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Gaudiya Math:

Restricted foods during the entire four months of Caturmasya:

- Tomatoes, eggplants, runner beans, loki, parmal, urad dahl and honey.

Particular foods that are restricted during each of the four months:

First month: No leafy vegetables such as spinach, salads of all types, cabbages of all types, kale, leafy herbs such as coriander, mint, parsley, curry, and powdered leafy herbs.

Second month: No yogurt (if one requires for health, it can  be mixed with water)

Third month: No milk (if required, it can be mixed with lemon juice).

Fourth month: No mustard oil nor sesame seeds.

Foods that can be taken all days of the year, including Ekadasi and Caturmasya:

-All fruits (fresh and dried), all nuts and oils made from nuts.

-Potatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, radish, squash (but no loki), green papaya, lemon, jackfruit, avocado, olives, coconut, buckwheat, all sugars.

-All milk products except pure milk and yogurt during Caturmasya and sweets with starches on Ekadasi.

The Greatness of ChAturmasya

By upanyAsa RatnAkara, Sastra viSarada Shri Rama Rao B.A., L.T, Kumbakonam, TN

Nov ’77 issue of Dharmaprakash Journal of the Madhwacharya Vaishnavas. With kind permission by Sri K Raghupathy Rao

The ChaturmAsya is important not only to the ascetic but to all. The word Yati, though it ordinarily means ascetic, etymologically means all those, who strive for salvation by performing the duties enjoined on them by the Sastras and dedicating the results thereof to God.

Atharvana 6.6: sanyAsa yogAt yatyaS SuddhasatvAH

The purAnAs and dharmasAstras describe in detail the greatness and significance of the quadruplet of months. Among the purAnAs, the VarAha, the skAnda and Aditya are chief.

Asked by his consort, the goddess of earth, Sri VarAha replies as follows:
“The so-called four months are the most beloved period of mine. It is one of baths and vows, japas and homas, gifts and sacrifices. What is done in MAgha is a 1000 times greater than what is done in other months, and that done in VaisAkha is a thousand times greater than that done in MAgha and that done in CAturmAsya is definitely greater than that done in VaisAkha”.

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