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Shravan Month is considered as one of the most auspicious months in the entire sub-continent of India. This holy month is solely dedicated to Lord Shiva and His consort Goddess Parvati.

Legend says that Lord Shiva drank poison in the month of Shravan to save the world, According to teachings of the Shiva Purana, this auspicious month Shravan and specifically the day-Monday, both are very dear to Lord Shiva.

Therefore, Hindu devotees maintain austerity, observe strict fasts and pray to Lord Shiva in this holy month of Shravan to fulfill all their desires and wishes with His divine blessings.

During the whole month, devotees fast on Mondays which is popularly known as “Shravan Somvar Vrat’.

They offer milk, Gangajal, and bel leaves (leaf of golden apple tree) to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi / Monday Fast procedure: Experts say, there is a very specific method of fasting during the Mondays of

Shravan. Chanting of mantras and offering water (Gangajal or water of any other holy river) on shivling is considered auspicious.

• Wake up before sunrise and take a holy bath.

• Observe a fast from Sunrise to Sunset with utmost devotion.

• Visit a temple of Shiva to perform the ritual OR

• Set up an altar (Vedi) in your house after cleaning the area of worship.

• Light a Diya (lamp) of ghee and incense sticks.

• Place Shivling on the altar and do Abhishek with panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, butter or ghee, honey, and jaggery)

• Then offer milk and water to the Shivling.

• After that offer bel leaves, flowers, supari (betel nuts), fruits, and coconut to Mahadev.

Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi / Monday Fast procedure: Experts say, there is a very specific method of fasting during the Mondays of Shravan.

Chanting of mantras and offering water (Gangajal or water of any other holy river) on shivling is considered auspicious.

• Wake up before sunrise and take a holy bath.

• Observe a fast from Sunrise to Sunset with utmost devotion.

• Visit a temple of Shiva to perform the ritual OR

• Set up an altar (Vedi) in your house after cleaning the area of worship.

• Light a Diya (lamp) of ghee and incense sticks.

• Place Shivling on the altar and do Abhishek with panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, butter or ghee, honey, and jaggery)

• Then offer milk and water to the Shivling.

• After that offer bel leaves, flowers, supari (betel nuts), fruits, and coconut to Mahadev.

• Chant the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya” along with “Mahamritunjay mantra” and “Shiva Gayatri mantra” during the puja

• Recite the Shravan Vrat Katha (story) during the puja.

• Offer aarti at the end to complete the puja.

• Distribute prasad among your family members as soon as the puja concludes.

• A devotee must break the fast only in the evening after offering aarti to Lord Shiva. Afterward, one can have normal food.

Food for Shravan Somvar fast: Hindu devotees observe a sattvic lifestyle during the month of Shravan, which includes food or beverages of sattvic nature.

• Saltless Chips

• Fruits

• Dhokla

• Shrikhand

• Sago Stew (Sabudana Khichdi)

• Curd, buttermilk

(Avoid food that makes you feel heavy and also avoid salty, spicy, and oily foods on this day)

Mantra to chant on Shravan Somvar:

There are various types of Shiva Mantras; each having its own purpose and importance. Following mantras can be chanted on this day to

praise Lord Shiva:

Shiv Mantra (Panchakshari): Om Namah Shivaya

Shiva Gayatri Mantra:

Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe, Mahadevaya Dhimahi, Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat.

Mahamritui Mantra:

Om tryambhakam yajamahe, sugandhim pushti-vardhanam

urvarukam-iva bandhanan, mrityor mukshiya maamritat.

Religious Significance: It is believed that one who observes fast during Shravan month is blessed with spiritual bliss. Rudra Abhishek and Yagna on a Monday of this month purifies the soul, brings peace of mind, and fulfills all wishes.

According to Hindu popular belief, a woman who observes fast on Shravan Mondays (Somvars) is bestowed with a suitable life partner.

It is also believed that Mata Parvati observed a complete fast during this holy month of Shravan and was blessed with the boon of having Lord Shiva as Her husband.

