Shravan Maas or Sawan Month is faithfully devoted to Lord Shiva is meant to be his dearest and the closest month among all. Lord Shiva loves Mondays and always loves to be worshiped especially on Shravan Somvar. He has been revered by his avid devotees by observing Shravan somvar vrat with proper puja rituals and other sacred ceremonies, the entire month.
Passionate worshipers of Lord Shiva pray to him during this Shravan Maas time and please him with every possible way to get his blessings and boons in bulk. This month, each Monday is called Shravan Somvar and the Monday Fast is Shravan Somvar Vrat which is considered extremely auspicious and important in every aspect.
Other than Sawan Somvar on which people enthusiasts also revere Lord Shiva on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and celebrate Shravan Mangalvar, Shravan Shukravar, and Shravana Shaniwar.
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Shravan Somvar Fasting Dates 2021
Shravan somvar vrat Dates for the Northern States of India, which include, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand.
- Sunday, 25 July – Start of Shravan Maas
- Monday, 26 July – Start of Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 02 August – 2nd Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 09 August – 3rd Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 16 August – 4th Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 03 August – End of Shravan(Sawan) Maas
Shravan somvar vrat Dates for Southern and Western States of India, which include, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.
- Monday, 09 August – Start of Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 16 August – 2nd Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 23 August – 3rd Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 30 August – 4th Shravan Somvar
- Monday, 06 September – End of Shravan Somvar
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Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi
Taking an early morning bath during Shravan Monday Vrat and chanting “Om Namah Shivay” with Rudraksha beads nine or one hundred and eight times are immensely favorable in the month of Shravan Maas.
The person who observes Shravan somvar vrat can have milk, curd, and other milk products, fruits as well as other fasting items.
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Waking up early morning, the whole Sawan Month usually on Mondays 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.
At the time of Shravan Maas- Monday Fast, pursuing Eka Bhukta Bhojan or having 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 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 Shravan somvar vrat.
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.
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Shravan Somvar Vrat Katha
In Amarpur town, there was a wealthy merchant; who had no lack of money and also people respected him in society. But he was very unhappy; as he had no children. He is often upset about the fact that he has no children. Who will take care of his property after leaving? He was a devotee of Lord Shiva. He worshiped him every Monday with obeisance and lit the lamp in the temple in the evening.
On seeing the devotion of that merchant, Parvati told Lord Shiva on one day- ‘O Prananath, this merchant is your true devotee. He is doing regular fasts and worships you on Monday for a long time. God, you must fulfill his wish.’
Lord Shiva said that man gets the fruits according to his deeds. But Parvati did not agree and said that you must fulfill the wish of this devotee. Lord Shiva accepted with Maa Parvati and said that ‘I will give him a boon of having a son, but his son will not survive for more than 16 years.’
On the same night, Lord Shiva gave a boon to the merchant in his dream and gave him a boon for a son and told him about the survival of his son for 16 years. The merchant was pleased with the boon of God, but the anxiety of the son’s short life destroyed that happiness. He continued to fast on Monday as usual. A few months later, the beautiful son was born in his house. The celebration of the son’s birth was celebrated with great pomp.
The merchant was not happy with the birth of the son. As he knows the secret of the child’s short life. This secret was not known to anyone in the house. His son was named Amar; means immortal. When Amar was 12, he sent him to Kashi to get an education with his uncle. Mama and Amar came out for Varanasi. Where Amar and his uncle reached, they donated to the poor.
At the time they reached the city, the wedding ceremony of the princess of the city was going on. The groom was a one-eyed person. But this thing was not known to the princess and her family. The groom’s parents kept this secret hidden. The groom’s parents were afraid that if their son came in front of the princess, their pole would open and the marriage would be broken. So they were searching for an unknown person in the city. Coincidentally they met Amar and asked him to become face groom for the shake of their pride. Amar accepted the request and became a groom and got married to the princess.
Amar did not want to hide the truth from the princess; so he wrote all the truth about the groom and his family. The Princess was surprised to read that letter. Then she decided not to go with the prince. The princess told Amar that she is his wife and she will wait here till he completes his education.
Amar went to Kashi for his education; still, he never missed somvar vrat. Especially on Shravan somvar; he worshiped Lord Shiva with complete dedication and donate prasad to the poor. Time went on growing; when Amar was 16 years old, Yamraj stood in front of him. But Yamraj had to return empty-handed. Because before this; Lord Shiva gave him a boon to long life due to his devotion and noble deeds. As he was observed 16 somvar vrat starting from Shravan somvar with proper manner and devotion. After getting his education in Kashi, Amar returned home with his wife and the family started living happily.
Significance Of Shravan Somvar
Sawan Month is all about Somvar Vrats. 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 is truly propitious especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband for marriage purposes.