Shaka Vrata Ends


Shaka Vrata is observed by Madhwa sect of Vaishnavism. It is one of the important Vrata of Chaturmaasya and a way of life in Vaishnavism. It begins on Shukla paksha Ashadha ekadashi and ends on Shravana Shukla Shudda Dashami. This vrat is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver power of the Holy Hindu Trinity.

Shaka Vrata Ends 2023

Sat , 29th Jul 2023

Significance

This vrat is referred in multiple puranas like Adithya Purana and Bhagavata purana. It is believed that Lord Vishnu goes into Sayana kala- slumber period and this affects the earth plane as well. Digestion and various bodily systems become slow as Dakshinayana kaala results in reduced heat from the Sun. All the four months, the sanyasis, and devotees of Madhwa mutt follow various vrata to alter body and mind with nature. Shaka means spice or vegetables in Sanskrit. This vrat involves observing a strict diet devoid of vegetables, tamarind, green chilies, pickles, and some fruits.

These edibles have high heat-pitta, and when consumed the high heat produced in the system is conducive in this weather condition and spiritual pursuits. Coincidentally, vegetables and tamarind are not allowed during this period per Ayurvedic sciences too. Sattvic and neutral energy are consumed during this Shaka vrat. This vrat is aimed at physical purification and merging with Lord Vishnu’s energy which needs a certain physical state achieved by food and eating patterns.

Rituals

The term Shaka denotes the following ten items relating to edible plants- root, leaf, shoot, tip, fruit, stem, sprout, stalk, flower, skin. All these ten items are avoided during the shaka vrata. Only Agasthya greens, Tulasi, gooseberry, mangoes are allowed. During this vrata, Vishnu devotees do not offer vegetables, plantain, coconut, fruits, and other listed items as Neivedhya to God.

The following things are avoided in this vrat:

Tamarind

Chana dal

Vegetables

Fruits (only Mangoes are allowed)

Dried red chillies (substituted with Black pepper)

Turmeric

Asafoetida

Mustards (replacement -add cumins)

No dry fruits or nuts (like raisins, cashews, almonds)

Food items allowed- 

Lentils like Toor dhal (togari bele), moong dhal (hesaru bele), Urad dhal.

Spices- black pepper (Karimenasu), Cumin

Grains- wheat, sooji/rava, maida

Sesame seeds, ghee, jaggery, milk, yogurt, butter

Gooseberry, lemon, ripe and green raw mangoes for sour flavour.

Shaka vrata Sankalpa (Ashada Shukla dwadashi)

shAkavratAM mayA deva gR^ihItaM puratastava |
nirvighnaM siddhimAyAtu prasAdAtte ramApate || 

Shaka Vrata Samarpana Mantra:

upAyanamidaM deva vratasaMpUrtihetave |
shAkaM tu dvijavaryAya sahiraNyaM dadAmyahaM ||

Benefits

  • Shaka vrat prepares the mind and body to acquire spiritual Wisdom and Knowledge; sets the focus strong on Salvation ( a place in Vaikunda after death) 
  • Fastens healing in the physical body and rejuvenates health.

Shaka Vrata Ends festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Friday, 31st of July

2021

Thursday, 19th of August

2022

Tuesday, 9th of August

2023

Saturday, 29th of July

2024

Friday, 16th of August

2025

Tuesday, 5th of August

2026

Monday, 24th of August

2027

Friday, 13th of August

2028

Tuesday, 1st of August

2029

Monday, 20th of August

2030

Saturday, 10th of August