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Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.

Whether you know any other Hindu month or not, you must be familiar with the month of Shravan.

It is a very auspicious month and holds a very special place in the heart of every Indian.

Shravan marks the arrival of the southwest monsoon in the Indian subcontinent.

It generally overlaps with the month of July-August.

The weather is cloudy and wet during this time and rain frequently blesses the grounds.

The whole nature seems very fresh and alive.

Significance of Shravan: Shravan is a very special month for Hindus.

There are many important festivals that fall in this month.

And above all, Shravan is the month of Shiva.

The whole month is a time of celebration for Shiva devotees.

The Mondays of Shravan even become more important and Shiva temples are flocked by devotees from all over the country.

Many people observe fast during this entire month or maintain a strict vegetarian diet.

Some hold fast during Mondays for lord Shiva and on Tuesdays for Mata Parvati.

It is said that girls who are aspiring for a good husband should observe fast on Mondays during Shravan.

Mata Parvati did this too before she could impress Shiva.

If we look scientifically, then also this fasting makes a lot of sense.

Shravan is the month when the monsoon is at its peak.

During this time, the digestive system becomes very weak and the presence of microbes increases in the environment.

Wrong eating habits can lead to ailments, that’s why it’s better to fast during this season.

Shravan, the month of Shiva: As we have already said, Shravan is considered the month of Shiva.

There is a story behind this fact.

The great episode of Samundra Manthan mentioned in Puranas is almost known to all.

Devas and Asuras came together to churn Amrit (nectar of immortality) out of the Kshirsagar (ocean).

This episode took place in the month of Shravan.

Before the Amrit came, many other things came out of the ocean.

Devas and Asuras were dividing those things among themselves.

But then emerged the deadliest poison of the universe from the ocean, Halahal.

Nobody wanted it, neither devas nor asuras.

Both of them wanted the other side to take it and were running away from it.

The poison was deadly and started causing havoc in the universe.

Then came Adi and Ananta, the lord of lords, Mahadev Shiva.

When nobody even dared to go near the poison, Shiva drank it all and stored the poison in His throat.

Due to the effect of the poison, His throat turned blue and He came to be known as the Neelkanth Mahadev.

Shiva’s throat was having tremendous burning sensations due to the poison.

Everyone was offering water, milk, butter to Lord Shiva to reduce the effects of poison.

Shiva drank all the poison even though He had no interest in the Amrita.

He did it just out of His immense compassion for every life around Him.

That’s why Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Kanwar Yatra – a glimpse of devotion: The devotion for Shiva is incomparable.

Devotees can do anything out of their love and for him.

You must have seen people in large groups wearing saffron and carrying pots on their shoulders with the help of a laathi, walking on roads during this time.

These are kanwariyas. And the pots they carry is known as Kanwar.

These pots are filled with water, generally from Ganga or any other place.

They walk with this Kanwar until they reach their destination and offer it to the Shivalinga.

There are many temples all over India that kanwariyas choose as their destination.

However, Kashi Vishwanath of Banaras and Babadham of Deoghar remain their favorite destinations.

They walk hundreds of kilometers just to have a glimpse of their lord and offer their Kanwars to him.

Festivals during the month of Shravan: There are numerous auspicious Hindu festivals falling in the month of Shravan. Some of them include:

Janmashtami: Janamashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna, who helped Arjuna to act on Dharma even when all the odds were against Him.

Who showed mankind the very way to live.

It is the celebration of the birth of Krishna, a complete incarnation of Lord Vishnu in His full glory.

It falls on the 8th day after the full moon.

This festival holds even more prominence for people belonging to the Vaishnava sect.

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Naga Panchami: Snakes have always been worshipped in India.

Naga Panchami is the day devoted to the snake god Naga.

It falls on the fifth day after Amavasya on Shravan.

Once King Janamejaya took on a sacrifice to kill every serpent in existence to avenge the death of his father Parikshit, who died due to the deadly bite of Takshak.

The sacrifice was finally stopped by sage Astika on the Krishna Paksha Panchmi and the race of snakes was saved. Since then, this day is celebrated as Naga Panchami.

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Raksha Bandhan: This day celebrates the sacred relationship between a brother and a sister.

Sisters tie a knot around the wrist of their brothers known as ‘Rakhi’.

In return, they generally receive gifts and blessings.

Brothers also promise their sisters to protect them from all kinds of adversities.

The environment is light and very joyful during this festival.

It is celebrated on the full moon day known as ‘Rakhi Purnima’.

Raksha Bandhan also marks the end of the most beautiful month of the year, the month of Shravan.

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Summary: Shravan is a month filled with the fragrance of devotion for the divine.

The vibrancy and the joyfulness in nature can easily be felt.

Although there are many other festivals falling within this month, Shiva remains the center of all celebrations.

For many, it is the month to celebrate their lord.

Many go to Him for their own purposes.

While there are many, who don’t have any purpose.

They just seek to dissolve.

To leave all the small things behind and just become one with the divine.

That’s the true celebration, the ultimate realisation of life and beyond.

What to do during Shravan Maas

Sawan Mass or Shravan Month is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. In India’s national civil calendar, Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu year, beginning in middle-late July from the first day of the Full Moon and ends up the third week of August, the day of the next Full Moon. The North Indians follow the Purnimanta Hindu Calendar in which Shravan month starts fifteen days before the Amavasya calendar followed by the South India.

Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in the month of Shravan coincides with the Nakshatra or birth star of Lord Vishnu or Shravan Nakshatra and is consequently called Shravan maas. During this month, each Somvar or Monday is called Shravan (Sawan) Somvar and is considered highly auspicious.

As per Solar calendar when the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Leo, it is marked as the beginning of Sawan month.. This month heralds the arrival of the South-West monsoons.

Parvati (reincarnation of Lord Shiva’s first wife, Sati) wished from an early age to marry Lord Shiva, according to Shiv Purana. Therefore, she engaged herself in a very long and hard penance (including very strict fastings) during Sawan month. Pleased with her intense devotion, Lord Shiva accepted Parvati and married her, fulfilling her wish.

This month also marks the beginning of the Chaturmas period (deemed ideal for performing penance, observing fasts and being connected to one’s spiritual side). Legends suggest that Lord Vishnu goes into a state of Yoga Nidra and rests under the cosmic ocean for four months, and Lord Shiva takes care of the Universe in His absence. This is interpreted as the cycle of preservation and nurturing comes to an end and destructions begins as the old has to give way to the new.

This month is all about observing a sattvic lifestyle, which includes abstinence from anything that is tamasik in nature, be it food or beverages. Eating fruits, meals made with sabudana (sago) and rock salt, milk and milk products like curd, buttermilk are permissible during the fast. Scientifically, in this month several insects, worms, bacteria and viruses fill the atmosphere, so should follow practices to protect oneself from infections and build immunity.

Each day of this month is auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva. During this month, all the cosmos is super charged with Shiva elements that purifies the mind, the senses, the body and the self (Soul) through the rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Fasts in Sawan Month

This month is replete with fasts that build self-immunity and kindle inner fire of tapas/penance and enhance spirituality.

There are five types of Vrats (fasts) people can take in the month of Sawan.

These are:

Sawan Somwar Vrat – The first day of the week (Monday) is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People take this fast on all Mondays occurring in the month of Sawan. These are 4 Mondays during Sawan.

Solah Somwar Vrat – People keep this fast for 16 consecutive Mondays. The first Monday of Shravan month is the starting date for Solah Somwar Vrat. Single women wishing for a nice groom mainly do this fast.

Pradosh Vrat – It is a combination of three time periods most linked to Lord Shiva. These are Sawan + Monday + Pradosh. Hence, people take this fast in the month of Shravan, all Mondays and the 13th day of the Hindu month (Trayodashi).

Mangala Gauri Vrat – Tuesday’s fasting during Shravan month is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. This Vrat is observed for a happy married life and for the long life of spouse.

Shani Vrat – Fasting on Saturdays of this month removes all malefics of planet Shani and gives his benevolence.

Significance of each day during Sawan Mass

Each day of the week during Sawan Mass carries a particular spiritual dedication for a particular god or goddesses, however all these are fenced into Shiva puja, mantras and other observances taken at the beginning and end of the day.

Monday – It is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Tuesday – It is dedicated to Goddess Gauri.

Wednesday – It is dedicated to Lord Vithala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Thursday – It is dedicated to Lord Budh and Guru.

Friday – It is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi & Goddess Tulsi.

Saturday – It is dedicated to Shani Dev (Saturn).

Sunday – It is dedicated to Surya Dev (the Sun God).

Shravan Somwar Vrat Rules and Guidelines
  1. One should wake up early in the morning, clean the house and then take a proper bath.
  2. Gangajal (water of Holy Ganga) is spread all over the house to purify it.
  3. Lord Shiva’s idol or Shivalingam is then duly cleaned and prepared for Puja.
  4. Rudra Abhishek is done to the Lord with Milk, Water, Ghee, Gangajal, Rose Water, etc.
  5. The holy mantra ‘Aum Namah Shivaya’ is continuously chanted while meditating upon him, along other holy Shiva mantras too (see below). Meditation is observed too.
  6. Prayers are offered ideally twice a day.
  • Early in the morning
  • After the Sunset

For the puja, a lamp with gingelly oil or ghee should be lit.

During the day, allowed foods can be consumed after sunset, having one regular daily meal is recommended during this holy month.

Sawan Somwar Vrat Rules
  1. The person observing the fast must wake up early in the morning and preferably during Brahma Muhurat.
  2. After waking up early, then he/she should take a bath and wear clean clothes.
  3. Then, do Dhyana (meditate) followed by Sankalpa (take a pledge that he/she is committed to sincerely observe the fast).
  4. Then he/she may seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.
  5. Maintain celibacy (or sexual restrain in the case of being married) on the day of fasting.
  6. Consumption of alcohol or tobacco is forbidden.
  7. Devotees should avoid milk, leafy vegetables, brinjal, onion, garlic, spicy foods and meat.
  8. Devotees should perform Lord Shiva puja and/or Rudrabhishek, chant Mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva and participate in social volunteering activities for the behalf of the community.
  9. Lord Shiva is worshipped along His consort Goddess Parvati.
  10. While performing Abhishek, do not use Haldi (turmeric) and Kumkum (vermillion). Instead, use Chandan (sandalwood). Offer Bilva or Bel Patra, Datura fruits and flowers, raw milk, akshat and chandan for the puja.
  11. Conclude the puja by performing Aarti.
Foods to eat during Sawan Mass

Typically, people eat just one meal a day during Sawan mass taking in mind that it is imperative to avoid cooking foods with salt, spices, garlic and onions.

Fasting is observed during the day. As stated above a lacto-vegetarian diet is prescribed. In this diet milk and dairy like yoghurt, cheese or paneer are allowed along with omemade butter (avoiding any salt) and ghee.

All kinds of fruits and certain vegetables are part of the fasting’s diet, like arbi, lauki, parval, potatoes, ratalu or suran. Included are also tapioca, rajgeera, foxnuts, buckwheat or singhara. Spices should be avoided though, you can use black pepper, green chili, coriander, ginger, clove, cardamom and cumin in all its forms.

This is not a strict list, thus it is not limited to the above-mentioned foods only. Lemon, dry fruits and all kinds of nuts, sugar and rock sugar (mishri) and coconut also can be added.

It is a general rule that all kinds of grains including rice and lentils must to be avoided. In the same way some kind of vegetables like onion, garlic or radish should be also avoided because they are of a tamasic nature. Also as previously warned above, spices traditionally used in Indian cuisine as red chili, methi, turmeric and any other seeds must to be avoided. Even jaggery (brown raw sugarcane) should not be consumed.

Other auspicious Activities during Sawan mass

Reading Shiva Sutras, Shiv Purana and the Svetasvatara Upanishad. Meditate on His holy form. This is true Bhakti. Surrender completely to Him. Talk and listen to Him.

