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Solah Somvar Vrat Katha : सोलह सोमवार व्रत कथा

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Somwar Vrat Katha

Monday fasts or Solah Somvar vrats are kept for 16 consecutive Mondays. These fasts are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Solah Somvar Vrat Katha : सोलह सोमवार व्रत कथा

A devotee can start Solah Somvar Vrat on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in any month. But devotees usually begin the fasting in Shravan or Kartik month. Solah Somvar Vrat is observed by women to get good husbands and many also observe it when they are blessed with a good married life. It is also believed that observing this Vrat will help in getting one’s wishes fulfilled.

Solah Somvar Vrat Katha : सोलह सोमवार व्रत कथा In Hindi

एक समय श्री महादेव जी पार्वती जी के साथ भ्रमण करते हुए मृत्युलोक में अमरावती नगरी में आये, वहां के राजा ने एक शिवजी का मंदिर बनवाया था। शंकर जी वहीं ठहर गये। एक दिन पार्वती जी शिवजी से बोली- नाथ! आइये आज चौसर खेलें। खेल प्रारंभ हुआ, उसी समय पुजारी पूजा करने को आये। पार्वती जी ने पूछा- पुजारी जी! बताइये जीत किसकी होगी? वह बाले शंकर जी की और अन्त में जीत पार्वती जी की हुई। पार्वती ने मिथ्या भाषण के कारण पुजारी जी को कोढ़ी होने का शाप दिया, पुजारी जी कोढ़ी हो गये।
 
कुछ काल बात अप्सराएं पूजन के लिए आई और पुजारी से कोढी होने का कारण पूछा- पुजारी जी ने सब बातें बतला दीं। अप्सराएं बोली- पुजारी जी! तुम सोलह सोमवार का व्रत करो। महादेव जी तुम्हारा कष्ट दूर करेंगे। पुजारी जी ने उत्सुकता से व्रत की विधि पूछी। अप्सरा बोली- सोमवार को व्रत करें, संध्योपासनोपरान्त आधा सेर गेहूं के आटे का चूरमा तथा मिट्‌टी की तीन मूर्ति बनावें और घी, गुड , दीप, नैवेद्य, बेलपत्रादि से पूजन करें। बाद में चूरमा भगवान शंकर को अर्पण कर, प्रसादी समझ वितरित कर प्रसाद लें। इस विधि से सोलह सोमवार कर सत्रहवें सोमवार को पांच सेर गेहूं के आटे की बाटी का चूरमा बनाकर भोग लगाकर बांट दें फिर सकुटुम्ब प्रसाद ग्रहण करें। ऐसा करने से शिवजी तुम्हारे मनोरथ पूर्ण करेंगे। यह कहकर अप्सरा स्वर्ग को चली गई।
 
