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Shravan Somvar Vrat – Mondays of Sawan Month Dedicated to Lord Shiva

Mondays in the month of Shravan or Sawan (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hindus in North and Western parts of  India observe Shravan Somvar Vrat. In this month, Shivling is bathed with holy water from River Ganga. A fast is observed from sunrise to sunset on all Mondays in the month. In 2018, Shravan Somvar days are July 30, August 6, August 13, and August 20 as per traditional calendar followed in North India.
  • In Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Goa and Gujarat, Shravan Somvar Vrat in 2018 is on August 13, August 20, August 27, and September 3.
Who Observes?
  • 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. 
Fasting Rules
  • 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.
  • Offering milk to Lord Shiva in this month is considered highly auspicious. 
  • People also worship Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Lord Kartik in this month.
Importance of Shravan Somvar Vrat
Mondays in Hindu religion is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The importance of Shravan Somvar is because it is believed that the Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) took place in this month and Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hala to save the world during this period.

In South India, the Mondays in Kartik month (October – November) is considered highly auspicious and similar rituals are observed.

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