This is the best month of the year for meditation and yoga practice.

This is the best month of the year for to start wearing Rudraksha beads.

All days during this month are the most auspicious not only for to chant prayers to Lord Shiva but for to chant prayers and do japa mantra to all other deities as well.

  • Lord Shiva’s mantras
  • Om Namah Shivay
  • Shiva Yajur mantra
  • Maha Mrityunjaya mantra
  • Shiva Gayatri mantra
  • Rudraya mantra
  • Shiva Chalisa
  • Shivoham

Shravan Meaning

According to the Hindu calendar, the Shravan month is one of the holiest months compared to all months. This is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. But have you ever thought about why it was named Shravan? The Shravan Nakshatra is considered to govern the sky on Poornima or full-moon day; therefore, its name is derived from the Nakshatra. During this month, devotees offer Patram-pushpam & phalam-toyam to Shiva linga.

The month of Shravan is synonymous to festivals & events. It is the best time to conduct all the auspicious events as most of the days of this month are promising for shubh aarambh (the new beginnings).

In this month, every Monday is celebrated as Shravan somvar across all the temples, with Dharanatra over the Shivling, bathing it with holy water and milk throughout the day and night. Let’s understand the dates and times of Shravan and the all-important Mondays!

Shravan Month  Dates

Shravana Somwar Vrat Dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

  • 04 July (Tuesday) First day of Shravana Month
  • 10 July (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 17 July (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 24 July (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 31 July (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 07 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 14 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 21 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 28 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 31 August (Thursday) Last day of Shravana Month

Shravana Somwar Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu.

  • 17 August (Thursday) First day of Shravana Month
  • 21 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 28 August (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 04 September (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 11 September (Monday) Shravana Somwar Vrat
  • 14 September (Thursday) Last day of Shravana Month

The Significance Of Lord Shiva In Shravan Somvar

According to the Hindu legends, in the conflict between the Devas and the Asuras, poison emerged from the water. Lord Shiva drank all the poison to rescue the human race. This incidence took place in the Shravan month. Due to this, Lord Shiva’s body temperature rose considerably. Then Lord Shiva donned the moon on his head, which helped to lowered his temperature, and all the Hindu gods poured Gangajal on Lord Shiva, which is also followed today by the devotees.

It is also said that Lord Indra wanted the temperature of Lord Shiva to drop, and hence the rains poured excessively. That soothed Lord Shiva and eased him. Since that time, Lord Shiva is honoured and water is poured over Lord Shiva during the month of Sawan, especially on Mondays.

Here is all you need to know about the rituals:

Shiv Puja Rituals On The Holy Shravan Month Somvar

As per the belief, it is said that it is easy to please Lord Shiva among all the Gods. Thus, to attain his grace, perform the rituals as given below.

  • Wake up early in the morning and take a bath on Sawan Somwar Day.
  • You must then visit Shiv Mandir or perform an authentic Rudrabhishek Puja in your own house with proper rituals.
  • The bel leaves, datura, gangajal, and milk are important puja materials.
  • Shivling is anointed with Panchamrit.
  • Ghee-Shakkar is offered to Lord Shiva.
  • Then pray and perform the Aarti.
  • After Puja is completed, distribute the Prasad.

Benefits Of Shiva Puja In The Shravan Month

Worshipping almighty Lord Shiva during Shravan brings various blessings for the devotees, including the accomplishment of spiritual cleansing. Moreover, the miseries or troubles due to planetary Doshas are nullified by worshipping Lord Shiva with Rudraksha, honey, ghee, belpatra, etc., according to the instructions given by a Pandit.

Rudrabhishekam Puja, performed by the experienced pandits, can help you get rid of incurable diseases, financial issues, and bad karma. It can also fetch you success with your career, business, and personal life. One of the most beneficial aspects of a Rudrabhishekam Puja is the removal of doshas and malefic planetary combinations in your birth chart.

Similarly, performing a Laghu Rudra Puja to appease Lord Shiva can help you achieve inner peace and fulfil your desires. A Pathatmak Laghu Rudra Puja can also destroy evil and negativity around you.

Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha In The Shravan Month

According to the Skanda Purana, Sawan vrat Katha goes like this; once, Goddess Sati made a dramatic decision to go against her father to marry Lord Shiva. She married him but gave up her life when she witnessed Shiva, her husband, was humiliated at her father’s place. She was later reincarnated as Goddess Parvati, the daughter of Parvat Raj Himalaya and Naina. She carried out a severe penance and Tapasya all month long to make him her better half. As a consequence, she achieved her goals and came to Shiva as his adored partner.

That is why many people still follow this practice, and girls observe fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays (Solah Somvar) to get partner like Lord Shiva.

Fasting Rules Of Sawan Somvar Vrat

  • Sravan somvar is the most essential, and if you observe 16 Mondays, Lord Shiva is supposed to bestow whatever your heart wants!
  • The solah somvar vrat is extremely easy to follow. One must commit to following the vrat with pure heart and dedication for 16 Mondays. The vrat starts early in the morning by waking up and taking a bath. The puja samagri are collected.
  • You can then visit the temple to pray god, or you can perform the puja at home. Decorate the idol or picture with diyas and flowers.
  • Next, clean the altar and then light the lamp with gingelly oil. You may finish the puja with betel leaves, almonds, coconut and a sweet dish.
  • Next, you have to recite the 16 somvar vrat Katha and finish the puja with arati. It is essential to light a diya near Lord Shiva at night. One must fast whole day or can eat prasad and fruits after a puja has been completed.

Sawan Vrat: Mantra

While fasting in the Shravan month, several devotees chant the mantra of “Om Namah Shivay” and Mahamrityunjaya Mantra to get rid of all the diseases.

What To Eat & Not To Eat During Fasting In The Shravan Month

Fruits, sabudana, sendha namak, milk and related products like curd, buttermilk can be devoured. However, some people consume one meal a day. Furthermore, meals cooked with salt, garlic, and onions must be avoided.

Types of Fasts observed during the Shravan month.

  • Partial Fasting: In partial fasting, the devotees are allowed to eat fruits and foods like sabudana, nuts, etc. Some people also keep fast during the day and eat at night.
  • Austere Fasting: In this kind of fasting, devotees do not eat anything during the day and only consume water. They break their fast after sunset by eating a meal that does not have onion and garlic.

Is Solah Somvar Vrat Effective

According to Shiva Purana, following this, Vrat contributes to the successful profession, business, connections and provides peace of mind, good health, longevity. The observation of this Vrat in the Shravan month helps defend against all the maladies and sickness. Moreover, those struggling from conflicts would enjoy peace and harmony.

The Conclusion

The Shravan month is the auspicious month and worshipping Lord Shiva during this month with full dedication and devotion helps one to attain peace and progress spiritually. Moreover, devotees receive the blessings of omnipotent Lord Shiva. Everyone is going through unprecedented times with the new normal. If you are also one of the struggling ones, worshipping Lord Shiva this holy Shravan month will certainly help you overcome the challenges.

Shravan Maas

Shravan Month or Sawan Maas is considered to be the holiest month of the year. It is the first and most auspicious month of Chatur Maas, the four holiest months of the Hindu calendar.

Lord Shiva is worshipped during this entire month.  Mondays of this month are dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and Tuesdays are dedicated to Parvati Maa.  Devotees fast on either of these days as ‘Shravan Somvar Vrat’ or ‘Mangal Gauri Vrat’. As described in our sacred texts, Samudra Manthan (churning of the cosmic ocean) was done during this month.  A large number of valuable gifts came out of the ocean when it was churned. However, the ocean also gave up halaahal, a poison that was so powerful that it could destroy everything. Lord Shiva, in his infinite kindness, drank this poison and stored it in his throat.  This turned his neck blue, thus giving him the name Neelkanth.  As Lord Shiva saved everyone during this month, devotees of Lord Shiva offer Him their prayers during this time.

How to observe:

Recite Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्

उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ॥

Om Try-Ambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pusstti-Vardhanam

Urvaarukam-Iva Bandhanaan Mrtyor-Mukssiiya Maa-[A]mrtaat ||

Recite “Om Namah Shivay” while offering Lord Shiva milk, water or Panchamrut.  Lord Shiva favors Bilva leaves which may also be offered to him.

Devotees fast on Mondays to pray to Lord Shiva or on Tuesdays to pray to Parvati Maa.

Wearing a Rudraksha during this month is considered auspicious.

Significance and Importance of Shravan Maas

The month of Shravan is an auspicious month of the Vaidic calendar. It usually comes in the months of July and August. Sacred Rudra Puja (Rudrabhishek) is also performed in the month of Shravan, to facilitate our inward journey. “Earth is sprinkled with shower in the month of Shravan, when millions turn to Shiva; the ultimate Truth and beauty. Adoring the Shiva tattva in the month of Shravan washes away all negativity and bestows abundance.”

What is Rudra Puja

Rudra Puja is an ancient practice followed in India since time immemorial. ‘Rudra’ means ‘Shiva – the Benevolent’, ‘ the Destroyer of negativity’. ‘Puja’ means that which is born out of fullness.


Rudra Puja is an ancient practice followed in India from time immemorial. ‘Rudra’ means ‘Shiva – the Benevolent’, ‘the Destroyer of Evil’; ‘Puja’ means that which is born out of fullness. Rudrabhishek creates positive energy and removes negativity. This Puja is performed for inner peace and contentment. Nature rejoices wherever Rudrabishek is performed. Vaidic scriptures recommended Rudra Puja to get rid of the miseries, fulfillment of desires and for prosperity; astrologers also advice Rudra Puja emphatically to remove the malefic effects of planets.


The world is a play of energy, both negative and positive. When we pray to Lord Shiva – the Lord of transformation – the negative energy in the form of disease, depression, and unhappiness gets transformed into peace, prosperity and joy. Then peace is bestowed on all the three levels – the body, mind and soul.


The Rudra Puja is performed on a crystal ‘linga’. Vibrations of mantra-chanting are absorbed by the offerings (curd, milk, ghee, honey and water) which are made in the Puja. They are offered to Lord Shiva with reverence, love and gratitude. Trained Pundits and Veda students from the Veda Agama Pathashala (Vaidic School) perform this special Puja. The chanting of these mantras is highly meditative and bestows immense peace.

When Is Shravan?

Sawan, also known as the month of Shravan, is an important month in the Hindu calendar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The festival of Shrawan Maas holds immense importance for Hindus, particularly for devotees of Shiva. It is a period characterized by spiritual devotion, fasting, and festivities for millions of Hindus across India and other regions of the world. Typically, Sawan falls during July and August, coinciding with the onset of the monsoon season in India. The rain is perceived as a blessing from Lord Shiva, symbolizing the renewal of life.

When Is Shravan

This year, the month of Sawan will begin on July 4 and extend until August 31. It will be a 59-day duration, and there will be eight Sawan Mondays or Somwars instead of the usual four seen annually.


Many people observe fasting during the entire month of Sawan, particularly on Mondays, which are considered highly auspicious for Lord Shiva. Devotees abstain from consuming certain food items and maintain a strict vegetarian diet. Some people also observe a completely waterless fast known as “Nirjala Vrat.”

Kanwar Yatra: 

Kanwar Yatra is a pilgrimage undertaken by devotees of Lord Shiva.

They travel to sacred rivers, such as the Ganges, to fetch water, which is later offered to the Shiva lingam in temples.

Devotees carry decorated bamboo or metal poles called “kanwars” on their shoulders and walk long distances to the pilgrimage sites.

Offering Milk And Bilva Leaves: 

Devotees offer milk, water, and holy basil leaves (bilva leaves) to Lord Shiva’s idol or Shiva lingam in temples.

The offering is made as a gesture of reverence and devotion.

