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How to do or observe Shravan Somvar Vrat? – Monday Puja and Fasting in Sawan Month

Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during normal days. Millions of devout Hindus observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.

Shravan Somvar Vrat Dates in 2018

North India

Monday, 30 July 2018
Monday, 06 August 2018
Monday, 13 August 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018

Maharashtra - Gujarat - Goa - Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Monday, 13 August 2018
Monday, 20 August 2018
Monday, 27 August 2018
Monday, 03 September 2018

Here is a brief procedure to observe Shravan Somvar Vrat

  • After the morning bath and other purification rituals.
  • Lord Ganesha is first prayed to.
  • Next, Lord Shiva is prayed to by chanting Om Namah Shivaya.
  • The offerings that are made are Bilva leaves, white flowers, water, honey and milk.
  • If you have Shivling at home you can do abhishek with water, honey or milk.
  • Fasting on the day is from sunrise to sunset.
  • You can chant Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Om Namah Shivaya on the day.
  • Those who observe fast on Mondays in some regions wear only white clothes.
  • Those observing partial fast eat fruits.
  • Some devotees read the Shiva Purana on the day.
  • Those people who live along the banks of Ganga use water from Ganga to perform abhishek on the Shivling.
  • The fast is broken in the evening after praying to Lord Shiva. Some devotees visit a Shiva Shrine during the period. Some devotees opt for a 24-hour fast and they break the fast on the next day morning.
Buy and Keeping Things at home on Shravan Somvar
  • Bhasma in the Puja area
  • Rudraksha in the Puja area
  • Keep Gangajal (water from Ganga in Kitchen)
  • Sculpture of silver snake (Nag and Nagin) should be kept at home is auspicious.
  • Buying trishul made of silver or bronze and keeping it in home is meritorious. 
  • Keeping Damaru in the room in which children sleep will help in keeping out negative forces.
It must be noted that Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are devout Hindus who observe vrat on all Mondays in a year.

Benefits of Shravan Somvar Vrat

  • 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. 
  • It is believed that those who observe Somwar vrat will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom.

Greatness of Shravan Somvar

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.

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