Shravan Maas or Sawan Month is faithfully devoted to Lord Shiva as Sawan Month is meant to be his dearest and the closest month among all.
Lord Shiva loves Mondays and always loves to be worshipped especially on Shravan Maas Mondays, every year. He has been revered by his avid devotees by observing Monday Fasts (Somvar Vrat) with proper puja rituals and other sacred ceremonies, the entire month. In 2018 year, Shravan Maas or Sawan Month falls on 28th July and ends on 26th August.
Passionate worshippers of Lord Shiva pray to him during this Shravan Maas time and please him with every possible ways to get his blessings and boons in bulk. In this Sawan month (Sawan Maas), each Monday is called Shravan Somvar and the Monday Fast is Somvar Vrat which is considered extremely auspicious and important in every aspects.
Admirers of Lord Shiva visit ancient big temples and holy pilgrimages on this exceptionally significant Sawan month or Shravan Mass whilst observing Monday Fast (Somvar Vrat) to avoid bad and negative omens.
Other than Sawan Somvar on which people discerns Monday Fast or Somvar Vrat, enthusiasts also revere Lord Shiva on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and celebrate Shravan Mangalvar, Shravan Shukravar and Shravana Shaniwar during this Sawan Month or Sawan (Shravan) Maas.
If someone cannot fast on all Monday, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays of Sawan Month, Monday Fasts or Somvar Vrats are believed to be exceptionally holier to get wishes fulfilled in the course of Sawan month or Shravan Maas.
Significance Of Shravan Month – Shravan Somvar :
Sawan Month is all about Monday Fasting (Somvar Vrat) and all Monday Fasts are observed in Lord Shiva temples throughout the time of Shravan Maas.
People keep fasting until sunset and an Akhand Diya (Lamp) also burns in Shravan Maas.
Fasting on all Shravan Somvar (Somvar Vrat) for the time of Sawan Maas is truly propitious especially for the unmarried women who are seeking a good husband for the marriage purpose.
In the course of Shravan Maas or Sawan Month, the person who is fasting on Monday (Somvar Vrat) can have milk, curd and other milk products, fruits as well as other fasting items.
Taking an early morning bath during Monday Fast and chanting “Om Namah Shivay” with Rudraksh beads nine or one hundred and eight times are immensely favourable in the month of Shravan Maas.
Waking up early morning, the whole Sawan Month usually on Mondays while observing Monday Fasts or Somvar Vrat and visiting the Lord Shiva temple, followed by offering a mixture of milk, ghee, yogurt, gangajal, and honey also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves also known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam are must rituals to be performed at the time of Shravan Maas (Sawan Maas).
At the time of Shravan Maas- Monday Fast, pursuing Eka Bhukta Bhojan or having a one single meal in a day or Nakhtha Vratam ie, fasting during the day and having prasad or fruits at night is highly rewarding and meritorious.
In the Lord Shiva Temples, a Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night in Shravan Maas or Sawan Maas.
These are not to be missed rituals and ceremonies to conduct and accomplish while observing Monday Fasts (Somvar Vrat ) in Shravan Maas Sawan Month.
Keep in mind all these necessary points at the time of Somvar Vrat during Sawan Month and get blessed with happiness and prosperity along with all the worldly pleasures in this holy Shravan Maas or Sawan Maas (Sawan Month).