Rudra Abhishekam: 

This is a special ritual performed in Shiva temples during Sawan.

It involves bathing the Shiva lingam with various sacred substances like milk, curd, honey, ghee, and holy water while chanting prayers and mantras.

Bhajans And Kirtans: 

Devotees gather in temples or homes to sing devotional songs (bhajans) and participate in religious discourses (kirtans) dedicated to Lord Shiva.

These sessions create a spiritual ambiance and deepen the devotion of the participants.

Cultural Events: 

In some regions, cultural events, fairs, and processions are organized during Sawan.

These events include traditional dances, music performances, and showcasing the cultural heritage associated with Lord Shiva.

Decorating Temples and Shrines: 

Temples and shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva are beautifully decorated with flowers, lights, and ornamental items during Sawan.

Devotees visit these places to offer prayers and seek the blessings of the deity.

Why is Shravan Maas the holiest month? – Importance of Shravan Month

Shravan Maas is the 5th month of the Hindu calendar.

This entire month is dedicated to the worshipping of Lord Shiva and praying to him during this time pleases him very much.

A lot of people observe fast the entire Sawan Month and pray to the Shiva Lingam every day.

They also organize various puja and other ceremonies to please Lord Shiva and to get his blessings.

Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravan maas coincides with the Nakshatra or birth star of Lord Vishnu or Shravan Nakshatra and is therefore called Sawan Maas.

In this month each Somvar or Monday is called Shravan Somvar and is considered highly auspicious.

All Mondays in Shravan month are celebrated in Lord Shiva temples.

A Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night.

Lord Shiva devotees then offer Bilva leaves, holy water, milk, and flowers, also known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam every Monday throughout Sawan Month.

Devotees fast until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns throughout this time.

Things to do during Shravan Month

Lehgends and Mythology of Shravan Maas

As per ancient Hindu mythology,  the Samudra Manthan, or the churning of the sea was the joint effort of the Gods (Devatas) and the demons (Danavs).

According to age-old legends, the holy Shravan maas was the one during which the Gods and Demons decided to churn the ocean to decide who among them was the strongest.

This was done to please Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.

And also so that she would reward them with the nectar from the ocean.

The Gods and demons had agreed to share the nectar equally among themselves.

Snake Vasuki, who is depicted on Lord Shivas neck, and Sumeru Parvat were used for the Manthan.

It is said that 14 kinds of pious things came out of the ocean.

An innumerable amount of gems and jewels along with the poison (Halahal) came out of the sea.

But the demons and the Gods were unsure of what to do with the poison, as it had the ability to destroy everything.

Lord Shiva then came to the rescue and stored this poison in his throat, which became blue.

Hence, earned the name Neelkanth. Lord Shiva gave life to everyone in this world by drinking the destructive poison, this is why this entire month is dedicated to him and is considered very auspicious.

The impact of this poison was so strong that Lord Shiva had to wear a crescent moon on his head and all the Devatas or Gods started offering him the holy water from the river Ganges so that the poison is tamed.

 As these events took place during this month that is why this Shravan month is considered highly propitious.

Shravan maas is also important as three days are also considered highly auspicious, the Shravan Mangalvar, or Tuesdays in this month, Shravan Shukrawar, or Fridays during this month, and Shravana Shaniwar of Saturdays during this month. Newly married girls, also perform the Mangala Gauri Vrata on Tuesdays during this Sawan month to avoid bad and negative omens. On Shravan Shukrawar or Fridays of this Shravan month, Varalakshmi Vratam is observed by married ladies, and during Saturdays or Shravan Shaniwar Lord Vishnu also known as Lord Balaji or Lord Venkatesh is worshipped by devotees.

Significance and importance of Shravan Month

Shravan maas is synonymous with religious festivals and events. It is thus considered a very auspicious time for conducting any Lord Shiva Puja or other religious ceremonies, and all days of this Shravan month are considered very prosperous for beginning any new work or Shubh aarambh.

Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in the Shravan maas coincides with the Nakshatra or birth star of Lord Vishnu or Shravan Nakshatra and is therefore called Shravan Maas (Shravan month) and is considered highly auspicious. All Mondays in Shravan month are celebrated in Lord Shiva temples. A Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night. Lord Shiva devotees then offer Bilva leaves, holy water, milk, and flowers, also known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam every Monday. Devotees fast until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns throughout this time.

Things to follow during the holy month of Shravan

Fasting during this entire Sawan month, popular as Sawan Month is considered very auspicious. Waking up early morning, visiting the Lord Shiva temple, and offering a mixture of milk, ghee, yogurt, Ganga Jal, and honey also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves is a must. One can have milk and milk products, fruits, and other fasting-approved items during this sacred Shravan Month.

If one is unable to fast for the entire Shravan month, one must fast at least every Monday during this time. As Rudraksh is symbolic of Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksha is considered very auspicious as well.

Importance And Benefits In Shravan Month Of all the months, Shravan Maas (July-August) is considered most auspicious. It is the fifth month of solar year and is also known as ‘Avani’ in the Tamil scriptures. As per Vedic astrology, when Sun enters the zodiac Leo, Shravan Maas is said to set in. As per lunar calendar, Shravan sets in on the New Moon Day.

On Full Moon Day (Punam or Purninma), the divine firmament (sky) is under the celestial sovereignty of Shravan Nakshtra (one of twenty seven Nakshatras). Therefore it is called Shravan. Each day during this month is auspicious for worshipping Shambhu (Shiva). Prayers and Vedic rituals are performed in Lord Shiva temples in order to please Him. Shravan Maas is also a holy month filled with other festivals such as Naga-Panchami, Govatsa, Shravani Purnima , Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Rishi Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Kalkyavatara and Putradaikadashi.

Northern states such as Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and others celebrate fifteen days before the southern states celebrate.

Since it is the most auspicious period, one can take advantage of it by performing Shravan Maas Shiva Puja. During this month, the cosmos is super charged with Shiva tattvas (Shiva elements) that purify the mind, the senses, the body and the self (Soul) through the rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva. Following pujas can be performed under qualified Brahmins.

Significance of Shravan Maas:

Devotees observe austerities, fasts and prayers in this holy month of Shravan. This is the time when Lord Shiva drank the poisonous Halahala that emanated from Samudra Manthan between the Devas and Asuras for the quest of the Nectar (ambrosia). During the Manthan, the ocean produced lots of valuables such as gemstones, Goddesses riches, cows, bows, the Moon, conch etc. which were taken up by gods and demons. Fourteen different gems emerged from the ocean which were divided them. When the Ocean produced the deadliest poison called Halahala, all of them cringed back as it was too dangerous to destroy the universes. It was Shiva who decided to drink it to save the world. His devout wife saw him taking Halahala, she at once held His throat so that the poison wouldn’t go down. As a result His throat turned blue and He was called Neelkantha.

Spiritual Activities During Shravan

One must engage in devotional activities such as worship, Sadhanas, meditaion or bhajans at home or in Shiva temples. One must visit Shiva temples during this month. Each day of this month carries spiritual significance

*Monday:is the day to worship Lord Shiva.

*Tuesday:women worship Gauri for the better health of their family.

*Wednesday:is dedicated to Vithala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu or Krishna.

*Thursdays:are for worshiping Buddh and Guru.

*Friday:for worshiping Lakshmi and Tulsi.

*Saturdays:are for Saturn (Shani Dev). These days are also known as Shravan Saturdays or Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays) as one can pray for obtaining wealth.

*Sundays:are for the Sun god. Sun worship was common practice in the Vedic period and it is followed even now. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshipped.

Things to do in Shravan Maas

Since Shravan Mass is highly auspicious as per Vedas, you can engage in activities that add to your devotion to Shiva.

Rudra Abhishek And Homa:

Rudra’ means the one who is terribly infuriated, which is one of the divine qualities of Lord Shiva who displays it while performing His cosmic dance, Tandava for the annihilation of creations. Shiva, by the virtue of this quality, is called Rudra. Abhishek means a method of worship offered to the Divine for cleansing all the misgivings, sins of the worshiper. 

Performing Shiva Abhishek includes the offerings of Panchamrit (mix of milk, honey, sugar, ghee and curd, Ganga jal, ghee, Bael Patra (Bilva leaves), Dhatura and other sacred items dear to Lord Shiva. 

Rudra Abhishek and Homa purifies your mind and body, offers peace, fulfills your desires and enlightens your soul.

Mantra Chanting

You may chant the following Shiva Mantras using a Rudraksha rosary or silently in mind. Chanting may be done at specified time and with specific number of counts (108 times or multiples of it) in the morning or evening, or you may do ajapa-japa, a silent repetition of the mantra throughout the day. 

 “I am None other than Shiva who is the supreme reality. Na-ma-Ha, means None other than”

tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ।

urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā’mratāt ।।

“OM! We worship the Three-eyed Lord Who is fragrant and Who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber (without the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.” 

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi

Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat॥

“OM! Let me meditate on the great Purusha, Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect, and let God Rudra illuminate my mind.”

Also you can read stories of Lord Shiva, read the Shiva Purana and meditate on His holy form. This is true Bhakti.

Fasting For Shiva on Mondays during Shravan Maas:

According to Shiva Purana, those who observe fast during Shravan Maas have their desires fulfilled and are blessed with the grace of Shiva. Shravan Maas Somvar is very important for the devotees of Lord Shiva. 

There are two ways in which fast can be observed and they are:

Austere Fast:In this type of fasting, a person does not eat anything for an entire day except for drinking water. The fast is broken in the evening after sunset and regular food without onion and garlic is consumed.

Partial fast:In a partial fast one can eat fruits and permitted foods like sabudana and nuts in the day and eat one time meal in the night.

The fast is broken after sunset, although in some cases it continues till next day. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and then consume normal food.

Another type of fasting is that you can keep a maun vrat (Silence) on one whole day in this month and remember Shiva in your mind. 

Benefits of Fasting on the Somvar (Monday) in Shravan Maas:

*Devotees are blessed with spiritual bliss

*Improves physical and mental health

*Increases willpower and memory

*Women who fast on Shravan Mondays (Somvars) get their perfect husband

*Fasting removes obstacles by expelling negativity

Rudram Chamakam Yagna Puja

Shri Rudram is one of the oldest names of Lord Shiva. Through the chanting of Sri Rudram, Lord Shiva’s various attributes and aspects are invoked and worshipped. By the power of Shri Rudram sick become well, the unmarried find the ideal mates, debts are removed, wealth and power are showered and all the ills are kept at bay. The Vedic hymn that extols Lord Rudra is called the Rudra Prashna. Rudra Prashna is also called the Rudradhyaya, the Shatharudriyam or Sri Rudram. This Sri Rudram is found in the mid portion of the Taittiriya Krishna Yajur Veda. Namakam literally means the hymn which is made of Namaha. Namaha in Sanskrit has two meanings. One is Salutations and the other is not mine. Every time when you utter the word Namaha, actually the patterns and karmas get detached from you and get rid of the spell of patterns and karmas. It is said that chanting of Sri Rudram is a direct way to Enlightenment.

Benefits of this puja:

*Divine grace and blessings of Lord Shiva

*Removal of malefic effects of various Planets

*Health, wealth and prosperity

*Success in career, job, business and relationships relief

*Protection against various diseases and ailments

*Spiritual upliftment

What is the importance of Shravan Maas, the Hindu Holiest month?

Hindus are familiar with the month of Shravan. You can also call it Sawan month. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is considered an auspicious month. It holds a special place in every Indian’s heart. 

According to Vedas, this month is described as Nabhas ( It means shravan nakshatra takes total control by appearing in the sky). Sawan Purnima, the full moon day during Shravan month, aligns with the birth star of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu’s Shravan nakshatra. It is why this month is called Sravana mass and is considered significant. 

