Hinduism and rainy season

Another closer example is that ofwhen the city endured extensive flooding, and Jainism[ edit ] In Jainism this practice is collectively known as Varshayog and is prescribed for Jain monasticism.

Of these, 17 were followed by years with either normal or excess rainfall. As the monastic community the sangha became wealthier by virtue of larger and more frequent contributions from the laity, more permanent centres, or vihara s, were constructed to house the members of the monastic groups during their annual retreats.

September 22, Residing in their retreat during the rains, they continued to pursue their meditative quest and begged alms from local townspeople. During their eight months of travel, the sadhus give sermons whenever requested, most often when they come to a new village or town in their travels.

The vassa has been largely forgotten by Mahayana Buddhistsespecially those in China and Japan. Vassa begins on the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month usually in July and ends on the full moon of the eleventh month usually October.

Another reason for ascetics to stay in one place during the rainy season is that the tropical climate produces a large number of insects, which would be trampled by travelling monks.

In Thailand, where all Buddhist males customarily spend some time in a monasteryvassa is a favoured period for temporarily experiencing the life of a monk. But, the overall opinion is, considering the weather data for the past four decades, this NE monsoon may be normal for Chennai.

Ritu (Indian season)

Accurate forecast for each area can be done only a few days before the monsoon. Pointing out that there were many pairs of good rainfall years in the past, he said if a particular year has had excess rainfall during NE monsoon, the following year too has either normal or excess rainfall.

The IMD Pune, comes out with a long range forecast for the entire region based on the performance of the monsoon during previous months. September 04, Vassa concludes with the pavarana ceremony, in which every monk, irrespective of rank or seniority, agrees willingly to receive instruction from any other monk in the monastery if he acts improperly.

The practice was well known in India by the time of the Buddha 6th century bcewho, after his enlightenment, is said to have spent the rainy season in a sheltered spot in the forest near Banaras Varanasi.

The retreat has largely been given up by Mahayana Buddhists. Srikanth, who blogs at Chennaiyil Oru Mazhaikalam, said that in the past century, there have been 24 years when the city received excess rainfall.

This is the time when the festival of Paryushan is celebrated and the Kalpasutra is traditionally recited. Thampi, Deputy Director General of meteorology, Chennai, said:Chaturmas (Sanskrit: चातुर्मास, Cāturmāsa) is a holy period of four months (July to October), beginning on Shayani Ekadashi—the eleventh day of the bright half, Shukla paksha, of Ashadh (fourth month of the Hindu lunar calendar)—until Prabodhini Ekadashi, the eleventh day of the bright half of Kartik (eighth month of the.

Description of seasons in Hindu Scriptures. So, How the seasons are described in Hindu scriptures? scripture puranas. Then the rainy season began, giving life and sustenance to all living beings.

The sky began to rumble with thunder, and lightning flashed on the horizon.

A normal rainy season likely

The beginning and end of vassa, the three-month rainy-season retreat from July to October, are two of the major festivals of the year among Theravada Buddhists, particularly in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos. The retreat has largely been given up by Mahayana Buddhists.

Sep 03,  · The question on everyone's mind right now is how this year's monsoon will turn out. While the India Meteorological Department is yet to announce the long-range forecast for the northeast monsoon, weatAuthor: K. Lakshmi. The two Hindu months of Agrahayana and Pausha, or Agahan and Poos, fall during this season.

It is time for some of the most important Hindu festivals, including Diwali, the festival of lights, Bhai Dooj, and a number of new year's celebrations.

Source Devotion must not be like the flood of the rainy season in which all get washed away. Devotion should be like the river that retains water even in the hottest season. Devotion should be like the river that retains water even in the hottest season.

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