Asharh (Bengali: আষাঢ় āshāḍh, Odia: ଆଷାଢ଼ āsāḍha) is the third month of the Bengali and Odia calendars[1][page needed] and the Nepali system of the Hindu calendar.[2] It is the first of the two months that comprise the wet season, locally known as "Barsha" (Bengali: বর্ষা Bôrsha, Nepali: वर्षा Barsha, Odia: ବର୍ଷା Barsā), when the monsoon winds blow.[3] It is one of the first five months of the year that have 31 days, according to the Bangladeshi version of the Bengali Calendar.[4] In the Indian version of the Bengali Calendar, the month can have up to 32 days.[5]

The arrival of monsoon in the month of Asharh helps nature get refreshed after the scorching summer
Native nameআষাঢ় (Bengali)
Month number
  • 3
Number of days
  • 31 (Bangladesh);
  • 31/32 (India)
SeasonRainy Season
Gregorian equivalentJune-July
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Etymology edit

It is named for the constellation Uttarashadha (Bengali: উত্তরাষাঢ়া Uttôrashaŗha), identified with Sagittarius.[4]

Culture edit

Bengali culture edit

The month and the monsoon are welcome with songs, dance,[6] and celebration in Bangladesh.[7][8] A popular poem "Abar Eshechhey Asharh" আবার এসেছে আষাঢ় by Rabindranath Tagore, that is about this season.[9][10]

Odia culture edit

There are occurrences of an extra Asadha which is referred as Odia: ମଳ ମାସ maḷa māsa (meaning unclean) in Odia whereas the non-extra Asadha is referred to as Odia: ଶୁଦ୍ଧ suddha.[1]: 87 

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Hermann Kulke; Burkhard Schnepel (2001). Jagannath Revisited: Studying Society, Religion, and the State in Orissa. Manohar. ISBN 978-81-7304-386-4.
  2. ^ Aly Zaker (24 June 2011). "So, Asharh is here again!". Star Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  3. ^ "Monsoon induces low in Bay of Bengal as rainy season nears". Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  4. ^ a b Syed Ashraf Ali (2012). "Bangabda". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  5. ^ "Festival with a fixed date". The Telegraph. Kolkata. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  6. ^ "Monsoon melodies". The Daily Star. 2013-06-16. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  7. ^ "Rabirag embraces monsoon with music and dance". The Daily Star. 2013-07-08. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  8. ^ "Melodies on a monsoon evening". The Daily Star. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  9. ^ "The bounty of monsoon in melodies". The Daily Star. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^ "Ashari Purnima". The Daily Star. 2012-08-02. Retrieved 2017-04-18.