Wedded couples jointly observe this fast for a happy and blissful married life, Fasting on this day is believed

Religious Significance: It is believed that one who observes fast during Shravan month is blessed with spiritual bliss. Rudra Abhishek and Yagna on a Monday of this month purifies the soul, brings peace of mind, and fulfills all wishes.

According to Hindu popular belief, a woman who observes fast on Shravan Mondays (Somvars) is bestowed with a suitable life partner.

It is also believed that Mata Parvati observed a complete fast during this holy month of Shravan and was blessed with the boon of having Lord Shiva as Her husband.

Wedded couples jointly observe this fast for a happy and blissful married life, Fasting on this day is believed to remove all the obstacles and difficulties from your path with the blessing of merciful Lord Shiva

The cosmos is highly charged with Shiva tattvas during this month.

So, chanting of Shiva mantras and a fast on this day helps to improve physical and mental health that increases your willpower as well as sharpens your memory.

Shravan Somvar Vrat Katha / Shravan Mondays fast story: According to Hindu mythology, the churning of the sea (Samudra Manthan-with the Mount Mandara as the churning rod, and Vasuki, the biggest snake as the churning rope) between the devas and the demons happened during this month of Shravan in the Satyuga.

During this process, numerous jewels and Airavat (divine elephant of Lord Indra) was released from the ocean of Milk (Kshirsagar). One such mesmerizing thing that emerged was the Halahala (deadliest poison) from the sea.

It is clearly written in various sacred texts that this venom was so lethal that it could have destroyed the entire universe.

In such a scenario, the merciful Lord Shiva decided to drink it to save the creation, However, when Goddess Parvati saw him taking poison, she at once held His throat so that the deadliest poison wouldn’t go down further.

As a result, this tuned His throat blue, and henceforth he was also called Neelkanth Hindu Devotees observe Shravan Somvar Vrat with utmost devotion to express their gratitude and to thank Mahadev for His great sacrifices in stopping the massive destruction of the universe.

Many devotees undertake the Kanwar yatra during which they collect water from the different holy rivers to perform Abhishek on Shravan Somvar.

Keeping fast every Monday of this month (Sawan Somwar) brings fruitful results and help to live a happy life Summary: Shravan is the fifth month of the lunar calendar dedicated to Lord of the lord’s Shiva and believed to be the most auspicious and beneficiary month.

Shravan Maas is a holy month filled with other popular rituals such as Raksha Bandhan, Naga-Panchami, Govatsa, Shravani Purnima, Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Rishi Panchami, Kalkyavatara, and Putradaikadashi.

Mondays of Shravan maas are very important as these days are dear to Lord Shiva. Every temple of Lord Shiva celebrates Shravan Somvar Vrat, offers prayer, and performs Vedic rituals to please Him.

Devotees of Lord Shiva celebrate this auspicious day with a fast which is popularly known as Shravan Somvar Vrat.

Devotees observe a full day fast, they visit a temple of Shiva to offer water from a holy river and bel leaves to receive His graceful blessings.

As per Shiva Purana, repeated chanting of Shiva Chalisa, Panchakshara Mantra and Mahamritunjay mantra on this day brings miraculous results to the life of a devotee.

Unmarried women, seeking a perfect partner observe fast on this day to appease Lord Shiva and to receive His blessings

7 Auspicious Rituals To Follow During Shravan Somvar

Sawan Somwar is an auspicious month for Hindus and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During this month, fasting is common and here are puja rituals, dos and don’ts that devotees must consider while keeping Sawan Vrat.

Shravan Somwar: The word Somwar is connected to Moon and Soma means Chandra. Many female devotees of Lord Shiva start Solah Somwar from the first Sawam Somwar and they continue it till they complete 16 Somwar. Sawan Somwar is dedicated to Lord Shiva as he holds the crescent moon on his forehead. The month of Sawan is considered auspicious for those devotees who are unmarried. It is believed that devotees who worship Lord Shiv during this auspicious month would get desired life partner or desired wish fulfillment. Gurudev Shrie Kashyap, Chairman and Founder of All India Institute of Occult Science and True Vastu, shares essential Puja rituals, do’s and don’ts that devotees must consider while keeping the auspicious fast.


