Ashad mahina, Ashad month, begins in North Indian Hindi calendars today, 16 June 2011. Ashad mahina is the 4th month in traditional lunar Hindu calendar followed in North India. Ashad mahina ends on July 15 with Ashad Purnima day. Puri Jagannath Rath Yatra, Devshayani Ekadasi, Chaturmas Vrat, and Guru Purnima (Vyas Purnima) are the important festivals and auspicious days in Ashada month.
It is to note that in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka, Ashad month begins on July 2 and ends on 30 July 2011.