New Delhi: Sawan month is considered to be the most auspicious month. Lord Shiva is worshipped during this month and the devotees observe fast on each Monday. As per Drik Panchang, the first Somwar fast is being observed on Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan i.e., today 10th July, 2023 by the lakhs of devotees of Lord Shiva.
During this month, devotees observe a fast every Monday, which is known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar. They also pray to Lord Shiva and seek his blessings. Many worshipers observe a fast of Solah Somvar or Solah Somvar from the first Monday of the month of Sawan. While Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva, all Tuesdays or Tuesdays in the month of Sawan are dedicated to Goddess Parvati. According to the Drik Panchang, the fast on Tuesday in the month of Sawan is called Mangal Gauri Vrat. Additionally, Sawan Shivratri and Hariyali Amavasya are other auspicious days of the month of Shravan.
According to Hindu legend, Lord Shiva consumed the poison that arose from the ocean during the ‘Samudra Manthan’ and thus saved the world. As a result, his devotees observe the Sawan or Shravan month to pray to the Lord, who always protects and blesses his followers with good health and fortune.
Sawan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, falling between July and August. Devotees observe fasts and pray to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for a peaceful and prosperous life on this special occasion. They also go on ‘Kanwar Yatra’, where they collect water from holy rivers and carry Kanwars on their shoulders to offer to Shivlingas at nearby temples. Every year, thousands of devout pilgrims make the journey. Furthermore, it is said that the holy water should not be kept on the floor or any other surface until it is offered to Lord Shiva.