Puja Vidhi (rituals) for Shravan Somwar Vrat

  • On the morning of the fast, wake up early and take a bath.
  • Clean your puja room and decorate it with flowers.
  • Offer panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey, and sugar) to Lord Shiva.
  • Offer flowers, fruits, and bel leaves to Lord Shiva.
  • Offer prayer to Lord Shiva, asking for his blessings.
  • Offer milk, dhatura flowers, belpatra, sandalwood paste, yogurt, honey, ghee, and sugar. Some of the mantras that can be chanted during the puja are Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, the Om Namah Shivaya Mantra, and the Rudra Abhisheka Mantra.


Do’s and Don’ts for Shravan Sawan Vrat:

  • Wake up early in the morning and take a bath.
  • Wear clean and comfortable clothes.
  • Offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
  • Chant mantras
  • Donate food and clothes to the poor
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food and alcohol
  • Some also avoid garlic and onions while keeping the fast

Things to Consider While Keeping Shravan Somwar Vrat

  •  If you cannot fast for the entire day, you can break your fast in the evening after sunset.
  • If you are feeling weak or unwell, you can consult with your doctor before observing the fast.
  • It is important to stay hydrated during the fast. You can drink water, buttermilk, or fruit juices.
  • You can also eat light snacks such as fruits, nuts, and seeds.
  • The most important thing is to have a positive attitude and to focus on your spiritual practice.

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 PradeshTelanganaGoaMaharashtraGujaratKarnataka and Tamil Nadu, Amanta Lunar Calendar is followed while in North Indian states RajasthanUttar PradeshMadhya PradeshPunjabHimachal PradeshUttarakhandChhattisgarhBihar 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.

Know The Benefits Of Keeping Fast On All Sawan Somwar

Hindus celebrate Sawan Somwar a significant festival all over the world, particularly in India, Nepal, and Mauritius. The festival falls in the month of Shravan (July-August), and people dedicate each Monday of the month to Lord Shiva. Let’s discuss the dates and details of Sawan Somwar  and the rituals associated with it. Also, let’s explore the astrological significance of this festival.

Devotees fast, offer prayers and perform various rituals to please Lord Shiva during this auspicious month. Sawan Somwar holds great importance in Hindu mythology and devotees celebrate it with great fervor and enthusiasm. During this time, Lord Shiva showers his blessings upon his devotees, and all fulfill all their wishes. Devotees also offer milk, water, and other offerings to Lord Shiva’s lingam, a representation of his phallus, in temples.

Dates of Sawan Somwar

Sawan Somwar is an auspicious Hindu festival that is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm in many parts of India. This festival is observed on Mondays during the Hindu month of Shravana, which usually falls in July or August. In , Shravana will begin on 4 July, Tuesday in North India. This will continue for the entire month until 31 August, Thursday.

There are four Sawan Somwar Vrats that devotees consider the most significant during this festival. In , they fall on 10 July, 17 July, 21 August, and 28 August , all of which are Mondays. Additionally, there are four more Leaped Shravan Somwar Vrats. This year they will fall on 24 July, 31 July, 7 August, and 14 August , respectively, all on Mondays. Furthermore, the Shravana Adhika Maas, will begin on 18 July , Tuesday, and end on 16 August , Wednesday.

Sawan Somwar is an essential festival for Hindus, and they celebrate it with great devotion, fasting, and offering prayers to Lord Shiva. Devotees believe that by observing the Sawan Somwar Vrats, one can seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and attain happiness, prosperity, and peaceful life.

Significance of Sawan Somwar

Sawan Somwar is a significant Hindu festival that people celebrate across India during the month of Shravan, which falls between July and August. Devotees dedicate this festival to Lord Shiva and observe on Mondays or Somwars during this month.