In the Indian subcontinent, Shravan maas marks the beginning of the southwest monsoon. It is going to overlap with July-August month. The entire month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During this month, you might experience coolness and chilly weather due to rainfall. But, the complete nature seems to be alive and fresh. 

The story behind the Shravan maas celebration in Hindu scriptures

There is a great story behind the celebration of Sawan month. The time when Gods(Devas) and Demons(Asuras) churned the ocean called Samudra Manthan for extracting immortality Nectar(Amrit), the things that emerged were both good and bad. Among them, one of them was poison. 

It was when gods approached Lord Shiva for help. To save the world, God shiva arrived and consumed poison. The Goddess Parvathi Devi, the wife of Lord Shiva, held the throat to prevent the poison from going down further. So the poison got trapped in his throat, which turned blue, which is why Lord Shiva is also called Neelakantha. Lord Shiva was offered Ganga water to cool down the poison and alleviate the poison’s ill effects. 

It is the main reason for dedicating the whole month to worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi. All devotees observe fasts for a prosperous and peaceful life. Few individuals also do puja of Lord Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi, Balarama, etc., during Shravan Masam

Why Shravan month is essential and auspicious?

Hindus consider Shravan month sacred and holiest because it is highly fruitful for doing good deeds. Based on Hindu Puranas, arranging for house warming in this month is promising and significant. According to astrology, it is depicted that the ones who are born in Shravan month are incredibly honored by the entire world. Lord Krishna is worshipped in Sawan month as he was born in Sravana mass. Not only Sri Krishna, but even the Lord Hayagriva, Vaikhanas Maharshi, and Vaikhanas Aagama Pravaktha are also revered. 

This month is also treated as highly auspicious to perform marriages. The rains bless the grounds during Shravan maas which are indirectly related to fertility rituals. Hence it says that any girl who gets married during this time will be blessed with healthy kids. These are some reasons why Shravan month is considered important and propitious. 

The significance of each day in Shravan month 

Every day in shravan month is essential as each day in the week is dedicated to worshiping specific Gods and Goddesses. 

Monday – The sawan monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. So devotees observe fasting to honor God shiva. 

Tuesday – Females keep Mangala Gauri Vrat on this day as it’s devoted to Goddess Gauri.

Wednesday – On this day, the devotees are committed to worship Lord Vishnu or Lord Krishna

Thursday – This day is dedicated to Lord Buddha.

Friday – Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. Married women perform varalakshmi vratam, also called shravana shukravar vrat, for their family’s well-being. 

Saturday – This day is devoted to Lord Shani. Many people perform shravan shaniwar vrat to eradicate the harmful effects of Lord Shani. 

Sunday – It is the day specially dedicated to Suryadev.

Festivals celebrated in shravan month

Naga Panchami

It is the auspicious day when people offer milk to snakes.

This is because they think serpents are holy species as they have a special place in Lord Shiva’s body.

It is said that snakes went to Lord Shiva to complain about men who despise their race.

So God Shiva, who understood their pain, decided to give them honour by placing them around his neck as a precious accessory. 

Varalakshmi Vrata

The prominent ritual celebrated by married women in South India and Maharashtra is varalakshmi pooja.

It can be performed on all Fridays, but it will be best to celebrate it on the Friday that falls before Pournami in shravan month

There are different stories made to do this ritual. One of the stories is of charumati.

Observing her dedication toward her family and husband. Goddess Lakshmi appeared in her dream and asked her to perform varalakshmi vrat. Lakshmi Devi also explained varalakshmi vratham pooja vidhanam

With Goddess Lakshmi’s guidance, Charumati invited all relatives, neighbours, and friends.

She got varalakshmi pooja items and learned pooja vidhanam for performing varalakshmi vrata.

Along with her, the women who attended the puja were blessed with prosperity and wealth. 

Raksha Bandhan

One of the biggest festivals performed in shravan masam is rakhi, also called raksha bandan. It is the day which honours the bond between a brother and sister.

According to the Hindu calendar, it is observed on full moon day(shravan purnima). 

On this day, sisters tie rakhi, a sacred thread, to the right-hand wrist of their brothers by doing specific rituals as a symbol of security and protection.  

Krishna Janmashtami

It is one of the major Hindu festivals which marks Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary.

He is the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Janmashtami is also called Gokul Ashtami, which represents togetherness and faith.  

Do’s and Don’ts in sawan month

Most devotees observe fast in shravan month. Here are some do’s and don’ts to be followed this month.


  • Devotees must eat permitted foods like sweet potato, nuts, rajgiri atta, and sabudana.
  • People consume food made using milk like tea, burfi, and curd.
  • The devotees worship Lord Shiva by waking up early in the morning. 
  • Few people eat food once or twice based on an individual’s strength.


  • Devotees won’t eat non-veg and eggs.
  • They also don’t eat food made of onion and garlic.
  • They don’t break their fast in the middle.
Shravan Maas Pooja

According to the Hindu calendar, the fifth month is Sharavan Maas which is essentially devoted to Lord Shiva.

This month is the most sacred as compared to other months in the year.

Our holy Vedas explain Sharavan Maas as ‘Nabhas’.

This Sharavan month has ritual and religious importance like Grahpravesh and some other holy occasions.

The Puranas say that, in this auspicious month who were born, people gained high recognition and privileged by the world.

Lord Krishna was born in this month and he is highly worshipped from home to home.

Lord Hayagriya, Vaikhans Maharishi, and Vaikhansa Agama Pravakta were also born in this Sharavan month and greatly honoured.

How to do Shravan Maas Puja

Like other pujas, this Sharavan Maas Puja also follows some specific methods but these methods are different from others’ puja methods.

In the Sharavan maas the fortnight of Shukla Paksha is highly fortunate.

God is worshipped on each tithi (date) of this auspicious month.

This specific puja methods is known as ‘Pavitrarovanotsav’.

In this puja, a thread which is known as Durva made of 108 grass blades; this thread use to keep on the God.

The well-known Somvar vrat is also kept on this holy month’s Monday.

The Savan Somvar Vrat is observed by unmarried girls mainly on Mondays of this month. Girls worship Lord Shiva to get good husbands for them.

This vrat puja is worship with some holy things like Bela leaves, Panch Amritam and other pleasant things.

In Sharavan Month mostly Shiva Abhishek Puja/ Rudra Abhishek Puja is performed on Mondays.

Also the popular anushtan- Mahamrintunjay and Daan is performed, which is a grand death triumphant puja.

Primarily, Lord Shiva is worshipped in this holy month that demolishes all evils and bad things from the life of his followers, and devotees and brings wealth, security and happiness to their life.

Mantra for Shravan Maas Puja

The following mantra should be recited during present Jal (water) to Lord Shiva

om varunasyottambhanamasi varunasya sakambh sarjjaneestho 

Varunasya ritsadanyasi varunasya ritsadanamasi varunasya ritsadanmaaseed

While offering Bela Leaves, following mantra should be performing.

Darshanam Bilvapatrasya Sparshanam Paapnaashanam 

Aghorpaapsanharam Bilvapatram Shivarpanam

Significance of Shravan Maas Puja

Sharavan month is the most sacred and holy month in the Hindu calendar.

There are lots of significant mythology like “Samundra Manthan”, etc.

connected with this holy month.

The Hindu calendar involves four holy months and Sharavan month is one of them.

These four holy months are known as Chaturmaas.

The vrat in Chaturmaas is considered to be the mainly prominent fast, starting with this month and it ends in the holy month- Kartik.

The holy month Sharavan maas brings other various giant Hindu festivals like Janmashtmi (Krishan puja) and Raksh Bandhan (sibling festival)

Sawan Maas

Shravan month, also known as Sawan, is a period in the Hindu lunar calendar that holds significance in Hindu mythology and religious practices.

It is considered the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and typically falls between July and August.

The exact dates of Shravan month vary each year based on the lunar calendar.

Shravan derives its name from the Nakshatra (lunar mansion) called ‘Shravana’, which is associated with listening and learning.

The month is considered highly auspicious and holds great importance in Hindu traditions. Devotees believe that observing religious practices during this month can bring blessings, spiritual growth, and fulfilment of desires.

During the month of Shravan, devotees often undertake vows and fasts, particularly on Mondays, which are known as ‘Shravan Somvar’.

Fasting practices may involve abstaining from certain foods or following a strict vegetarian diet.

Many people visit temples, especially those dedicated to Lord Shiva, offering prayers and performing special rituals like Rudrabhishekam, where offerings of water, milk, and other sacred substances are made to Lord Shiva’s lingam (symbol).

Shravan month is associated with the worship of Lord Shiva, and devotees seek His blessings for health, prosperity, and spiritual well-being.

The belief is that Lord Shiva is pleased by sincere devotion and grants the devotees their prayers and wishes.

Devotional songs, hymns, and chanting of sacred mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva are also common during this month.

Apart from the religious significance, Shravan month is associated with cultural festivities and celebrations.

Various festivals like Nag Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Hariyali Teej, and Krishna Janmashtami often fall within this month.

hese festivals are celebrated with joy, family gatherings, special rituals, and traditional customs.

Overall, Shravan month is considered a spiritually charged period in the Hindu calendar, providing an opportunity for devotees to deepen their religious practices, seek blessings, and engage in acts of devotion and self-discipline.

It is a time for reflection, prayer, and expressing gratitude towards the deities while participating in cultural celebrations.

Sawan Maas : Date, Muhurat and Timings

This year, Shravan month dates for North and South India as are follows:

  • Shravan Month Starts: North: Tuesday, July 4,
  • Shravan Month Ends: North: Thursday, August 31,
  • Shravan Month Starts: South: Tuesday, July 18,
  • Shravan Month Ends: South: Friday, September 15,

There is an extra Shravan month or Adhik Shravan Mahina in .

This is from July 18 to August 16,

Significance of Shravan/ Sawan Month

Shravan, also known as Sawan, is an auspicious month in the Hindu calendar, typically falling between July and August.

It holds great significance and is considered a sacred period for devout Hindus.

Here are a few reasons why the month of Shravan is important:

Devotion to Lord Shiva

Shravan is particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the major deities in Hinduism.

Many Hindus observe fasting and offer prayers to Lord Shiva during this month.

Mondays of Shravan, known as ‘Shravan Somvar’, are especially significant, and devotees visit Shiva temples, perform Rudrabhishekam (a ritualistic offering to Lord Shiva), and chant prayers and hymns in His honour.

Also Read: Importance of Rudrabhishek Puja

Spiritual Cleansing and Self-discipline

Observing fasts and engaging in spiritual practices during Shravan is believed to purify the mind, body, and soul.

It is considered an opportunity for self-discipline, introspection, and seeking spiritual growth.

Fasting, prayer, meditation, and acts of charity are commonly practised during this month to enhance spiritual well-being.

Nature’s Bounty

Shravan is the monsoon season in India when the earth is revitalized with abundant rainfall.

The month is associated with lush greenery, blooming flowers, and flowing rivers.

Hindus perceive this as a time to appreciate nature’s beauty and offer gratitude for the blessings of fertile land, water, and agricultural abundance.

Festivals and Celebrations

Various Hindu festivals and auspicious occasions are celebrated during the month of Shravan.

Some of the notable festivals include Nag Panchami (dedicated to the serpent deity), Hariyali Teej (celebrating the union of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati), Raksha Bandhan (symbolizing the bond between brothers and sisters), and Krishna Janmashtami (commemorating the birth of Lord Krishna).

These festivals bring communities together, foster social harmony, and promote cultural values.

Traditional Practices

Apart from religious rituals, Shravan month is associated with various traditional practices.

Women often adorn themselves with green bangles, wear green attire, and create beautiful Rangoli designs using vibrant colours.

People engage in folk dances, sing devotional songs, and share festive meals with family and friends.

