Here, we present you the dates for Chaturmas in 2018. Chaturmas commences on July 4 and ends on October 31, in 2018. 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 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 2018? 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:
Before knowing more about Chaturmas, let’s first know the dates when Chaturmas will be celebrated in 2018.
|Event||Starting Day||Ending Day||Starting Date||Ending Date|
|Chaturmas 2018||Monday||Monday||July 23, 2018||November 19, 2018|
Now, as you know the dates for Chaturmas in 2018, 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 2018
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.
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 2018: Significance Of ChaturmasLet’s take a look at the following significances of the period of Chaturmas:
Significance Of Chaturmas: Importance For HouseholdersChaturmas 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 SanyasisSanyasis 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 JainsJain 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 BuddhistsBuddhists 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.
Following are some of the traditions and customs that are to be followed during the Chaturmas period:
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!