Shravan Maas, Shravan Mahina, 2015- Importance of Shravan Somvar 2015

Shravan Maas, Shravan Mahina 2015

01st August 2015- 29th August 2015 is the month of  Shravan in 2015. Shravan is the 1st month in the series of the Chaturmaas (read about the Chaturmas here). It is the 5th month in the Hindu lunar calender, one marked by auspicious activities and poojas. In Hindu calendar Shravana month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Whole month is considered auspicious to seek blessing of Lord Shiva. Devotees keep various fasts during Shravan month to please Lord Shiva.

Pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva and all the animals that are dear to Him are worshipped this month. Shravan Somvar 2015 (the Mondays of the month of  Shravan) are highly revered and special pujas and archanas are done on this day to please Shambu- Bholenath. The Ujjain Tryambakeshwar Shiva temple amidst the chanting of the Maha Rudram, offers Panchamrut and several other abhisheks  to Lord Shiva.

Next comes Naga Panchami, another festival for the Snake God– dear to Lord Shiva. Then comes Pola- when the bullocks are worshipped for helping the farmer- a symbol of Nandi, the carrier of Lord Shiva, the emissary who sits in front of the Shiva Ling, guarding the Lord.

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Lord Shiv drinking halahala during Samudra Manthan- churning of the Milky way

Lord Shiv drinking Halahala during Samudra Manthan- churning of the Milky way

Importance of Shravan Month and Shravan Somvar 2015 Vrat

As we have already discussed, the Chaturmaas- the month when Shravan actually falls in, is a month of austerity and simplicity. People observe fasts and prayers in this holy month. This is the time when Lord Shiva drank the poisonous Halahala that emanated from the churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) for the quest of the Nectar (ambrosia). As he drank the poison, Goddess Parvati held his neck to stop him from drinking it and he held it in his throat, making it go blue- Hence the name – Neelakantha (the One with the Blue throat).

Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar
01 August (Saturday) 1st day of Shravana
03 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
10 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
17 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
24 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
29 August (Saturday) Last day of Shravana Month
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
15 August (Saturday) First day of Shravana Month
17 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
24 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
31 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
18 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
07 August (Monday) Sawan Somwar Vrat
13 August (Sunday) Last day of Shravana
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There is fifteen days difference in starting time of Shravan month depending on the followed lunar calendar in the region. In Purnimant calendar, usually followed by North Indian states, Shravan month starts fifteen days before Amavasyant calendar. In Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Amavasyant Lunar Calendar is followed while in North Indian states Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab,Himachal Pradesh and Bihar Purnimant Calendar is followed. Hence half of the Sawan Somwar dates differ in both calendars. 

All Tuesdays or Mangalwar in Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Tuesday’s fasting during Shravan month is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. Sawan Shivaratri and Hariyali Amavasya are other auspicious days during Shravan month.

Observe fast and abstain from meat, eggs, onion. Ways to Observe the Shravan rituals:
  • Observe Mauna Vrat (silence in speech) atleast for a few hours of the day.
  • Eat austere and stay simple.
  • Wake up early and visit Shiva temple and offer Bilva leaves (vein side of the leaf to be on top and the soft inner side to be on the linga). See below., Learn more about the Bilva or Bael Leaves here.
  • Read any shiva stotra and seek his blessings. See below
  • You can also do the somsutra pradakshina.
Bilva leaves on a Linga

Bilva leaves on a Linga

Jyotirlinga Stotra

Jyotirlinga Stotra