Ashada masam or Ashadh month is the 4th month in Telugu calendar of Andhra Pradesh. In 2013, Ashada masam starts on July 9 and ends on August 6 as per the Telugu Panchangam. Similar dates are observed as Ashada masa in Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarat Amavasyant Chandramana Panchanga.
Ashada maasam is considered as inauspicious for any shubhakaryam such as marriage, upanayanam, nischitartham (engagement ceremony), Gruhapravesham (house warming ceremony), etc. During Ashada masam, newly married couple stays away from each other.
Tholi Ekadashi (Shayana Ekadashi or Maha Ekadasi), Chaturmasa Vratarambham, Veda Vyasa Purnima or Guru Purnima, and Secunderabad Bonalu Jatara are the major festivals celebrated during Ashada month in Andhra Pradesh.
Major Festivals in Ashada masam 2013 are:
Ashada Navratri begins – 9 July 2013
Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra 2013: 10 July 2013
Shayani Ekadasi 2013 – Harishayana Ekadasi – Padma Ekadasi – Tholi Ekadashi – 19 July 2013
Chaturmas Vrat 2013 begins – 19 July 2013
Shani Pradosh Vrata – 20 July 2013
Vyas Purnima – 22 July 2013 – Guru Purnima
Shiva Sayanotsavam – 22 July 2013
Kokila Vrat – 22 July 2013
Sankashti Chaturthi: 25 July 2013
Kamika Ekadashi: 2 August 2013
Som Pradosh: 4 August 2013
Ashada Amavasya: 6 August 2013 (Chukkala Amavasya)
Ashada Masam in 2012
In 2012, Ashada masam starts on June 20 and ends on July 19 as per the Telugu Panchangam. Similar dates are observed as Ashada masa in Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarat Amavasyant Chandramana Panchanga.