पुजारी जी यथाविधि व्रत कर रोग मुक्त हुए और पूजन करने लगे। कुछ दिन बाद शिव पार्वती पुनः आये पुजारी जी को कुशल पूर्वक देख पार्वती ने रोग मुक्त होने का कारण पूछा। पुजारी के कथनानुसार पार्वती ने व्रत किया, फलस्वरूप अप्रसन्न कार्तिकेय जी माता के आज्ञाकारी हुए। कार्तिकेय जी ने भी पार्वती से पूछा कि क्या कारण है कि मेरा मन आपके चरणों में लगा? पार्वती ने वही व्रत बतलाया। कार्तिकेय जी ने भी व्रत किया, फलस्वरूप बिछुड़ा हुआ मित्र मिला। उसने भी कारण पूछा। बताने पर विवाह की इच्छा से यथाविधि व्रत किया। फलतः वह विदेश गया, वहां राजा की कन्या का स्वयंवर था। राजा का प्रण था कि हथिनी जिसको माला पहनायेगी उसी के साथ पुत्री का विवाह होगा। यह ब्राह्‌मण भी स्वयंवर देखने की इच्छा से एक ओर जा बैठा। हथिनी ने माला इसी ब्राह्‌मण कुमार को पहनाई। धूमधाम से विवाह हुआ तत्पश्चात दोनों सुख से रहने लगे। एक दिन राजकन्या ने पूछा- नाथ! आपने कौन सा पुण्य किया जिससे राजकुमारों को छोड हथिनी ने आपका वरण किया। ब्राह्‌मण ने सोलह सोमवार का व्रत सविधि बताया। राज-कन्या ने सत्पुत्र प्राप्ति के लिए व्रत किया और सर्वगुण सम्पन्न पुत्र प्राप्त किया। बड़े होने पर पुत्र ने पूछा- माता जी! किस पुण्य से मेरी प्राप्ति आपको हुई? राजकन्या ने सविधि सोलह सोमवार व्रत बतलाया। पुत्र राज्य की कामना से व्रत करने लगा। उसी समय राजा के दूतों ने आकर उसे राज्य-कन्या के लिए वरण किया। आनन्द से विवाह सम्पन्न हुआ और राजा के दिवंगत होने पर ब्राह्‌मण कुमार को गद्‌दी मिली। फिर वह इस व्रत को करता रहा। एक दिन इसने अपनी पत्नी से पूजन सामग्री शिवालय में ले चलने को कहा, परन्तु उसने दासियों द्वारा भिजवा दी। जब राजा ने पूजन समाप्त किया जो आकाशवाणी हुई कि इस पत्नी को निकाल दे, नहीं तो वह तेरा सत्यानाश कर देगी। प्रभु की आज्ञा मान उसने रानी को निकाल दिया।
 
रानी भाग्य को कोसती हुई नगर में बुढ़िया के पास गई। दीन देखकर बुढि या ने इसके सिर पर सूत की पोटली रख बाजार भेजा, रास्ते में आंधी आई, पोटली उड गई। बुढि या ने फटकार कर भगा दिया। वहां से तेली के यहां पहुंची तो सब बर्तन चटक गये, उसने भी निकाल दिया। पानी पीने नदी पर पहुंची तो नदी सूख गई। सरोवर पहुंची तो हाथ का स्पर्श होते ही जल में कीड़े पड गये, उसी जल को पी कर आराम करने के लिए जिस पेड के नीचे जाती वह सूख जाता। वन और सरोवर की यह दशा देखकर ग्वाल इसे मन्दिर के गुसाई के पास ले गये। यह देखकर गुसाईं जी समझ गये यह कुलीन अबला आपत्ति की मारी हुई है। धैर्य बंधाते हुए बोले- बेटी! तू मेरे यहां रह, किसी बात की चिन्ता मत कर। रानी आश्रम में रहने लगी, परन्तु जिस वस्तु पर इसका हाथ लगे उसी में कीड़े पड जायें। दुःखी हो गुसाईं जी ने पूछा- बेटी! किस देव के अपराध से तेरी यह दशा हुई? रानी ने बताया – मैंने पति आज्ञा का उल्लंघन किया और महादेव जी के पूजन को नहीं गई। गुसाईं जी ने शिवजी से प्रार्थना की। गुसाईं जी बोले- बेटी! तुम सोलह सोमवार का व्रत करो। रानी ने सविधि व्रत पूर्ण किया। व्रत के प्रभाव से राजा को रानी की याद आई और दूतों को उसकी खोज करने भेजा। आश्रम में रानी को देखकर दूतों ने आकर राजा को रानी का पता बताया, राजा ने जाकर गुसाईं जी से कहा- महाराज! यह मेरी पत्नी है शिव जी के रुष्ट होने से मैंने इसका परित्याग किया था। अब शिवजी की कृपा से इसे लेने आया हूं। कृपया इसे जाने की आज्ञा दें। गुसाईं जी ने आज्ञा दे दी। राजा रानी नगर में आये। नगर वासियों ने नगर सजाया, बाजा बजने लगे। मंगलोच्चार हुआ। शिवजी की कृपा से प्रतिवर्ष सोलह सोमवार व्रत को कर रानी के साथ आनन्द से रहने लगा। अंत में शिवलोक को प्राप्त हुए। इसी प्रकार जो मनुष्य भक्ति सहित और विधिपूर्वक सोलह सोमवार व्रत को करता है और कथा सुनता है उसकी सब मनोकामनाएं पूर्ण होती हैं और अंत में शिवलोक को प्राप्त होता है।
॥ बोलो शिवशंकर भोले नाथ की जय ॥