It’s important to note that the significance and practices of Shravan may vary across different regions and cultural traditions within Hinduism. Nonetheless, the month is generally regarded as a time for deep spiritual devotion, self-reflection, and celebrating the beauty of nature and community.

Festivals Celebrated during Sawan Maas and Their Dates

  • Kamika Ekadashi – July 13,
  • Hariyali Teej – August 19,
  • Nag Panchami – August 21,
  • Shravan Putrada Ekadashi – August 27,
  • Shravan Purnima / Nariyali Purnima – August 30,
  • Rakshabandhan – August 30,
  • Sanskrit Diwas – August 31,
  • Krishna Janmashtami – September 6,
  • Rishi Panchami – September 20,

Sawan Somwar Days

In Hindu calendar Shravan 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.

Shravan month is also known as Sawan month in North Indian states.

All Mondays or Somwar(s) which fall during Shravan month are considered highly auspicious for fasting and known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar Vrats.

Many devotees observe sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar fasting from first Somwar of Sawan month.

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.

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 Amanta calendar.

In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Amanta Lunar Calendar is followed while in North Indian states Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand Purnimanta Calendar is followed. Hence half of the Sawan Somwar dates differ in both calendars.

In Nepal, and some parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, Sawan Somwar is observed as per Solar Calendar.

Hence, Sawan Somwar dates in these regions might differ from Amanta as well as Purnimant calendar.

Why are Monday fasts significant during Shravan maas?

Check puja rituals and mantras

Fasting and celebrations are observed during the Sawan or Shrawan month.

Hindus venerate Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati throughout this month, which they view as auspicious. Several followers of Lord Shiva observe the Sawan Somwar fast, which is held every Monday.

Savan, often called Sawan or Shrawan, has started.

Hindus honour Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati during this time because they view the entire month of Sawan as fortunate.

As a result of Adhik Shrawan Maas, Shrawan will return for two months this year after a lengthy hiatus of 19 years. This year, instead of four Sawan Mondays or Somwars, there will be eight, and Sawan will run 59 days.

The holy month will end on Thursday, August 31.

It began on Tuesday, July 4. The Sawan Somwar fasts will start on July 10.

The last Sawan Somwar fast will be observed on August 28.

During Sawan maas, devotees visit the temple every Monday, or Somvar, and offer milk, flowers, holy water, and bael leaves to Shiva.

Tuesdays are dedicated solely to the Mangalwar or Parvati deity.

In this month, Tuesday fasting is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat.

According to the panchang, this year’s first Monday of Sawan will be characterised by Sukarma Yoga, Revati Nakshatra, and Shravan Krishna Ashtami Tithi.

Why is it important to fast on Sawan Monday?

The most significant day for Lord Shiva’s followers is Sawan Somwar.

An old myth states that keeping a fast on Mondays during the Shravan month promotes prosperity.

Also, it’s thought that Monday is Lord Shiva’s favourite day and that those who follow fasts are granted world bliss and their heart’s wishes.

Providing cash and fruits on this day to any Jyotirlinga is regarded as a good deed.

Fasting during the Shravan month is thought to aid single ladies in finding their ideal husbands in India. Married women observe this fast to pray for their husbands’ long lives.

Also, it is thought that observing this fast leads to a long and fulfilling marriage.

The month of Sawan often falls in July or August, when India is graced with rain, signalling the start of the monsoon season.

Rains represent the rebirth of life and the grace of Lord Shiva.

For Hindus worldwide, Sawan is a wonderful time for spiritual observance, fasting, and joy.

There are special days in Shravan maas that are exceedingly auspicious, such as Sawan Shivratri and Hariyali Amavasya.

Sawan Somwar : Puja Rituals

During the Sawan Somwar fast, worshippers of Lord Shiva only consume fruit and water. Also, they can eat food items like dry fruits, nuts, sabudana, singhara atta, bottle gourd, potato, sweet potato, milk, paneer, and ghee.

Devotees present Bilva (Bel) leaves and Panchamrut, a concoction of milk, yoghurt, ghee, Ganga Jal, and honey, to Lord Shiva.

On Mondays, the devotees also wear a rudraksha mala and recite the Shravan Somwar Vrata Katha. Devotees are urged to clean the house to remove the trash on the day of the fast, sprinkle Gangajal throughout the house, and get up early on the Brahma muhurat.

Sawan Somwar : Puja Samagri

The Sawan Somwar Samagri is composed entirely of water, curd, milk, sugar, ghee, honey, panchamrit, vastra, janeyu, Chandan, raw rice, flowers, Bel patra (leaves), bhang, datura, kamal gatta, prasad, paan supari, laung, elaichi, mewa, and Dakshina.

Moreover, using turmeric, ketki flowers, or Tulsi plants while worshipping Lord Shiva is prohibited.

Mantras to chant during Sawan Somwar Puja

  • Om Namah Shivaya
  • Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dheemahi Tanno Rudra Prachodayat
  • Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya
  • Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
    Urvarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityormukshi Mamritaat


Sawan Mondays: Check complete list dates of Sharavan Somwar

Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates     Sawan Somwar Dates

Sawan Starts Date    July 4, , Tuesday

First Sawan Somwar Vrat     July 10, , Monday

 Second Sawan Somwar Vrat    July 17, , Monday

Sawan Adhika Maas Starts    July 18, , Tuesday

Third Sawan Somwar Vrat    July 24, , Monday

Fourth Sawan Somwar Vrat    July 31, , Monday

Fifth Sawan Somwar Vrat    August 7, , Monday

Sixth Sawan Somwar Vrat    August 14, , Monday

Shravan Adhika Maas Ends    August 16, , Wednesday

Seventh Sawan Somwar Vrat    August 21, , Monday

Eighth Sawan Somwar Vrat    August 28, , Monday

Sawan  Ends    August 31, , Thursday

Kanwar Yatra

The Kanwar Yatra is a significant part of the celebration of the holy month, in addition to the renowned gods of the auspicious occasion, Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.

The Kanwariyas who participate in the procession walk barefoot towards holy locations like Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand, as well as Sultanganj in Bihar, while dressed in traditional saffron clothing.

They travel to the Ganga to retrieve sacred water, symbolising their devotion to Lord Shiva.

 Importance of the auspicious Sawan month for Hindu devotees

Sawan Maas, which is also known as Sravana or Shravan, has already begun, and devotees of lord Shiva have started following the rituals leaving no stone unturned to please lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

This year the holy month of Sawan will start on July 4 and will continue till August 31, .

After 19 years, the Sawan month will be celebrated for two months, known as Adhik Hindu Maas, as per the Hindu calendar.

The festival holds special significance for Hindus, especially Hindu devotees.

It is the best time to devote yourself to spiritual activities, fasting, and celebration for millions of Hindus all over the world.


This month is considered one of the most auspicious months of the year.

During this period, devotees of lord Shiva observe fast on Monday to seek lord Shiva and Parvati’s blessings.

It falls in the month of July and August, at the time of the arrival of the monsoon in India.

The rain is believed to be the blessing of lord Shiva and the symbol of the renewal of life.

Unmarried women observe the fast or Mangala Gauri Vrat each Tuesday during the Sawan month.

Some females also observe Solah Somwar Vrat to get the desired husband and seek blessings from Lord Shiva.

Why is Sawan month so auspicious?

According to Hindu scriptures, during Samudra Manthan, lord Shiva drank all the poison sufficient to destroy the whole world.

Lord Shiva saved the world by drinking all the poison and holding it in his throat.

That is why, he is also known as Neelkanth.

Thereafter, all the deities and demons offered Ganga Jal to lord Shiva to reduce the effect of poison.

This whole incident took place in the Sawan month, which is why people from different places bring Ganga Jal and offer it to lord Shiva.

Puja rituals during Sawan

The Puja rituals may vary from culture to culture. But here are some of the basic rules and rituals, during Sawan month:

  • Wake up early in the morning, take a shower and wear clean clothes.
  • Clean your worship place and decorate it with flowers before starting your worship process.
  • People worshipping at home can perform Abhishekam at home with ghee, curd, honey, milk and water.
  • It is essential to maintain celibacy during Sawan month.
  • Prepare sweets and bhog to offer as Prashad to the deity and distribute the Prashad among family and friends.
  • Consume Satvik food only during this month.

Shravan Maas Time to Seek Lord Shiva’s Blessings

Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, beginning in late July from the first day of the full moon and ending in the third week of August, the day of the next full moon.

Shravan Maas is considered to be the holiest month of the year.

During Shravan Maas, the cosmos is naturally charged with Shiva tattvas (elements) that purify the mind, the senses, the body, and the self.

It’s the best month to worship Lord Shiva with Rudrabhishek Puja.

This auspicious month marks the arrival of the southwest monsoon in the Indian Subcontinent.

The weather is cloudy and wet, and the rain frequently blesses the ground.

This whole month is a time for celebration for Shiva devotees as it is the month of Shiva – the god of destruction and regeneration. 

According to the traditional Hindu calendar Shravan Month, Shravan Mahina or Shravan Maas (July – August) is one of the holiest months.

Each region in India considers this month holy, and various vrats and rituals are performed.

All Somvars (Mondays) of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity as these days are devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva.

Lord Shiva is believed to be the most receptive this month, and devotees pray and perform Maha Mrityunjay Homa/HavanRudra Homa, and Rudrabhishek puja to make their wishes heard.

The rituals in this month involve Pujas and fasts, which make the connection to god deeper and cleanse your soul. 

Shravan Maas Dates

  • In most of northern India, Purnimanta Hindu Calendar is followed, and Shravan Maas will start on July 4 and end on August 31, .
  • Amavasya Lunar Calendar is followed in the southern region, and Shravan Maas will start July 18 till September 15, .

Legend Behind Shravan Maas Puja

As per the legends, when Samudra Manthan (the churning of oceans) took place in Shravan, 14 different types of exotic items came out.

Thirteen of these were distributed among participants, except Halahal or poison (the 14th item from Samudra Manthan).

Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat, hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Lord Shiva. In order to reduce the strong effect of this poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head.

Thereafter all the Gods started offering Ganges water to cool Lord Shiva and to alleviate the ill effects of the Halahal (poison).

Since this happened in the month of Shravana, the devotees of Lord Shiva devotees offer Abhishekam (ritual bathing) to Lord Shiva in this month.

Importance & Significance of Shravan Maas Puja

In this holy month, Rudrabhishek would be carried out with chants of Rudram.

Abhisheka of Shiva linga with different juices and holy liquids will be performed for the entire duration of Puja.

Shri Rudram is the oldest listing of various names of Lord Shiva.

Through the chanting of Sri Rudram, the various attributes and aspects of Lord Shiva are invoked and worshipped.

By the power of Shri Rudram, the unmarried find ideal mates, the sick become well, wealth & power is showered, debts are removed and death is evaded.

With this Rudram chanting, patterns and karmas get detached from you.

Basically, chanting Sri Rudram is a direct way to Enlightenment.

It is believed that the one who worships Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan is freed from all bondages and sins of Karma and gets Moksha. 

The puja not only pleases Lord Shiva and cleanses the souls of the devotees but also increases love and family bonding.

Performing this puja with devotion and sincerity is believed to help alleviate mental and physical health problems. 

Spiritual practices during Shravan Maas

  1. Fasting – In this, the devotees abstain from eating prohibited food and drinks as part of the cleanse during this month. There are 5 types of vrats (fasts) that devotees undertake, most common is the sawan somwar vrat, and solah somwar vrat, kept on Mondays (somwar).
  2. Rudra Abhishek – It is the main puja this month to worship Lord Shiva. People wearing rudraksha can use it for chanting. 
  3. Others- many other pujas are done to worship Lord Shiva, and offerings are made of panchamrit to Shivlinga. Many people feed the hungry or perform service to the community to show their compassion toward the lives saved by Lord Shiva. Kunwariyas walk barefeet to pour ganga jal on Shivalinga.