The historical significance of Sawan Somwar can be traced back to ancient Hindu scriptures, where the month of Shravan is considered an auspicious period to worship Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva consumed poison during the churning of the ocean and saved the world from destruction. He did this on the day of Sawan Somwar, and as a result, devotees fast and perform special rituals to please Lord Shiva during this month. People celebrate Sawan Somwar with great fervor and devotion across India. People decorate Shiva temples with flowers, and lights, and offer special prayers and offerings to the deity. Devotees also fast on Mondays and offer milk, honey, and bel leaves to the Shiva Linga. Observing this fast with devotion and sincerity will fulfill one’s wishes and bring prosperity and happiness to the family.

In North India, especially in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and Rajasthan, people celebrate this festival with grandeur. People dress up in traditional attire and take out processions on the streets with idols of Lord Shiva. In some places, people perform folk dances like Bhangra and Garba during the festival. In conclusion, Sawan Somwar holds a significant place in the hearts of Hindus, and they celebrate it with utmost devotion and sincerity. The festival is a reminder of the power of Lord Shiva and his blessings that bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to the devotees.

Puja rituals to look after on Sawan Mondays in

Here are some points explaining the fasting and puja rituals associated with Sawan Somwar:

  • Fasting: Devotees of Lord Shiva observe fasts on Mondays during the month of Sawan. They consume only a simple diet of fruits, milk, and water.
  • Abhishek: Devotees perform Abhishek or bathing of the Shivlinga with milk, honey, and water, and offer flowers and fruits to Lord Shiva.
  • Rudrabhishek: Devotees perform this special puja on Mondays during Sawan. It involves reciting the Rudra Sukta, which is a Vedic hymn. This is an incantation to Lord Shiva. Performing Rudrabhishek helps to remove negative energies and obstacles from one’s life.
  • Mahamrityunjaya Mantra: This is a powerful mantra that devotees dedicate to Lord Shiva and chant during Sawan. Chanting this mantra helps to ward off negative energies and brings peace and prosperity to one’s life.
  • Chanting: Sawan is an auspicious month in the Hindu calendar, and devotees worship Lord Shiva during this time. Observing fasts and chanting during Sawan can bring peace, prosperity, and happiness to one’s life. Worshipping Lord Shiva during Sawan can help to remove negative energies, obstacles, and sins from one’s life, and lead to spiritual growth.

Benefits of keeping Vrat in Sawan Somwar in

Observing the Sawan Somwar fast and rituals holds immense significance from a spiritual and astrological perspective. Here are some benefits of observing the Sawan Somwar:

  • Fasting and performing puja during the Sawan Somwar can help purify the soul and cleanse it of negative energies.
  • Sawan Somwar fast can help in attaining salvation and blessings from Lord Shiva.
  • The Sawan Somwar fast enhances positivity and brings about a positive change in one’s life. Fasting during this period can help remove obstacles and bring good fortune.
  • Sawan Somwar  fasting can help in detoxifying the body and improving digestion, while also promoting mental clarity and reducing stress.
  • The Sawan Somwar fast is auspicious for married couples, and fasting during this period can strengthen the bond between husband and wife. It brings about harmony and peace in the family.
  • Observing the Sawan Somwar  fast can enhance spiritual growth and helps in connecting with the divine. The period of Sawan is highly auspicious for spiritual practices, such as meditation and chanting mantras.
  • The planetary positions during the Sawan Somwar period are favorable for spiritual growth and material gains. Performing puja and fasting during this period can help in appeasing the planets and seek their blessings.

Performing holy bath on Sawan Somvar

Taking a holy bath during Sawan Somwar holds immense significance in Hinduism. The ritual of taking a holy bath not only cleanses the physical body but also purifies the mind and soul. The water that people use for the holy bath is sacred, as it is usually sourced from rivers such as the Ganges, Yamuna, and Godavari, which are considered holy in Hinduism. This water contains divine properties that can wash away negative energies, sins, and impurities.