Solah Somvar Vrat Katha : सोलह सोमवार व्रत कथा In English

Somvar Vrat – Monday Fasting Dedicated to Hindu God Shiva     Upvaas, or fasting, in Hinduism is mainly observed for the fulfillment of a vow. Upvas is also referred as ‘Vrats.’ But ‘Vrat’ has a wider meaning and it is not just curtailed to the fasting observed for material or other gains. Each day in a week is dedicated to one or more of the gods in the Hindu pantheon. A particular deity is appeased by the devotee on a particular day. Thus Monday is usually dedicated to Lord Shiva.

It is believed that goddess Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva and observed Solah Somvar fasts with immense devotion. Ever since then unmarried girls started keeping this fast and asking Lord Shiva to bless them with a life partner like himself.  You might have seen that devotees visit Shiv mandirs on Monday. This is because Monday is the day dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is believed that by observing the Solah Somvar fasts with full devotion and dedication, Lord Shiva blesses the devotees and fulfills their wishes as well.

Devotees will start Solah Somvar Vrat  from the Shukla Paksha of any month. Apart from this, many devotees usually start their fast from Shravan or Kartik month.

The legand of this fast is related to the curse of the Moon. According to the Hindu epics, Moon is the son-in-law of the king Daksha. Daksha married his all daughter to the Moon but Moon only loves Rohini due to this all daughters of Daksha went to his father and complaint against the Moon. To heard the sorrow of his all daughters he cursed the Moon that his body will fade day by day. When the Moon was started fade he tell his problem to the Lord Shiva then he suggest him to take Solah Somvar Vrat. After that Moon started take the fast of Solah Somvar and finally he was free from the curse of Daksha.

Rules of Solah Somvar Vrat

Solah Somvar Vrat is starts from the sunrise and ends at the sunset. So devotees should have to complete their daily routine at sunset then worshipped ShivaLinga with milk, curd, gangajal, honey, sugar and water. Next step is read Solah Somvar Vrat Katha or listen the story of Solah Somvar Vrat. In this fast devotees have to take meal only one time after the sunrise worship. Some devotees take this fast without opt water but some devotees consume water, coconut milk, fruits during fast.

Solah Somvar Vrat Katha

Once Lord Shiva with Goddess Parvati visited the famous city Amravati. On their way, they find a beautiful Lord Shiva temple, made by the king of the city Amravati. To see the beauty of the temple they decide to stay some time there. One day, Goddess Parvati notice that Lord Shiva was in playful mood so she offer to play dice game. They started playing dice game suddenly the priest of the temple come there. In the excitement of the game Godeess Parvati asked to the priest “who will win the game of the dice”, the priest was not prepare for any question because of by mistaken he said that Lord shiva will win the game but Parvati won the game. After won the game, she felt angry on the priest. Lord Shiva tried to  calm her but she gave him a curse of being leper. Due to the curse of Godess Parvati he became leper and lived a miserable life. After some years of that incident several fairies came to the temple and asked the reason to the priest of his misery then he narrate all the episode. To hear his story one fairy asked him to perform Solah Somvar Vrat continuously and tell her the rule of the fast. She asked him , on the seventeenth Monday, prepare the Prashad or holy food with ghee, gur with mixed flour and distribute this prasand among devotees, family members and take some yourself. Through the blessing of this fast you will be free from the leprosy. Later all the fairies was disappeared and proest perform all the rituals of the Solah Somvar vrat. Soon he recovered his normal health by the positive energy of the fast.

