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Maharavivar Vrat – Maha Ravivar Vrata in Bhadrapad Month

Maharavivar Vrat is observed by certain Hindu communities in North India in the Bhadrapad Month. Maharavivar Vrat 2018 date is September 23. Ravivar is Sunday and Vrat is fasting. The day is dedicated to Surya and Shiva.

The vrat is observed on the second Sunday, or the Sunday before Purnima or full moon day in Bhadrapad month, as per traditional calendar followed in North India. This is the Sunday that is the one that falls during the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon.

Some people observe a partial fast on the day. Special prayers and rituals held on the day are dedicated to Surya.

How to observe Maharavivar Vrat?

On the day one has to wake up before sunrise. Holy bath is to be performed in sea, lake or river. If not possible then bath should be taken at home.

Rising sun should be worshipped on the day. Gayatri mantra should be chanted.

Rising sun should be offered water; aarti should be performed using lamp; red flowers, incense and dhoop also should be offered.

Shivling should be worshipped with water and bilva leaves.

The Panchakshari mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" should be chanted 108 times.

Clothes and food can be donated on the day to poor children and elderly.