Moreover, taking a holy bath during Sawan Somwar also has a positive impact on the health of the individual. The cooling properties of the water help to reduce the body’s temperature, which is essential during the hot and humid weather of the monsoon season. It helps soothe the nerves, reduce stress, and improve overall mental and physical well-being. Apart from the physical and mental benefits, taking a holy bath during Sawan Somwar is also a form of devotion to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva blesses those who take a dip in his holy waters with spiritual progress and enlightenment.

Significance of Sawan Somwar

The Sawan Somwar holds great significance when it comes to astrology. Here are some points on the astrological significance of Sawan Somwar:

  • The month of Sawan connects with the zodiac sign of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. The Moon has a strong influence on our emotions and connects with the mother figure, nourishment, and comfort.
  • As per astrology, the month of Sawan is highly auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the ruler of the planet Saturn (Shani) and connects with discipline, detachment, and self-realization. Worshipping Lord Shiva during Sawan brings good fortune and spiritual growth.
  • During the Sawan Somwar, people offer various items like milk, bael leaves, honey, and flowers to Lord Shiva. These offerings are highly auspicious and bring blessings and protection from negative energies.
  • As per astrological beliefs, the Mondays of Sawan (Sawan Somwar) are highly auspicious for performing various spiritual practices like meditation, chanting, and performing puja rituals. These practices help in aligning the energies within and around us, leading to inner peace and harmony.
  • The planetary positions during Sawan have a significant impact on our lives. During this period, the Sun is in the zodiac sign of Cancer, and Mercury is in the sign of Gemini. These positions bring a powerful energy of self-expression, communication, and emotional healing. Additionally, the month of Sawan is also highly auspicious for marriages, partnerships, and new beginnings.
  • For people belonging to different zodiac signs, Sawan Somwar is believed to bring different energies and opportunities. People with the Leo sign, you shall bring good opportunities for career growth and success.

Sawan Somwar

Sawan will be 59 days long this year, with eight Sawan Mondays or Somwar instead of the customary four.

Sawan Somvar Vrat, also known as Shravan Somvar Vrat, is a fasting ritual observed on Mondays in the Hindu month of Shravan (usually falling between July and August). This vrat (fasting) is primarily dedicated to Lord Shiva and is believed to bring blessings, good fortune, and fulfillment of wishes.

Here’s a general outline of how the Sawan Somvar Vrat is observed:

Fasting: Devotees fast throughout the day, abstaining from food and sometimes even water. Some people observe a partial fast by consuming specific fruits, milk, or light vegetarian meals.

Worship: Visit a Shiva temple or create a sacred space at home to perform prayers and rituals. Offer prayers to Lord Shiva, chant his mantras or hymns, and recite prayers dedicated to him. Some common mantras associated with Lord Shiva include the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra and the Om Namah Shivaya mantra.

Abhishekam: Perform the ritual of abhishekam, which involves bathing the Shiva lingam (a symbolic representation of Lord Shiva) with water, milk, honey, and other sacred substances. Devotees also offer Bilva leaves, flowers, fruits, and other traditional items during this ritual.

Puja and Aarti: Conduct a puja (worship) ceremony, which involves lighting incense, offering flowers, lighting a diya (lamp), and presenting prasad (sacred food offering) to Lord Shiva. Sing or recite devotional songs and perform aarti (circulating a lit lamp) to conclude the worship.

Vrat Katha (Fasting Story): Listen to or read the fasting story associated with Sawan Somvar Vrat. These stories usually revolve around the significance of fasting during Shravan and the blessings received by devotees.

Personal Reflection and Meditation: Utilize the day to reflect on your spiritual journey, practice meditation, and connect with the divine. Seek blessings and pray for your wishes, well-being, and spiritual growth.

It’s important to note that customs and rituals may vary across different regions and personal preferences. Therefore, it’s advisable to follow the traditions and practices prevalent in your family or consult a knowledgeable priest for guidance.

How to do or observe Shravan Somvar Vrat?

