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Sunday, July 12, 2015

(13.1.27) What is Chatur Maas

Chatur Maas / Chaturmas  (Which is Chaturmas)

> The word 'Chatur Maas' is the combination of two words - 'Chatur' and 'Maas'. The word 'Chatur' means 'four' and 'Maas' means 'month'. Thus Chatur Maas is a period of four months.
> This period of Chaturmaas or four month has a religious significance for the Hindu, the Buddh, and the Jain communities. It begins from the Ashaadh Shukla Ekadashi and ends on Kartik Shukla Ekadashi.
> During this period people usually perform religious activities without having the wish of getting their fruit like observing fast, taking a bath in holy rivers, visiting temples, eating Satvik food, listening to the lectures delivered by the Saints, chanting Gayatri Mantra, Vishnu Sahastranaam, Om Namo BhagavateVaasudevaay etc.
> Donating things according to the capacity is also done. Sanyasis usually stay at one place and give religious lectures.
> Emphasis is given on performing good deeds and religious activities with the belief that by doing so they get the blessings of Lord Vishnu.
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