Ashad mahina (Aashad month) is the fourth month in traditional Marathi Panchang followed in Maharashtra and some Konkan regions. In 2012, Ashadh Mahina starts on 20 June and ends on 19 July as per the Marathi calendar. Similar dates are observed as Ashada maasam in Kannada, Marathi, and Gujarat Amavasyant lunar calendars.
Ashad Mahina is considered as inauspicious for any shubhakaryam such as marriage, engagement ceremony, Gruh pravesh (house warming ceremony), etc.
Ashadi Ekadasi (Sayani Ekadasi or Maha Ekadashi), Chaturmaas Vrat arambh, Ved Vyas Purnima or Guru Purnima, and Gatari Amavasya are the major festivals celebrated during Ashada month in Maharashtra. Ashadi Ekadasi Palki Yatra is the major temple festival celebrated in Pandharpur Vithoba temple.
Major Festivals in Ashad Mahina 2012 in Marathi Calendar are:
21 June 2012: Puri Jagannath Ratha Yatra
25 June 2012: Kumar Shashti
26 June 2012: Vivaswat Saptami
27 June 2012: Budhashtami, Durga Ashtami
30 June 2012: Ashadi Ekadasi 2012, Shayani Ekadasi 2012, Harishayana Ekadasi, Padma Ekadasi
30 June 2012: Pandharpur Ashadi Ekadasi Wari Yatra
30 June 2012: Chaturmaas Vrat 2012 begins
1 July 2012: Pradosham, Vaman Pujan
3 July 2012: Vyasa Purnima, Guru Purnima
5 July 2012: Chaturmasya Vidiya
5 July 2012: Ashunya Shayana Vrata
6 July 2012: Sankashtahara Ganesha Chaturthi
14 July 2012: Kamika Ekadashi
16 July 2012: Som Pradosh Pujan
17 July 2012: Maas Shivratri
19 July 2012: Ashad Amavasya, Gatari Amavasya