Significance of Mondays during Shravan Maas

Mondays are dedicated to Shiva; all rituals are more receptive to the people on Mondays. Most fasts are kept on Mondays of this month.

The auspiciousness of this day brings more positive energy and value to the acts like charity and puja. 

The Sawan Somwar Vrat is observed every Monday of the month. The Solah Somwar Vrat is kept for 16 consecutive Mondays by unmarried women to find an ideal husband. 

Festivals and events during Shravan Maas

Raksha Bandhan– This day marks the end of the Shravan Maas on a full moon night by celebrating the sacred relationship between a brother and sister. On Rakshabandhan, Sister ties a Rakhi around her brother’s wrist in return for a promise by her brother to always protect her. 

Janmashtami– It is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s birth (Krishna Janmashtami) and falls on the 8th day after the full moon during the Shravan Maas.

Nag Panchami– Nag Panchami is a day devoted to saving and worshipping snakes and falls on the fifth day after Amavasya on Shravan Maas.

Other festivals like Hariyali Teej, Ekadashi, Varalakshmi, and Gayatri Jayanti fall in this month too.

Shravan Maas Traditions Across India

Kanwar yatra is a north Indian tradition where devotees walk barefoot to offer the holy water from the Ganges to Lord Shiva.

Teej is also a north Indian tradition, where women dress in traditional attire and pray for their husband’s well-being. 

Fasts, pujas, bhajans, and kirtans are common across India and bring unity to the community. 

Do’s and Don’ts During Shravan Maas


  1. Devotees fast during this month; the frequency of fasts depends from person to person, but following a restrictive diet to cleanse their bodies.
  2. Doing puja every morning is also something devotees should follow.
  3. Visiting Lord Shiva’s temple frequently this month is preferred, as offering him panchamrit and other things.
  4. Mondays are more auspicious this month, and actions count more. Doing charity, puja, praying, everything holds more value on a Monday.


  1. There are dietary restrictions for people keeping fast; they cannot eat garlic, grains, rice, and pulses, mainly with many other foods. 
  2. Drinking alcohol is frowned upon during this month.
  3. Even when not fasting, do not consume garlic and ginger in any form.
  4. Non-veg food is also not allowed this month, especially the day one keeps fast. 


Since Shravan Maas is the most auspicious month in the Hindu Calendar, the acts and prayers bring more blessings to the devotees and allow them to show their devotion to Lord Shiva.

Mondays are important this month as they are associated with Lord Shiva, and many fasts are also kept on Mondays. 

Shravan Maas helps cleanse the soul of the devotees by performing rituals and keeping fasts.

The prayers in this month are more receptive, and different people show their devotion in different ways.

If you’re planning for Lord Shiva’s puja and homa during Shravan Maas, connect with an expert Vedic professional at SmartPuja for a hassle-free, memorable experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are some benefits of spiritual practices associated with Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas?

Devotees who observe Shravan Maas are filled with divine bliss.

They believe that it removes negative energy and gives them clarity and willpower.

2. Are there any restrictions for observing Shravan Maas, such as avoiding certain activities or foods?

Observers of this month typically avoid eating foods cooked with spices.

Other auspicious activities for devotees include meditation, reading shiva sutras, and wearing Rudraksha beads. 

3. Why is Lord Shiva particularly honoured during Shravan Maas, and how can devotees connect with him during this time?

Honouring Lord Shiva during this month is believed to bring prosperity and immediate fulfillment of a devotee’s wishes.

One can meditate and commit to sincerely observing the fast to seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.

4. How long does Shravan Maas last, and when does it typically occur in the calendar year?

Shravan Maas is the 5th month of the Hindu calendar and typically occurs during the months of July and August.

Shrvaan Maas 

What makes Shravan maas the holiest of all Hindu months?

It was because during this month, the samundar manthan (churning of ocean) took

place, when Lord Shiva stepped in and saved the whole cosmos or universe from


While churning the ocean by Devtas and demon kings, it is believed that 14 various

types of rubies were derived.

It’s been said that 13 of these were evenly distributed

between the Devtas and demons, but the jahar (poison or halahal) was spared.

None of the Devtas or the demons were willing to consume or accept this strong

poison – except Sri Shiva-ji – who drank the jahar but kept the liquid in his throat –

thus deriving his name: Nilkantha (Nil – meaning blue) and Kantha(throat).

It is said in various scriptures that to minimise the very strong effects of the poison,

Sri Shiva-ji wore the tiny crescent of the Chandar Devta (moon) on his forehead.

It is also believed that offering Ganga jal on Shiva lingam also started around this month to calm the effects of the poison in Lord Shiva’s throat.

Every day of this Sharvan month has its own significance, and rituals that can be observed.

However, no days are more auspicious than Shravan Mondays.

While Mondays in Sharvan maas are particularly auspicious for Sri Shiva-ji, other days of this month are very special for the following:

Tuesdays Devi Gauri or Parvathi or Durga, especially by women for good health of their

family:  Wednesdays Lord Vishnu or his reincarnations like Sri Krishna and Sri Ram.

Thursdays Gayatri Devi, saraswati or your own Guruji.

Fridays Sri Laxmi and Tulsi Vrinda Devi.

SaturdaysShani Devta – particularly important for fighting ill-effects of Shani in regards to obstacles of wealth being derived in homes.

SundaysWorshipping of Lord Surya.It is considered particularly beneficial to start

Solar Somvaar Varat (16 Mondays of fasting) during the month of Shravan.

The star Shravan rules the astrologies during Shravan Maas – this is where the month derives its name.

This is the holiest month for Shiv bhakti – similar to the month of Kartik for Lord Vishnu’s bhakti.

During this month Lord Shiva’s devotees should:

  • Wear Rudraksh, and also use a Rudraksh mala for Japa
  • Offer Lord Shiva Bhibhuti and place some on your forehead
  • Make offerings of Bael leaves, milk, yoghurt, ghee, honey and gur on Shiva Ling
  • Recite or Shiv Katha and Aarti
  • Chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

For all other Mantras, Chalisas and devotional songs please check the Bhakti and

Puja webpage on this site. 

Shrvaan Maas 

Shravan month, commonly known as Sawan or Shravan Maas, is regarded as a holy month according to Hindu Purana. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.

Shravan generally comes around July to August month according to the western calendar.

The Hindu month of Shravan is holy and auspicious from both religious and astrological points of view.

It is the best time to perform any auspicious ceremony as every day during this month is lucky and spiritually charged.

Lord Shiva is worshipped this month.

In fact, Sawan Mahina is all the more auspicious month for Shaivite Hindus as there are various stories and traditions that link the special significance of Lord Shiva to this festival. 

Festivals have always been a huge part of Indian culture, but when festivals also take place during a holy month, it brings another form of celebration for devotees and Hindus in general.

The month of Sawan is a whole festivity in itself.

But many celebrations arrive within it which have tales of their own.

Dates and Timings of Shravan Somwar

Dates of Shravan Maas for North Indian States

This year, the month of Shravan  will begin from July 18, , Tuesday, and will continue till August 31, , Tuesday for North Indian states (Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Bihar and Chhattisgar.

There will be only four Sawan Mondays this year.

  • Shravana Begins *North: Tuesday, Jul 18,
  • 1st Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 10,
  • 2nd Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 17,
  • Shravana Adhika Maas Start date: Tuesday, July 18,
  • 1st Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 24,
  • 2nd Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 31,
  • 3rd Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 7,
  • 4th Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 14,
  • Shravana Adhika Maas End date: Wednesday, Aug 16,
  • 3rd Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 21,
  • 4th Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 28,
  • Shravana End date: Tuesday, Aug 31,

Dates of Shravan Maas for South Indian & West Indians States

  • Shravana Begins *South: Tuesday, July 18,
  • Shravana Adhika Maas Start date: Tuesday, July 18,
  • 1st Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 24,
  • 2nd Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Jul 31,
  • 3rd Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 7,
  • 4th Shravan Leaped Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 14,
  • Shravana Adhika Maas End date: Wednesday, Aug 16,
  • 1st Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 21,
  • 2nd Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Aug 28,
  • 3rd Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Sep 4,
  • 4th Shravan Somwar Vrat: Monday, Sep 11,
  • Shravana End date: Tuesday, Sep 15,

Why the name Shravan?

Shravan mas is one of the holiest months of the year in the Hindu calendar.

It is the fifth month of the year in the moon-based Hindu calendar.

Are you wondering why this month is called Shravan? Well, there is a mythological belief behind it.

On Poornima or a full moon day, or at any time during this month, the Shravan Nakshatra rules the skies; that’s why it is called Shravan month.

Shravan Month Legend

Sagar Manthan (The churning of the ocean) is a very important event in Hindu mythology.

It is believed that the Sagar Manthan which took place in search of the immortalising nectar (the Amrit) happened during the month of Shravan mahina. During the churning, 14 different Gems (ratnas) came out from the ocean.

The thirteen gems were divided between Devas (gods) and Asuras (demons). But Halahal, which came out after the 13 ratnas ​​was not accepted by anyone because it was the deadliest poison that could destroy the whole universe and every living being.

Lord Shiva drank Halahal and kept the poison in his throat.

Due to the effect of poison, his throat turned blue, and he came to be known as Neelkanth. 

Such was the effect of that poison that Lord Shiva put a crescent moon on his head, and all the gods started pouring water over Lord Shiva from the holy Ganges to reduce the effect of the poison.

Both these events took place in the month of Shravan, and hence worshipping and offering holy Ganges water to Lord Shiva in this month is considered very auspicious. . 

Rituals of Shravan Month

  • Offering milk to Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan brings a lot of benefits.
  • People wear Rudraksha and use it for chanting. If Rudraksha is worn by offering it to Lord Shiva, it can work more effectively.
  • Offering Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, butter or ghee, honey and jaggery) and bel leaves to the Shiva Linga also invites his grace.
  • You can also chant Shiv Chalisa and do regular aarti of Lord Shiva.
  • Chanting of Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is very auspicious.
  • Besides, you should fast on all Shravan Mondays. Sawan Somvar fast can be very beneficial to a girl looking for a good husband.

Significance Of Shravan

As already mentioned in the legend, once upon a time, all gods in the heavens and the demons of hell started churning an ocean.

In search of elixir, they churned it for months, gaining all sorts of gifts which also had poison as a gift among them.

Now this poison was consumed by Lord Shiva, resulting in his throat turning blue as he held the poison in his throat.

As to reduce the effects of poison, gods started offering water from the river of Ganges to Lord Shiva.

This whole scenario took place in Shravan month.

Therefore, devotees believe that offering water and milk during this month help extinguish the fire that poison created in Lord Shiva’s body.

Prayers and other rituals are also performed to please Lord Shiva, as he is considered the kindest of them all.

As mentioned before, some people consider fasting on Mondays, especially young women wanting good husbands.

Chanting Lord Shiva’s name 108 times is also advantageous.

How Shravan Month is Celebrated?

The Shravan celebration differs for each state.

In North Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Rajasthan Shravan is celebrated 15 days earlier than other South Indian states.

During this month, many communities in India like Jains abandon fresh greenery that contains insects in them to not kill them inadvertently.

While states like Maharashtra, Goa, and Karnataka practice vegetarian diets as the rainy season makes it challenging to get seafood.

Devotees practice fast during this month as it helps calm your body and mind.

If someone can not hold fast for a month, they do it every Monday of the month.

As it is supposed to be the ruling deity Lord Shiva’s day.

Some may fast on Tuesday also to appease the Goddess Parvati, his devout spouse.

Lord Shiva has a huge contribution to how the celebration of Shravan maas started.

The Astrological Significance of the Shravan Month

Lord Shiva is also worshipped to get rid of the effects of bad planets and to get rid of incurable diseases which come with increasing age.

