Shravan Month is an important and highly auspicious
Maas or Mahina (month) in Marathi Calendar. In 2012, in Marathi calendar Shravan month begins on July 20 and ends on August 17. The month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and, as in North India, there are special pujas and prayers and vrat dedicated to Shiva, especially on Mondays. On Tuesdays of Shravani month in Maharashtra, Mangala Gowri Puja is observed by certain communities. Fridays in the month are also highly auspicious.
All days in the month are considered favorable and each day there is a particular observance. Shiva puja on Mondays and Mangala Gowri Puja on Tuesdays are very popular. Sundays in month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God and Aditya puja is performed on the day. Ashwattha Maruti Puja takes place on Saturday. Jara Jeevantika Puja takes place on Friday. Brihaspati Puja is held on Thursday. Budh Puja is held on Wednesday.
Shravani Shukrawar, or Fridays in Shravan Month, is highly auspicious. Pujas and prayers are held in all houses. Special prayers are performed for the welfare of children. Neighbors, friends and relatives join in the prayers on the day. Puran lamps are prepared for placing on puja thali. Special puran dishes are also prepared on the day. Traditional red kumkum tika is applied on the forehead of the children.
People avoid non-vegetarian food in the month and abstain from drinking alcohol.
Nature also plays and important role in the festivals and rituals in the month. After the long harsh summer, Shravani month comes with the monsoon and farmers pray for an incident free rainy season and a good harvest.