actually need to undergo through penance, as a devout heart is enough to please the Almighty. We wish you a blissful time during the period of Chaturmas. Take care!