In News: The Kutchi people celebrate their Kutchi New Year on Ashadi Beej. It is the 2nd day of Shukla paksha of Ashada month of Hindu calendar (June – July).

About Ashadhi Bij: 

  • As for people of Kutch, this day is associated with the beginning of rains in Kutch, Gujarat. 
  • During Ashadhi-beej, they check the moisture in the atmosphere to help predict which crop would do best in the coming monsoon
  • Moisture in the air makes the seed and soil gain weight. If the pre-monsoon air has a lot of moisture in it, that is a fairly good indication that the season will be well.
  • Kutch is largely a desert area therefore people living value rain very much.
  • Ashadhi-beej is celebrated mainly at two places in India – Vishwanath temple in Varanasi, UP and Mulesh Mahadev in Umreth, Gujarat
  • Other than these Kutchi people all around the world celebrate this day.
  • Coincidentally on Ashadi Beej the famous Jagannath Rath Yatra takes place in Ahmedabad and Puri.