Monday Puja and Fasting Procedure in Sawan Month

Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping during normal days. Millions of devout Hindus observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month. Here is a brief procedure to observe Shravan Somvar Vrat

  • After the morning bath and other purification rituals.
  • Lord Ganesha is first prayed to.
  • Next, Lord Shiva is prayed to by chanting Om Namah Shivaya.
  • The offerings that are made are Bilva leaves, white flowers, water, honey and milk.
  • If you have Shivling at home you can do abhishek with water, honey or milk.
  • Fasting on the day is from sunrise to sunset.
  • You can chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra or Om Namah Shivaya on the day.
  • Those who observe fast on Mondays in some regions wear only white clothes.
  • Those observing partial fast eat fruits.
  • Some devotees read the Shiva Purana on the day.
  • Those people who live along the banks of Ganga use water from Ganga to perform abhishek on the Shivling.
  • The fast is broken in the evening after praying to Lord Shiva. Some devotees visit a Shiva Shrine during the period. Some devotees opt for a 24-hour fast and they break the fast on the next day morning.

Buy and Keeping Things at home on Shravan Somvar

  • Bhasma in the Puja area
  • Rudraksha in the Puja area
  • Keep Gangajal (water from Ganga in Kitchen)
  • Sculpture of silver snake (Nag and Nagin) should be kept at home is auspicious.
  • Buying trishul made of silver or bronze and keeping it in home is meritorious. 
  • Keeping Damaru in the room in which children sleep will help in keeping out negative forces.

It must be noted that Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva and there are devout Hindus who observe vrat on all Mondays in a year.

Benefits of Shravan Somvar Vrat

  • Married women observe the fast for a happy and long married life. 
  • Unmarried women observe it for getting good husbands. 
  • Men observe it for a happy and peaceful life. 
  • It is believed that those who observe Somvar vrat will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom.

Greatness of Shravan Somvar

The greatness of Shravan Somwar is because it is believed that the Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) took place in this month and Mahadev Shiva drank the poison Hala Hala to save the world during this period.


Shravan Somvar Vrat Date & Mahurat

The upcoming schedule for Shravan Somvar Vrat is

About Shravan Somwar Vrat

In the month of Shravan (July – August), Mondays are considered highly prosperous for offering prayers to Lord Shiva. It is said that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping him during normal days. Millions of devotees observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.

Legend of Shravan Somwar :

Shravan Maas is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped with full dedication and commitment. Devotees observe fast on this day to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The legend of Shravan Somwar is associated with Lord Shiva when Samudra Manthan took place i.e, churning of ocean. While churning the ocean, the Halahal called as poison came out which was consumed by Lord Shiva. He stored the poison in the throat due to which his throat turned into blue. Since then, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkantha. To diminish the poison’s impact, Lord Shiva wore crescent moon on his heas. To weaken the effect of poison the Gods and people started offering the water to Lord Shiva from the Holy Ganges to Lord Shiva.

On this festival, perform Lord Shiva Puja
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Shravam Maas Puja :

Shravan is believed as the most sanctified month of the year. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calender known as sawan and also known as the first month of Chatur Mas – the four holiest months in Hindu Hindi Calendar. On Purnima day the nakshatra ‘Shravan’ rules the sky, hence the month is said as Shravan.

Rituals and Customs of Shravan Maas Puja :
  • Perform Abhishek :
    1) Doodhabishek i.e. offering milk to Lord Shiva,
    2) Devotees should offer honey, ghee and sugarcane to attain wealth,
    3) Perform abhishek with milk, water, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, Ganga Water etc
  • Offering Belpatra :
    1) Offering belpatra to Lord Shiva provides relief from diseases,
    2) Offer Darbh (a king of grass) to attain relief from disease,
    3) Offering 100 neelkamal to Lord Shiva
  • Offering Datura :
    Offering datura, Bhaang anf Shriphal are considered favourable
  • Ganga Jal :
    Offer Ganga Jal to Shivlinga. Ganga Jal purifies the soul and provides soul relief from the bad deeds done. Ganga jal offering helps the devotees to attain Mokasha
  • Chant Shiva Mantra :
    Chanting “Om Namah Shivay, Mahamritunjay mantra and reciting strotas helps a person to lead a peaceful life
Benefits of Shravan Maas Puja :
  • To reduce the malefic effect of afflicted moon
  • To eliminate the malefic effect of Shravan Nakshatra
  • To make it powerful and beneficial
  • To attain a healthy mind and good spirit in the life
  • People born under Shravan Nakshatra get immense benefit.
Significance of Shravan Maas :
  • Monday: Day of Lord Shiva
  • Tuesday: Day of Gauri
  • Wednesday: Day of Vishnu or Krishna
  • Thursday: Day of Buddh and Guru
  • Friday: Day of Laxmi and Tulsi.
  • Saturday: Day of Lord Shani.
  • Sunday: Day of God Sun.

