According to the Hindu calendar, the Shravan month is one of the holiest months compared to all months. This is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. But have you ever thought about why it was named Shravan? The Shravan Nakshatra is considered to govern the sky on Poornima or full-moon day; therefore, its names are derived this month from the Nakshatra. During this day, devotees offer Patram-pushpam & phalam-toyam to Shiva linga in Shravan.
The month of Shravan is synonymous with auspicious festivals & events. It is the best time to conduct all the auspicious events as most of the days of this month are promising for shubh aarambh.
In this month, each Monday is celebrated as Shravan somvar across all the temples, with Dharanatra managing the Shivling, bathing it with holy water and milk throughout the day and night. Let’s understand the dates and times of Shravan and the all-important Mondays!
Shravana Mass 2021 Dates
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand.
- Shravana Start date: July 25, 2021
- First Shravan Somwar Vrat: July 26, 2021
- Second Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 2, 2021
- Third Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 9, 2021
- Fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 16, 2021
- Shravana End date: August 22, 2021
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
- Shravana Start date: August 09, 2021
- First Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 9, 2021
- Second Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 16, 2021
- Third Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 23, 2021
- Fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat: August 30, 2021
- Fifth Shravan Somwar Vrat: September 06, 2021
- Shravana End date: September 07, 2021
The Significance Of Lord Shiva In Shravan Somvar
According to the Hindu legend, in the conflict between the Devas and the Asuras, poison emerged from the water. Lord Shiva had all poison to come and drink to rescue the human race. This Lord Shiva did in the Shravan month. His body temperature rose considerably. Then Lord Shiva donned the moon on his own head, which decreased its warmth, and the pantheon of the Hindu gods began giving Gangajal to Shiva.
It is also said that Lord Indra wanted the temperature of Lord Shiva to drop, and hence he poured excessively. That soothed him. That eased him down. Since that time, Lord Shiva has honoured the month of Sawan. Water is thrown over Lord Shiva during the month of Sawan, especially on Mondays. Shiva devotees remember this tragedy by presenting Shivalingams Ganga water at temples. Here is all you need to know about the rituals:
Shiv Puja Rituals On The Holy Shravan Month Somvar
As per the belief, it is said that it is straightforward to please Lord Shiva among all goddesses. Thus to attain his grace perform the rituals as given below.
- Wake up early in the morning and take a short bath on Sawan Somwar Day.
- You must then visit Shiv Mandir and or perform an authentic Rudrabhishek Puja in your own house with proper rituals.
- The bel leaves, datura, gangajal, and milk belong to this day’s puja materials.
- Offer on the Shivling Panchamrit and Bel Leaves.
- Besides that, provide Datura, Bhang, Chandan or Sandalwood, Rice, etc., to the front of those present at the event.
- Ghee-Shakkar offered it to Lord Shiva.
- Then pray and lead the Aarti.
- After the Puja is completed, distribute the Prasad.
Benefits Of Shiva Puja In The Shravan Month
Lord Shiva, the worship of the all-powerful divine almighty during Shravan, is manifested via various advantages for the devotees, including the accomplishment of spiritual cleansing. The misery or troubles produced by a planetary Doshas become neutral when the divine is worshipped by the blessings of Lord Shiva with the accounting for the essential components for his puja, such Real Rudraksha, honey, ghee, belpatra etc., according to the instruction given by a Pandit.
A Rudrabhishekam Puja, performed by the experienced pandits can help you get rid of incurable diseases, financial issues, bad karma. It can also fetch you success with your career, business, and personal life. One of the most beneficial aspects of a Rudrabhishekam Puja is the removal of doshas and malefic planetary combinations in your birth chart.
Similarly, performing a Laghu Rudra Puja to appease Lord Shiva can help you achieve inner peace, fulfil your desires. A Pathatmak Laghu Rudra Puja can also destroy evil and negativity from around you.
Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha In The Shravan Month 2021
According to the Skanda Purana, Sawan vrat Katha goes like this; once, Goddess Sati made a dramatic decision to go against her father to marry Lord Shiva and to be by his side. She married him but gave up her life when she witnessed Shiva, her husband, humiliated in her father’s place. She was later reincarnated as Goddess Parvati, Parvat Raj Himalayas and Naina’s daughter. She carried out a severe penance and Tapasya at this birth all month long to reach him as his better half. As a consequence, she achieved her goals and came to Shiva as his adored partner.
