Shravan Somvar Vrat

Mondays of holiest Shravan maas is known as Shravan somvar. This month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. As Lord Shiva loves to be worshiped on Mondays; Shravan somvar is considered very auspicious. It is believed that in this month Bholanath fulfils all the wishes of his devotees. It is also believed that on Shravan Mondays, the people who worship Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati simultaneously receive a boon of good fortune and there is no financial hardship in the life of such people. Regular worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on all Shravan somvar keeps his grace and continues to be happy in a married life.

If a person is not getting married and facing obstacles for his/her marriage, then such people should definitely observe Shravan somvar vrat. The devotees get married soon after the grace of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. This vrat also helps to receive life partner.

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Shravan Somvar Vrat Dates in 2019

Shravan somvar vrat Dates for Northern States of India, which include, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand.

Thursday, 18 July - Start of Shravan Maas
Monday, 22 July - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 29 July - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 5 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 12 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Thursday, 15 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.

Friday, 2 August - Start of Shravan Maas
Monday, 5 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 12 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 19 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Monday, 26 August - Shravan Somvar Vrat
Friday, 30 August - End of Shravan(Sawan) Maas

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Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi

First of all, you have to decide what type of fast to observe on Shravan somvar? There are three types of fasting on Monday.

  1. Shravan somvar vrat: Keeping fast only on Shravan somvar
  2. Solah somvar vrat: Keeping fast on sixteen Mondays starting from first Monday of Shravan.
  3. Mildly Pradosh Vrat

The methods of fasting are same for all types. It is considered auspicious to start this fast on first Shravan somvar. Here is some important vrat vidhi to perform on this Shravan somvar;

  1. On Shravan somvar, you should wake up before sunrise. Complete all your morning routine like cleaning the house, bathing and etc.
  2. After the bath, spray the Ganga water in the entire house.
  3. Establish the statue of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati in the temple or on a clean place. If the idol or photo is already there, then clean it.
  4. After preparing, chant this mantra:
    ‘Nam kshemasthairyavijayaarogyaishvaryaabhivrddhayarthan somavratan karishye'
    (मम क्षेमस्थैर्यविजयारोग्यैश्वर्याभिवृद्धयर्थं सोमव्रतं करिष्ये)
  5. Then meditate this mantra-
    ‘ध्यायेन्नित्यंमहेशं रजतगिरिनिभं चारुचंद्रावतंसं रत्नाकल्पोज्ज्वलांग परशुमृगवराभीतिहस्तं प्रसन्नम्।
    पद्मासीनं समंतात्स्तुतममरगणैर्व्याघ्रकृत्तिं वसानं विश्वाद्यं विश्ववंद्यं निखिलभयहरं पंचवक्त्रं त्रिनेत्रम्॥
    (Dhayyanayanthyamheshe rajatgirinibhun charuchandravatantas ratnakalpojjalang parashumrgvarabhihastan prasannam.
    Padmasinam Samanitantamnagarabragratitratna vasanan vishvadanya vishwvandya nikhilbhayrahan panchkakta trenetram)
  6. After meditation, worship Lord Shiva with chanting ' Om Namah Shivaya' and Maa Parvati with chanting 'Om namah shivaayai'.
  7. After the worship, listen to vrat katha and then do aarti.
  8. Donate Prasad and follow swastik diet for all the day.

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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 the 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 on 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 fast and worships you on Monday for a long time. God, you must fulfil his wish.’

Lord Shiva said that man gets the fruits according to his deeds. But Parvati did not agree and said that you must fulfil 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 son's birth was celebrated with great pomp.

The merchant was not happy with the birth of the son. As he know 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 education with his uncle. Mama and Amar came out for Varanasi. Where Amar and his uncle reached, they donated the poor.

At the time they reached in 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 an unknown person in the city. Coincidentally they met Amar and asked him to become face groom for shake of their pride.  Amar accepted the request and became a groom and got married with 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 want to Kashi for his education; still he never missed somvar vrat. Specially on shravan somvar; he worshiped Lord Shiva with complete dedication and donate prasad to poors. 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.

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