Shravan month is one of the holiest months in Hindu calendar. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also the first month in Chatur Mas – four holy months in Hindi Calendar. Mondays in Shrawan month are highly auspicious and millions of Hindu devotees visit Lord Shiva shrines on the day. Equally important is Saturdays or Shanivar in the month of Shravan. Shravan Shanivar is chosen by many devout Hindus to seek the blessings of Lord Shani.
Shravan month in 2012 in North India is from - July 4 to August 2.
In Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka - Shravan is from July 20 to August 17.
Shravan Shaniwar is also known as Sampat Shanivara, as it is widely believed that Lord Shani showers blessings on devotees especially that of prosperity and wealth.
Saturday or Shanivar is generally dedicated to Lord Shani and people observe a fast on the day to get rid of the malefic effects that Shani graha has on their horoscope. In Sawan month, Shanivar Vrata is observed by all people as it is Sampat Shaniwaara – ‘Sampat’ means wealth.
People who undertake Shani pujas on Shanivar usually wear black clothes and offer black colored items like sesame til, black gram etc. Fasting dedicated to Shani is broken in the evening after prayers.
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