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That is why many indigenous people still follow this practice now, and single females fast observe a spouse like Lord Shiva for sixteen consecutive Mondays (Solah Somvar).
The Other Tale Of Solah Somvar
Once a moneylender and his wife resided there, they were both quite pious and committed in their lives. They didn’t have a child’s happiness and asked the Lord to bless them. Lord Shiva had their prayers appeased, and a newborn boy blessed them. Sadly, the kid was only supposed to survive for 12 years, and his dad knew this.
The moneylender instructed his son to live a very humble and dedicated life. He was moved to Kashi with his uncle to complete his academic career in the year he turned 12. They saw a ceremony of marriage. The bride was a businessman’s daughter, but the bride was blind in one eye. After the bride’s family discovered it, they asked the son of the money lender to marry it.
After the bride was married, the two proceeded to Kashi, and as planned, the son completed his education. His fate was nigh, though, and he came one day to meet his end. The family of the moneylender had prayed to Lord Shiva unmeasurably. The Lord was impressed by their dedication and, thus, as a favour, longevity granted their son. The boy and his wife went home happily and lived with great happiness with their family.
Fasting Rules Of Sawan Somvar Vrat
Sawan somvar is the most essential, and if you observe this quickly on 16 Mondays, the Lord of mercy is supposed to bestow whatever your heart wants! According to legend, after 6 weeks, the solah somwar vrat is renowned as one of the most productive fasting rituals.
The solah somvar vrat is extremely easy to follow. One must commit to following the vrat with pure heart and dedication for 16 Monday. The vrat starts early in the morning with waking up and bathing. The puja samagri and the items needed for the puja are organised. You can then visit the temple to pray to god, or you can perform the puja at home. You must start to purify your idol by pouring water and arranging the essential elements of puja. Then decorate the picture with diyas and flowers.
Next, clean the altar and then light the lamp with gingelly oil. Then sing and give Lord Shiva devotion with flowers. Then you may finish the puja with betel leaves, almonds, coconut and the sweet dish. It’s nice if you can make lovely food at home.
Next, you have to recite the 16 somvar vrat Katha and finish the puja with an arati. Then it is essential to burn a candle near Lord Shiva at night. One must be fast all day long and can eat prasad and fruit after a puja has been completed.
Sawan Vrat: Mantra
While fasting in the Shravan month, several devotees chant the mantra of “OM Namah Shivay” and Mahāmrityunjaya Mantra to get rid of all the diseases.
You can also worship a Mahamrutyunjay Yantra to fend off the negativity from your life, evil, black magic, and even untimely death.
What To Eat & Not To Eat During Fasting In The Shravan Month
Fruit, fresh vegetables, sabudana & Sendha namak, milk, and related products like curd, buttermilk can be devoured. However, some people consume only one meal a day. Furthermore, meals cooked with salt, garlic and onions must be avoided. Here is how it works:
Types of Fasts observed during the Shravan month.
Partial Fasting: In partial fasting, the devotees are allowed to eat fruits and foods like sabudana, nuts, etc. Some people also keep fast for the day and eat their meal at night.
Austere Fasting: In this kind of fasting, devotees do not eat anything during the day and only consume water. They break their fast after sunset by eating a meal that does not have onions and garlic.
Is Solar Somvar Vrat Effective
According to Shiva Purana, following this, Vrat contributes to the successful profession, business, and connection and provides peace of mind, good health, longevity. The observation of this Vrat in the Shravan month helps defend against all the maladies and sickness. Moreover, those suffering from disagreement would enjoy peace and harmony when they observe this quickly in their marriage connection.
The Shravan month is the auspicious month and worshipping Lord Shiva on this day with full dedication and devotion helps one to attain peace and progress spiritually. Moreover, devotees receive the blessing of omnipotent Lord Shiva on this day. Everyone is going through an unprecedented time in the new normal, and if you are also one of the unfortunate people, then remembering Lord Shiva in the holy Shravan month will certainly help you overcome the current scenario.
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