If one is facing misfortune in life, or one is facing evil eye or if, then worshipping Shiva will remove all these problems.

Well, here are some astrological remedies which can be done in the month of Sawan, which can rid you of all kinds of problems.

  • Establish a Siddha Peeth in the home temple and worship it regularly while chanting the Maha Mantra Om Namah Shivaya for peace and prosperity.
  • If you are facing any problem due to negative energy, then wearing an armour made of Rudraksha garland in the month of Shravan will prove to be good. It will protect you and keep you healthy.
  • If someone is having health-related problems, then Mahamrityunjaya Puja is very good in the month of Shravan. This may eliminate any disease of yours completely.
  • If you are unable to conduct expensive worship due to financial constraints, then you can buy a Mahamrityunjaya Yantra, worship the yantra and chant the Mahamrityunjaya mantra for at least 3 hours by lighting a lamp.
  • In the month of Shravan, if someone anoints Shivling with sugarcane juice or sweet water, it helps in reducing the problems related to Mars.
  • Recite Shiv Purana in Sawan and donate it to any devotee of Shiva; it will help you win the grace of Lord Shiva.
  • In the month of Shravan, regularly anoint Lord Shiva with coconut water in the Shiva temple and distribute coconut to the devotees.

How to Worship Shiva in Sawan as per the Zodiac Signs?

  • Aries – Aries natives should anoint Shivling with curd during Sawan and chant Om Nageshwaraya Namah mantra while offering red gulal and flowers.
  • Taurus – Every Monday during Sawan, Taurus natives should mix water in raw milk and offer it on Shivling. Along with this, offer curd, sandalwood and white flowers. During this, the recitation of Rudrashtak will also be fruitful.
  • Gemini – On every Sawan Somwar, the people of Gemini sign should anoint Lord Shiva Shankar with pomegranate or sugarcane juice and offer them by applying white sandalwood on Bel leaves. During this, chant Om Namah Shivaya Mantra.
  • Cancer – Cancer natives should anoint Shivling with pure ghee on every Shravan Monday and offer sweets made of mawa. Chant the mantra Om Somanathaya Namah.
  • Leo – Leo natives should pour jaggery mixed water on Shivling every Monday during Sawan and chant Mahamrityunjaya Mantra. Besides, a lamp of cow’s ghee should also be lit in front of God.
  • Virgo – The people of the Virgo sign should anoint Shivalinga by pouring sugarcane juice or water (with Bel leaves) during Sawan Monday. Along with this, you should chant Om Namah Shivaya Mantra.
  • Libra – People of the Libra zodiac should offer perfume or fragrant water to Lord Shiva; along with this, recite Shiva Sahasranamams. Offer shrikhand, sandalwood and white sandalwood bilva leaves to Shiva.
  • Scorpio – Scorpio natives should recite Rudrashtak on every Monday of Sawan by anointing Lord Shiva with Panchamrit. It solves all the business-related problems.
  • Sagittarius – On every Monday of Sawan, you should anoint Shivling by mixing saffron in cow’s milk. With this, apply sandalwood on a bilvapatra and offer it to Shivling. Chant Panchakshari Mantra.
  • Capricorn – Capricorn natives should anoint God by pouring Kusha in water on every Monday of Sawan. Donate wheat and chant the Panchakshari mantra Om Namah Shivaya
  • Aquarius – The natives of Aquarius should anoint Shivling by putting sesame in water every Monday of Sawan and light a mustard oil lamp in front of God. With this, chant the Shadakshar Mantra of Lord Shiva eleven times.
  • Pisces – Pisces natives should anoint the Lord with turmeric mixed with milk or water on every Monday during Sawan and recite Shiva Tandava.

The Festivals that Follow during Shravan Month

Nag Panchami

It is believed to offer milk to snakes on this day by people who believe in astrology.

It is also known that snakes do not consume milk at all.

Snakes are considered holy species as their species have a special place in Lord Shiva’s body.

It is said that when snakes went to Shiva to complain about how men despise their race, due to his compassionate heart, he gave them the honour to be placed around his neck like a precious ornament.

Nag Panchami puja is auspicious as snakes are considered divine creatures, according to Vedas. 

Raksha Bandhan

This festival is celebrated for signifying the bond between brothers and sisters.

As the name ‘Raksha’ means protection, it is said that whoever protects you, you can tie a silk string to them as gratitude and promise of protecting you.

Along with Raksha Bandhan, a festival called Nariyal Poornima is also celebrated on the full moon.

The coastal Indian natives offer a coconut to the sea to respect the god of the sea and for them to calm down after the rainy season as most natives there depend on the sea for a living.

What is Shravan Month?

Shravan month is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.

It begins in late July from the first day of the full moon and ends on the day of the next full moon.

The month of Shravana celebrates the arrival of the South-West monsoons.

In the Hindu calendar, Shravan month is dedicated to and Goddess Parvati.

The whole month is considered auspicious to seek blessings of Lord Shiva.

Devotees keep various fasts during this month.

All the Shiva Temples are filled with devotees during Shravan Month.

Shravan Month is also known by the name Sawan Maas in North Indian states.

Legend behind Sharavan Month

According to the legends, Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva.

Hence, she performed penance and fasting for the whole month of Saawan.

Lord Shiva pleased with the devotion of Parvati, fulfilled her wish.

Shiva likes the Shravan month very much as he got reunited with his wife during this period.

Importance of Shravan Month

  • Shravan Month is considered one of the holiest months of the year.
  • It is the best time to conduct all-important religious ceremonies.
  • Hindus hold the month of Shravan with utmost respect and devotion.
  • It gives them massive amount of blessings and good fortune into their lives.

Fasts in Shravan Month

There are 4 types of Vrats (fasts) people can take in the month of Sawan. These are :

  1. Sawan Somwar Vrat — The first day of the week (Monday) is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People take this fast on all Mondays occurring in the month of Sawan. There are a total of 4 Mondays during Sawan.
  2. Solah Somwar Vrat — People keep this fast for 16 consecutive Mondays. The first Monday of Shravan month is the starting date for Solah Somwar Vrat. This fast is mainly done by single women wishing for a nice groom.
  3. Pradosh Vrat — It is a combination of three durations that are most favorite to Lord Shiva. These are Shravan + Monday + Pradosh. Hence, people take this fast in the month of Shravan, all Mondays and the 13th day of the Hindu month (Trayodashi).
  4. Mangala Gauri Vrat — Tuesday’s fasting during Shravan month is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. This Vrat is observed by women for the long life of their husbands.

Shravan Vrat Rules and Guidelines

According to the scriptures, certain rules and guidelines need to be followed while observing a fast in the month of Sawan. These are as follows:

  1. One should wake up early in the morning, clean the house and then take a proper bath.
  2. Gangajal (water of Holy Ganga) is spread in the house to purify it.
  3. Then the idol of Lord Shiva is duly cleaned and prepared for the Pooja.
  4. Rudra Abhishek is done to the Lord with Milk, Water, Ghee, Gangajal, Rose Water, etc.
  5. One can also offer milk to the Shiva Lingam in any Shiva Temple.
  6. The holy mantra of ‘Om Namah Shivay’ is chanted while meditating upon him.
  7. People should not eat anything the whole day and prayers are offered twice a day.
  8. For the puja, a lamp with gingelly oil should lighten up.
  9. Solah Somvar Vrat Katha (Sawan Vrat Katha) is to be recited during the Vrat. The Vrat Katha describes the life of Mahadeva and Parvati.
  10. Lastly, an Aarti is performed and Prasad is distributed among the family members.
  11. After that, the fast can be broken, and normal food can be consumed. People can also take Falahaar (fruit diet).

Significance of each day during Shravan

Each day of the week during Shravan month carries spiritual significance. Here is a list of the significance of each day with the respective God:

  1. Monday — Dedicated to Lord Shiva.
  2. Tuesday — Dedicated to Goddess Gauri.
  3. Wednesday — Dedicated to Lord Vithala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
  4. Thursday — Dedicated to Lord Budh and Guru.
  5. Friday — Dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi & Goddess Tulsi.
  6. Saturday — Dedicated to Shani Dev (Saturn).
  7. Sunday — Dedicated to Suryadev (Sun God).

Festivals in Sawan Month

Shravan is considered as a holy month in the Hindu calendar due to a number of festivals celebrated during this time. These popular festivals are:

  1. Krishna Janmashtami — Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of Lord Krishna. To witness the best celebrations, one must head to Mathura, the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Mumbai also hosts the unique ritual of “Dahi Handi” on this day.
  2. Raksha Bandhan — Raksha Bandhan signifies the bond between brothers and sisters. All the sisters tie Rakhis on the wrists of their brothers to bring them good luck. Raksha Bandhan means “Bond of Protection” and also called as Rakhi Purnima.
  3. Shravani or Narali Poornima — In the coastal regions of Maharashtra, fisherman offers a coconut (naral in Marathi) to the sea for calming it down after the monsoon season. This day marks the beginning of the fishing season.
  4. Shravana Putrada Ekadashi (Pavitropana Ekadashi) — Husband and wife who do not have a son for a long time after marriage observe 24 hours fast on this day. They worship Lord Vishnu in the wish of getting a male child.
  5. Naag Panchami — On this day, snake god Naga is worshipped for the welfare of the family. People offer milk to the idols and images of snakes. Snakes are considered dear to Lord Shiva, hence people also worship at Shiva Temples this day.
  6. Hariyali Teej — Haryali Teej welcome the monsoon season and is celebrated primarily by girls and women, with songs and dancing. This day is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and her union with Lord Shiva.

Special Poojas and Rituals performed during Shravan Month

  1. Rudrabhishek — This pooja is performed to worship Lord Shiva in one of his most popular Rudra forms. Rudrabhisek — Procedures and Benefits
  2. Maha Rudrabhishek — This Rudrabhisek is performed to get rid of the negative effects of planet Saturn.
  3. Laghu Rudrabhishek — This Rudrabhishek is performed by experienced priests by reciting very powerful mantras.
  4. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra has miraculous effects in the lives of the people and relieves them from the death and rebirth cycle. Mahamrityunjaya Mantra — Benefits, Costs and Procedures
  • Mantra Chanting — A person may chant Shiva mantras using Rudraksha beads. It is usually done silently in mind and in the multiples of 108.
  • Mangala Gouri Pooja — Observing fast and worshipping Goddess Maha Gauri during Saawan maas is very fruitful.

Kanwar Yatra during Shravan Maas

Kanwar Yatra, also known as Kanwar Mela is a holy fair that starts in the sacred month of Shravana (Savan).

The devotees who participate in this annual pilgrimage are known as Kanwariyas.

These devotees travel barefoot to the four important pilgrimage places of Gaumukh, Haridwar, Gangotri, and Sultanganj.

They fetch the holy waters of sacred river Ganga from there.

This holy water is then offered to Baba Baidyanath in Devgarh and special Jyotir Lingas of the country.

The Kanwariyas wear saffron clothes during the Yatra.

The Kanwarisalso visit the special rivers throughout the country based on their accessibility like the River Narmada, River Kshipra and other holy rivers and offer their water to Lord Shiva.

Starting Point

The Kanwaris start traveling from the source of the river like the Gangotri or Gaumukh in Uttarakhand.

Ending Point

Shravani Melas or fairs are conducted in Deogarh in Jharkhand where thousands of devotees bring the holy water.

Abhishekam are also conducted at places like Allahabad and Varanasi.

Tree Planting for Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas

Planting trees during the month of Shravan, also known as Shravan Maas or Sawan, is considered auspicious and is associated with Lord Shiva in Hinduism.

Shravan Maas is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is believed to be a sacred month during which devotees observe various religious practices and rituals to seek his blessings.


