Shravan Mahina or Sawan Month, is one of the holiest Hindu months and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in North India. This calendar is followed mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgarh and other North Indian states. A month in these regions is calculated from the day after Purnima or full moon to the next Purnima. The year in the Hindi Calendar is Saka 2073. Sravana Maasam(Masa/Maas) is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is considered as most auspicious month of the Chaturmas.
All Mondays or Somwar(s) which fall during Shravan month are considered highly auspicious for fasting and known as Shravan Somwar orSawan Somwar Vrats. Many devotees observe sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar fasting from first Somwar of Sawan month. This is a special month dedicated to Lord Shiva and His worship during Shravan has benefits that are extremely powerful. It is the month that is associated with the monsoon season which is crucial to the harvesting of crops and the prevention of droughts. Thus Shravan Masa is considered to be especially significant for gaining the blessings of the Gods.
The month in which full moon day coincides with or comes nearer to Sravana star that month is denoted as Sraavana Masam. Sravana star is considered as Sri Hari (Vishnu) Nakshathra. While Moon is the star lord, Sri Maha Vishnu is the star Deity of Sravana nakshathra. It is said that Lord Brahma had darshan of Lord Vishnu for the first time at the beginning of the creation in Sravana constellation. Astrologically Sravana star is regarded as an auspicious star which falls in the zodiac sign of Makara Raasi (Capricorn) ruled by Saturn. It is said that when Sun during his transit in Makara Raasi comes opposite to Sravana star the doors of Vaikunta (Moksha Dwara) gets opened during Uttarayana.
There is a mythological belief about the Monday fasting. This fast was observed first by Goddess Parvati in order to get Lord Shiva as her husband. By the auspiciousness of this fast she got Lord Shiva in form of her husband. That time the Monday fast was known to be kept by girls for getting their wish fulfilled of their choice husband.
Here is a brief procedure to observe Shravan Somvar Vrat :
After the morning bath pray to Lord Ganesha.
Then, Lord Shiva is prayed to by chanting Om Namah Shivaya.
Offer Bilva leaves, white flowers, water, honey and milk
If you have Shiv-ling at home you can do abhishek with water, honey or milk.
Fasting on the day is from sunrise to sunset.
You can chant Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Om Namah Shivaya on the day.
Most of the devotees read the Shiva Purana on the day.
Those people who live along the banks of Ganga use water from Ganga to perform abhishek on the Shivling.
The fast is broken in the evening after praying to Lord Shiva. Some devotees visit a Shiva Shrine during the period. Some devotees opt for a 24-hour fast and they break the fast on the next day morning.
It is believed that those who observe Somwar vrat will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom. In some areas, fasting on Mondays is observed by unmarried women to get a good husband.
Chant ” Har har Mahadev ” for Shravan Somwar Blessings
ॐ नमः शिवाय!!
Shravan Mahina or Sawan Month, is one of the holiest Hindu months and is dedicated to Lord Shiva in North India. Sravana Maasam (Masa/Maas) is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is considered as most auspicious month of the Chaturmas. All Mondays which fall during Shravan month are considered highly auspicious for fasting and known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar* Vrats.