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Shravan Somwar Vrat 2017 dates – Greatness of Monday Fasting in Shravan Month

Mondays in the Hindi month of Shravan or Shrawan (July – August) is dedicated to God Shiva and Hindus in North India observe Shravan Somwar Vraa or Monday fasting. In 2017, Shravan Somvar Vrat days are July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7, 2017 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.

In Maharashtra and Gujarat Shravan Somvar Vrat in 2017 is on July 24, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 21, 2017.

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 Ma…

Hindu Sayings on Good Thoughts

Just as fruit is born of a seed, deeds are born of thoughts. Bad fruits are born from bad seeds similarly evil acts are born of evil thoughts.
As a farmer separates good and true seed from the seed of weeds, and selects from among the good seed and the choicest and guards and sorts it; even so a prudent man treats his thoughts; he repels vain and foolish thoughts, and preserves the good thoughts, cherishing and assorting them.
If you do not repel evil thoughts and cherish good thoughts, you cannot avoid evil acts.
Good deeds come from good thoughts only. Cherish good thoughts, searching for them in books of wisdom, in sensible conversations and above all in your inner self.
So that a lamp may give steady light it must be placed where it is protected from the wind. But if a lamp is in a windy place, the light will flicker and cast strange and dark shadows. Even so uncontrolled, foolish and ill-assorted thoughts cast strange and dark shadows upon the soul of man.