Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sawan Month Begins Today, Know Shiva Puja Rituals

Appease Lord Shiva as per your zodiac sign and attain desirable outcomes. The month of Shravan begins from today, i.e. 17 July 2019. Know why this month is dear to Lord Shiva and its significance.

Today, i.e. 17 July 2019, the month of Sawan has begun. With this, festivals and fasts also start to arrive. In Hinduism, the Shravan month holds high importance, especially for worshipping Lord Shiva, because it is believed that this month is dedicated to the Lord himself. According to the Hindu Panchang, the fifth month from the Chaitra month every year is called Shravan month. On the other hand, in the English Calendar, the month of Sawan comes in July or August. Also, it is seen that the Shravan month begins in the rainy season every year. This is the time of the year when nature blesses the Earth with its beauty and greenery. Bathing and doing the Rudrabhishek during the Sawan month is considered significant.

Sawan Somvar Vrat Dates

First Sawan Somvar Fast
July 22, 2019
Second Sawan Somvar Fast
July 29, 2019
Third Sawan Somvar Fast
August 5, 2019
Fourth Sawan Somvar Fast
August 12, 2019

Rare Coincidence During Sawan 2019

Several auspicious yogas are forming during this time in the Sawan month. According to the Hindu Panchang, below are the details:

  • The yoga of Shravan Krishna Panchami Tithi on the first Monday
  • The yoga of Trayodashi Pradosh Vrat & Sarvarth Amrit Siddhi Yog on the second Monday
  • The yoga of Nag Panchami on the third Monday
  • The yoga of Trayodashi Tithi on the fourth Monday

These auspicious combinations add to the significance of the month.

Sawan Somvar Vrat & Puja Rituals

The month of Sawan isn’t less than a festival for the devotees of Lord Shiva. They worship the Mahadev every Monday in this sacred month and fast on that day to attain his blessings. A flock of devotees line up at the Jyotirlingas, Shivalayas and temples to get a glimpse of their loving Bholenath and worship him with utter devotion. This is why these places are beautifully decorated. Now, let’s read the puja and vrat rituals to be performed during the Shiv Puja and Sawan month:

  • When Sawan month begins, wake up early in the morning, take a shower and put on fresh clothes.
  • Clean the altar and the area around it.
  • After this, if there’s a temple around your house, visit it and do the abhishek of Lord Shiva with milk and water.
  • After this, apply a sandalwood tilak on the idol of Lord Shiva and Shivling, chant the mantra “ऊं नम: शिवाय / ūṃ nama: śivāya” and offer him supari or betel, panchamrit, coconut, bel leaves, dhatura, flowers, fruits etc.
  • Then, light a diya using Ghee or Oil.
  • After this, sit with closed eyes and folded hands in front of the Lord and conclude for the fast.
  • Then, Katha or story and Shiv Chalisa must be recited, and Mangal Aarti must be done.
  • Worship the Shivling on the day of fast.
  • After getting over with your puja in the evening, conclude your fast and consume Sattvic food.

Shravan Month Dearest To Bholenath

According to the beliefs in Hinduism, Sawan Somvar Vrat observed and donations made during the month of Sawan appease Lord Shiva. Many mythological stories are heard in this context. According to one of them, it is said that Maa Parvati observed a difficult fast without any food or water in the month of Sawan to get Lord Shiva as her husband. Her efforts made the Lord happy, and he married her. Hence, it is believed that any unmarried girl who observes the Sawan Somvar fast throughout the month gets blessed with a husband like Lord Shiva.

Another mythological story states that in this month itself, Lord Shiva appeared on the Earth and decided to visit his in-laws, where he was welcomed in a grand style with Jalabhishek etc. Hence, from that day itself, it is believed that the Lord himself comes on the Earth and visits his in-laws. In this duration, his devotees worship the Lord and can attain his blessings.

Importance of Sawan Somvar Vrat 

It is mentioned in the scriptures that whosoever worships Lord Shiva with utter devotion and passion in the month of Sawan attains his blessings. It is also believed that married women fasting in this month can make their marital life prosperous, whereas unmarried girls can attain a desirable match. Also, devotees worshipping and fasting in this month get blessed with longevity.
Kanwar and Jhanda Yatra Begins With Sawan Month

With the commencement of the Sawan month, the devotees of Lord Shiva embark on a religious journey called Kanwar & Jhanda Yatra. On this occasion, devotees, also called as kanwarias, fill their Kanwar, a small vessel, with water from the banks of Narmada and use it to perform the ceremony of Jalabhishek on Shivling in Shiva’s temple. In this month, the Kanwarias can be seen hailing the Lord while walking down the road with their kanwars. Similarly, in the Sharda Mandir Madan Mahal, the tradition of offering flags on the day of Sawan Somvar is followed. For this, long branches of Bamboo are painted and decorated, the flag is tied to one end of the pole and then offered to the temple.

We hope that the grace and blessings of Lord Bholenath in this holy month of Sawan remain on you. Infinite luck to all readers by AstroSage!

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