The 'Chaturmas' begins on the Ekadashi in the month of Ashadha and ends with the Ekadashi in the month of Kartik and has got both spiritual and health implications said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & MTNL Perfect Health Mela and National Vice President elect IMA.
The "Chaturmas" begins on the Ekadashi in the month of Ashadha and ends with the Ekadashi in the month of Kartik and has got both spiritual and health implications said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & MTNL Perfect Health Mela and National Vice President elect IMA.
Indian farmers depend on monsoon crops. Months of monsoon are synchronized with four holy months of the year. These four months, called chaturmas coincide with many festivals.
Chaturmas start with Guru Poornima, a festival to worship your teacher or an indication that for the next four months one will have a lot of time to learn in view of rains.
Next comes is month of Shravana, in which Mondays are worshiped for Lord Shiva. The Narali Poornima in this month marks the end of heavy rain and the throwing of the coconut in the sea appeases the sea and it calms down. Nag Panchami and Gokul Ashtami are part of this month. Bhadrapad, the next month of festivals, the first half is dedicated to the worship of Ganapati, the lord of removal of obstacles. The second half is the shrads when religious ceremonies are held in memory of the departed souls. The month of Ashwin starts with the "Navratri" , through Dasara and Dewali. Kojagiri Poornima in this month is the bright poornima. The last two days of Ashwin and the first two days of Kartik are usually the days of the Diwali festival. The Ekadashi in the first half of the month of Kartik marks the end of the Chaturmas.
Fast is the main part of any religious festival. The Mondays in the month of Shravan, the Gokul Ashtami and Ekadashi days are all the days of fast.
The days of monsoon are not usually healthy days. For doctors it is a healthy season as they get a large number of patients.
· In the monsoon all the three doshas (movement, metabolism and structure) are vitiated. Light diet and less oily food are advised, as digestive power is weak.
· As digestive fire is weak in rainy season, stomach upsets are common.
· Most ground worms come to the surface and contaminate underground and surface vegetables. Community feasts, marriages, social functions, gatherings are therefore prohibited in this season.
· River water gets contaminated. Observance of regular fast counteracts these unhealthy conditions.
- Snake come open and snakes bites are common. Nagpanchmi represents not to kill them unnecessarily as most of them are not poisonous.
- Green leafy vegetables are avoided in the Shravan month, Curd in Bhadrapad, Milk in Ashwin and Pulses (split variety) and oils in Kartik month. The reason is that in rainy season Vata dosha is aggravated (vegetables aggravate vata) and pitta is accumulating. Pitta producing foods are therefore avoided (curd and fermented foods). In Kartik the kapha is accumulating and hence oils are restricted. In allopathy vata is movement, pitta is metabolism and kapha is structural functions.
- In general the advice is abstaining from tea, coffee, sugar, rice, wheat etc and avoiding garlic and onion as it can stimulate unnecessary excitements and cause indigestion.
- Chaturmas is the time to meditate, read spiritual scripture, and strengthen inner immunity by meditation.
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