ASHADA - the Hindu Holy Month

  • By Padmini Natarajan
  • August 17 2020

“Ashada is the month of austerities that brings out an inate sense of thankgiving.


July-August is the Ashada month according to Hindu calendar. It heralds the arrival of Dakshinayana, the six-month period when the sun begins to trace a southward movement. Dakshinayana is a sacred period in the Vedic calendar. Symbolically, it is the night time of the Dev.


It is considered a sacred time for spiritual activities.


People avoid new undertaking or new purchases and auspicious functions such as weddings.”


Article tells you about the many festivals during these months, festivals across India.


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This article was first published in the July 2016 issue of Tattvaloka, the Splendour of Truth. Tattvaloka is published under the aegis of the illustrious 9th century Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetham, and the Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Sringeri. This article is courtesy and copyright Tattvaloka ( You can subscribe online at . Cost is Rs 496/ for one year (12 monthly issues) print, Rs 1,390 for three years, Rs 11,900 for Lifetime Subscription. 

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