  • Enhancement of Biodiversity
  • Increase in Green Cover
  • Reduction of Man-Animal Conflict
  • Generation of Rural Employment
  • Improvement of Wildlife Habitats 

Tree Species:

The species of trees that are planted depend on the project, and they are chosen based on their native habitat in the corresponding ecological zone.

Why trees?

There are several reasons why planting trees for Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas is considered significant:

  • Environmental Stewardship: Lord Shiva is often associated with nature and the preservation of the environment. Planting trees is seen as a way to honor and show respect to the divine presence of Lord Shiva in all living beings and the natural world. It emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship and the need to protect and conserve the Earth.
  • Symbolism of Trees: Trees hold immense symbolism in Hinduism. They represent fertility, longevity, and the interconnectedness of all life forms. Planting trees is believed to bring prosperity, positive energy, and blessings. It is seen as a way to create a harmonious environment that fosters spiritual growth and well-being.
  • Spiritual Significance: Planting trees during Shravan Maas is considered a virtuous act that earns spiritual merit (punya). It is believed that performing such acts of devotion during this sacred month pleases Lord Shiva and brings devotees closer to attaining moksha (liberation). Planting trees is seen as a selfless service to both nature and society.
  • Seasonal Relevance: Shravan Maas typically falls during the monsoon season in India, which is a favorable time for tree plantation. The ample rainfall during this period helps trees establish their roots and grow effectively. By planting trees during this time, there is a higher chance of their survival and growth.

Overall, planting trees for Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas is a way for devotees to express their reverence, care for the environment, and seek spiritual growth. It combines religious devotion with environmental consciousness, emphasizing the importance of living in harmony with nature.

Social Impact:

Tree planting for Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas can have several positive social impacts:

  • Environmental Conservation: Tree planting initiatives contribute to environmental conservation efforts. Trees help combat climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, thus mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases. They also provide shade, prevent soil erosion, and support biodiversity by providing habitats for various species. By planting trees, communities can actively participate in preserving and improving the environment, creating a positive impact on the ecosystem.
  • Community Engagement: Tree planting events during Shravan Maas provide an opportunity for communities to come together and engage in a collective effort. People from different backgrounds and age groups can join hands to plant trees, fostering a sense of unity, cooperation, and shared responsibility. These events can strengthen community bonds and create a platform for social interaction and collaboration.
  • Education and Awareness: Tree planting initiatives during Shravan Maas can serve as a means to educate and raise awareness about the importance of environmental conservation and sustainable practices. By involving individuals in the process of tree planting, it provides an experiential learning opportunity for people to understand the benefits of trees, their role in the ecosystem, and the need to protect and nurture them. This can inspire a sense of environmental consciousness and motivate individuals to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives.
  • Health and Well-being: Planting trees can have positive effects on human health and well-being. Trees help improve air quality by filtering pollutants and providing fresh oxygen. They also contribute to the overall aesthetics of an area, creating a visually pleasing and calming environment. Engaging in tree planting activities during Shravan Maas can offer individuals a chance to connect with nature, experience its therapeutic benefits, and promote a healthier lifestyle.
  • Legacy and Long-Term Impact: Tree planting is a long-term investment in the future. The trees planted during Shravan Maas have the potential to grow and thrive, providing benefits for generations to come. They can create a green legacy and serve as a reminder of the collective efforts made by communities during this auspicious month. The impact of these trees can extend beyond the immediate time frame, providing shade, beauty, and environmental benefits for years to come.

In summary, tree planting for Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas not only has environmental significance but also carries social benefits.

It fosters community engagement, promotes environmental education and awareness, enhances health and well-being, and leaves a lasting legacy of environmental conservation.

Create Your Forest

How to create a Forest?

One tree at a time.

  • You can create your own forest by planting trees with your family and friends on every important event or milestone in your life.
  • You can plant a tree on your birthday, anniversary, promotion
  • You can plant a tree on festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Eid and New Year to wish your friends and family

Impact of your Tree

·         Releases Oxygen

A mature tree produces around 120 kilograms of oxygen per year, which is sufficient for one human per year.

·         Reduces Air Pollution

A tree absorbs harmful gases like CO2, NO2 released by factories and vehicles, which can have serious health problems for us

·         Removes CO2

A Tree removes 22 KGs of CO2 from atmosphere per year, which is equivalent to the CO2 realeased by a human in 10 days.

·         Cooling Effect

A Tree generates cooling effect of around 10 room size ACs by providing shade and through a process of transpiration.


The pious month of Sharavan
The month of Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calender beginning from Chaitra, and is the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas.

On Purnima or fullmoon day, or during the course of the month the star ‘Shravan’ rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan.

This month is spread out with innumerably religious festivals and ceremonies and almost all the days of this month are auspicious.

Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Each Monday of this month, known as Shravana Somvar, is a special day in temples where the Dharanatra hangs over the ling or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night.

Devotees pile the ling high with Bael leaves and flowers and fast till sunset. The Nandadeep (24 hour lamp) burns steadily in the temples.

Lord Shiva and Shravan Mas

churning of oceans – Samudra Manthan The churning of oceans “Samudra Manthan” between Dev (Demi-Gods) and Danav (Demons) took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out.

Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the Dev and Danav’s, except Halahal (poison).

Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat.

Hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva.

To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head.

All the Devs (Demi-Gods), thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to reduce the effect of poison.

Ever since, this event too place in the month of Shravan, all devotees offer the Ganges water to Lord Shiv especially during this month.

It is highly auspicious to wear a Rudrakash in Shravan month.

As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity.

All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiv as this day is sacred to Lord Shiv.

No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured.

Shree Hindu Temple always performs special Shiv Abhishek on each Monday of Shravan mas (month). 

Adhik Maas: Know why the Shravan month is 59-days long this year, and has 8 Mondays

The Solar year consists of 365 days, 15 Ghatis, 31 Pals, and 30 Vipals whereas the Lunar year consists of 354 days, 22 Ghatis, 1 Pal, and 23 Vipals.

The month of Shravana also widely known as Sawan is considered to be auspicious by every Hindu as it attaches significance to worship of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

It is also the first month of the Chaturmas period which usually consists of four months as per the Hindu calendar- Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, and Kartik.

Hindus believe that Goddess Parvati had conducted hard penance and had performed strict fasting for the entire Sawan month to marry Lord Shiva. Pleased and satisfied by Goddess Parvati’s devotion and dedication, Lord Shiva was obliged to fulfill her wish.

The month of Sawan this year is said to have begun on July 4 with its first Monday falling on July 10.

However, the month of Sawan is believed to last for 59 days consisting of 8 Shravana Mondays and 9 Tuesdays. People following the Shravan rituals usually fast every Monday and visit the temple of Lord Shiva seeking his blessings for the holy month.

Some Hindu women meanwhile conduct fasts also on Tuesdays to extend their worship to Goddess Parvati, seeking long life for their respective husbands and their families.

However, this year, Hindus will have to conduct fasts for 8 Shravana Mondays and 9 following Tuesdays due to the addition of an extra month in the Hindu calendar, known as the Adhik maas (additional month).

According to the reports, Adhik maas occurs after every three years but this year it has come along with the month of Shravana which is a rare phenomenon and it occurs only once after every 19 years.

The addition of Adhik Maas explained

As per the Hindu panchang (calendar), Adhik maas is nothing but the difference in the period between the Solar year and the Lunar year.

The Solar year consists of 365 days, 15 Ghatis, 31 Pals, and 30 Vipals whereas the Lunar year consists of 354 days, 22 Ghatis, 1 Pal, and 23 Vipals.

The astrological calculator suggests that the Ghati-Pal-Vipal is the unit of measuring time just like it is the Hour-Minute-Second for the English clock.

Generally, the day as per the English rituals starts at midnight, but it starts as the sun rises in the Hindu scriptures. Similarly, a day in the English calendar is made up of 24 hours but it is made up of 60 Ghatis as per the Hindu calendars.

The combination of hour-minute-second is known usually known as time but the same given in Ghati-Pal-Vipal is called ‘Ishta-kaal’.

So, considering the calculations, there appears a difference of 10 days, 53 Ghatis, 30 Pals, and 7 Vipals every year in the years of both the Sun and Moon (solar year and lunar year).

And further combining these days three times makes an automatic addition of one month to the lunar year after every 3 years.

This happens to ensure that the difference between the solar year and the lunar year is balanced.

Two different Shravana months followed by Hindus

The Adhik maas consists of 33 days and this year it has come along the Shravana month, extending the number of Mondays to 8.

The northern states of India including Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, and Himachal Pradesh follow the Purnimanta Hindu calendar which marks the beginning of Shravana from July 4 to August 31. However, Hindus living in the states like Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu follow the Amavasya Lunar calendar according to which the actual month of Shravan begins on August 18 and ends on September 15.

Significance of Shravan month

It is believed that to get married to Lord Shiva, Maa Parvati underwent arduous penance and fasted for the full month of Shravan.

Lord Shiva consented and granted her request after being pleased with her commitment and devotion.

The first month, Shravan of the four months known as Chaturmas- Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, and Kartik is dedicated to devotion and worship of the Divine power.

According to the scriptures, Lord Shiva is in charge of the entire creation during this time while Lord Vishnu enters a state of deep meditation known as Yoga Nidra on the Adi Shesha, a seven-headed serpent, beneath the cosmic ocean (Kshirasagara).

This can be interpreted as the nurturing and preservation aspect of life (ruled by Lord Vishnu) stopping to make way for devastation (regulated by Lord Shiva).

Finally, the old requires to make room for the young, continuing the eternal cycle of creation, nurture, and destruction.

During this time, devotees practice a strict sattvic lifestyle and engage in acts of devotion and worship to ask the Divine for blessings and protection.

Each day of the given month carries a spiritual significance.

The Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva while the Tuesdays are dedicated to Goddess Parvati.

Hindu women fast on Tuesdays to seek blessings for a long and healthy life for their respective husbands and familes.

Wednesdays are dedicated to Lord Vitthal, which is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.

Thursdays hold significance for Gurus and Fridays for Goddess Laxmi or Tulsi.

Saturdays and Sundays meanwhile are dedicated to the worship of Lord Shani (Saturn) and the Sun God respectively.

What devotees do in Shravan Maas

Shiva devotees consider Shravan maas as the holiest and month of all.

Hence, Hindus look forward to the month for starting any huge venture of their life if any.

They further worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and also conduct rigorous fasts and ‘Abhisheks’.

During the ‘Abhishek’, Hindus seek to cleanse all their sins by offering Panchamrut to Lord Shiva which includes a mixture of honey, milk, ghee, sugar, and curd.

The devotees also offer Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and seek blessings for a healthy and pleasant life.

The devotees are also expected to chant Gayatri Mantra, Mahamrutyunjay Matra or the Rudra Gayatri Mantra for 108 times during the day.

They are also expected to follow the Sattvic way of life which excludes consumption of non vegetarian food, alcohol and tobacco.

Festivals usually celebrated in the month of Shravan

The month of Shravan brings along with it calmness in the weather and happiness to the minds of Hindus as several festivals tend to fall in this one month.

The festivals celebrated this month include Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchmi, Varalakshmi Vratam, Rakshabandhan, and Krishna Janmashtmi.

Hariyali Teej is the festival in which Hindu women and girls conduct fastings, and pray to Lord Shiva for the long life of their husbands and would-be husbands respectively.

Teej is a festival usually associated with weddings in the Hindu culture.

Nag panchmi is the day when snakes or serpents are worshiped according to the Vedic culture. They are offered milk.

The devotees seek blessings for the welfare of their families and seek protection from probable dangers.

Krisna Janmasthmi on the other hand is celebrated all over the country to mark the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of lord Vishnu.

The devotees engage in bhajans and ras celebrations at midnight and offer Lord Krishna butter and panjeri (sweet believed to be loved by Lord Krishna).

The devotees also conduct a fast for the entire day and break it only on the next day after the Rohini Nakshatra period is over.