Once Lord Shiva and Parvati again visit to that temple when Pravati saw that priest healthy she was surprised and asked him the secret of his health then the priest narrate her all the story. To hear the glory of the Solah Somvar Vrat she felt very happy and also perform the fast. After completing 16th vrat her son Kartikeya, who was displeased with her, was presented in front of her. He asked to the Parvati that which power attracts him and please him then Parvati narrate her all the story.

To listen the power and glory of the Solah Somvar vrat he also perform that fast to reunion with his Brahmin friend, he also gets the result and soon he meets with his Brahmin friend. Kartikaye, a friend asked him the reason of that miracle then kartikaye tell him that he wants to meet him so he perform Solah Somvar vrat. As a result, they meet unexpectedly, Brahmin friend also impressed by that vrat and he decided to take fast. Brahmin also follows all the rules and regulation of the fast and on the day when he completed his fast he was passed by the city. The king of the city performs the swayamver of his daughter but he asked that the elephant decides the groom for his daughter and gave a garland to the elephant. That Bramin was curious about that Sayamvar so he decided to see that when he reached on the Swayamver that elephant garlanded him so the king of the city married her daughter to him. After some time the king was expired and that Brahmin became the king of that city. On the first night, Princess asked him why elephant garlanded him and leave all the Prince who are invited in the Swayamvar. To hear the request of his wife he reveals that the miracle of Solah Somvar vrat.

The wife of Brahmin also impressed to hear the glory of Solah Somvar vrat and started performing fast. By the blessing of the Lord Shiva she gave birth to  a beautiful and intellectual son. When that boy became young she asked his mother to narrate the story of his birth. The mother reveals that she took the fast of Solah Somvar to get him then the boy also perform these fast to get the other kingdom for their parents. Incidentally, an old king of near state also searching a groom for her daughter and send his messenger for a perfect groom for her daughter. To see that boy he asked the king about him and king married her daughter to him. After some time the king was died and that boy was became the king but that boy regularly performs Solah Somvar vrat. On the day of the 17th Monday that boy arranged a large pooja on the temple and ordered his wife to accompany him on the pooja rituals but she denied. The king performed all the rituals single suddenly he heard a sound or an akashwani to leave his wife. To heard that sound he took a conference of the minister and tell them his problem because he made king due to the queen but their ministers suggested him to leave the queen. So king ordered the queen to leave the palace, she left out bare foot and in worn-out clothes. She was thrisy and hungry but due his misfortune she was not able to eat and drink something. If she touched water or food all thing become rotten she started to cursed his fate.

A potter man felt pity on her and asked her to help him and he will provide food in the exchange of food but when she carry the pots a fast wind blew came and all pots was fall down. The queen felt sorry and potter asked him to go away. Then she reached in a oilman’s house but her misfortune follow her the all the pots that are full of oil break and oilman’s asked him to go away. Now she went in a dark forest, she saw a river but when she reach to the bank river to quench her thrist all the river was dried up. Then she saw a water tank but when she touch the water all water turned muddy then she drink that muddy water. For rest she searched shaddy tree but all sheddy tress became leafless when she sit down to take rest.

The cowherds saw all the incident and told all the incident to the temple priest. Then the priest called him and surprised to see their royal ettiqutes. After that she started lived with that priest but soon she fed up with her life because all things turn impure by her touch. Then the priest asked the reason of her misfortune she narrate all the story. To heard all the story the priest suggested her to take Solah somvar Vrat to please Lord Shiva. When she completed the rituals of the Solah Somvar vrat, her husband remember her and send his messangers to search her. When they find the queen they requested to the priest to send her with them but the priest refused their request. At last king came and asked the priest that he was his husband, he leaves her on the order of Lord Shiva but know Lord Shiva anger was turned into peace so he came here to receive her. The priest believed in the word of the king and return the queen. The queen gets a large welcome party. The king distributes money, food, clothes to the needy people and perform Pooja rituals.

After all these incidents both performs Solah Somvar Vrat Katha and live happily in their kingdom. When they died both enters Shivpuri, the home of the Lord Shiva. It is said that those devotees who takes the fast of Lord Shiva will enter Shivpuri after the death.

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