Mondays in the Hindi month of Shravan or Shrawan (July – August) is dedicated to God Shiva and Hindus in
India observe Shravan Somwar Vraa or Monday fasting. In 2013,
Shravan Somvar Vrat days are July 29, August 5, August 12 and August 19,
2013 as per traditional calendar followed in North India. In this month,
Shivling is bathed with holy water from River Ganga. Fasting is observed from
sunrise to sunset on all Mondays in the month.
Maharashtra and Gujarat
Shravan Somvar Vrat in 2013 is on August 12 and August 19, August 26 and September 2, 2013.
Married women observe the fast for a happy and long married life. Unmarried women observe it for getting good husbands. Men observe it for a happy and peaceful life. Those who observe fast eat only a single vegetarian meal. Shivlinga is bathed with
Ganga water or milk at
temples. Devotees also offer flowers or Bilva or Bel leaves to the Shivalingam.
The greatness of Shravan Somwar is because it is believed that the Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) took place in this month and Mahadev Shiva drank the poison Hala Hala to save the world during this period.