Chaturmas Vrat or Chaturmaas Vrata or Chaturmasya Vratam, is the auspicious vrata observed for four holy months starting on Devsayan Ekadasi. In 2013, Chaturmas Vrat begins on July 19 and ends on November 13.
Chaturmaas Vrat ends on Dev Prabhodini Ekadasi or Utthana Ekadashi which falls in Kartik month.
Shravan Maas, Bhadrapad Maas, Ashwin maas and Kartik maas are considered as Chaturmas or four holy months in Hinduism. Each and every day of Chaturmaas is considered auspicious and devotees follow strict rules of consuming only vegetarian food that too selected food items, observing puja twice a day, and not talking abusive language.
Chaturmas Vrat 2012 dates were – June 30 to 24 November 2012.