 Shravan Somvar Vrat

Sawan (सावन), Shrawan Month is the holy month dedicated to Lord Shiva. It’s the time when we gear up to please Lord Shiva to seek Lord’s blessing. This month coincides with July and August when the monsoon is at its peak.

It is a belief that worshipping Lord Shiva in Shravan month is very powerful and the Mondays of this month are called ‘Shravan Somvar’. Hindus fast on these Somwar for success, marriage, and prosperity in their life. It is believed that Lord Shiva grants a boon to devotees when worshipped in this month and evades their bad luck and evil/negative energy affecting them.

The festival of Kanwar Yatra runs during the monsoon month Sawan (July – August). When Millions of Devotees participate in the festival of gathering water from the river Ganga and carry it across hundreds of miles to seek Lord Shiva’s blessing. On Sawan Shivratri devotees bathing Lord Shiva with the holy water of the river Ganga.

The Sawan month sets on Full moon day (Purnima) which is the beginning of the Sun’s transition into the Leo zodiac. The Northern States celebrate it fifteen days before then the Southern States, as Lunar Calendar is followed in Southern states while Purnimant Calendar is followed in Northern states.


Shravan Somwar Vrat Dates

In northern states, i.e. Rajasthan, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar the first Day of Sawan Month in  is July 4th (Tuesday) and the first Somvar Vrat is on July 10th (Monday) which ends on August 31st (Thursday).

In Southern states, i.e. Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh the first Day of Sawan Month in  is July 18th (Tuesday) and First Somvar Vrat is on July 24th (Monday) which ends on September 15 (Friday).


Sawan sometimes referred to as Shravan month, is regarded by Hindus as an auspicious season when they worship Lord Shiva/Mahadev. Every Monday during this month, worshippers observe Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar, a fast. They also seek Lord Shiva idols blessings. For sixteen Mondays starting with the first Somwar of the Sawan month, many worshipers observe a fast known as Solah Somwar. Lord and Goddess Parvati are worshiped in this month of Shravan. While Bholenath is honored on Mondays, Goddess Parvati is honored every Tuesday in Sawan month, or Mangalwar. Tuesday fasting is called Mangal Gauri Vrat in accord with Drik Panchang during Sawan month. Other auspicious days in Shravan month are Sawan Shivaratri and Hariyali Amavasya. Shravan is known for its festivals and other special events. Given that the majority of this month’s days are favorable for fresh starts, now is the ideal time to hold all of the auspicious events.

What is the meaning of Shravan?

The well-known question is, “Why is this month called Shravan?” And here’s the answer. There is, however, a mythical concept underlying it. The Shravan Nakshatra governs the sky on Poornima, a full moon day, or at any moment throughout this month, hence it is called Shravan month.

When is Shravan starting and ending in different states?

Sawan starting date is different in the different calendars as per the region. In the Hindu calendar, Sravana is the fourth month. Sravana is the fifth month of the Hindu year, beginning in late July on the first day of the full moon and ending in the third week of August on the first day of the following full moon. It is the fifth month of the solar year which is known as Avani in Tamil. Sravana is the fourth month of the year and begins on the new moon in lunar religious calendars. Srabon is the Bengali calendar’s fourth month. On top of that, it is the fourth month in the Nepali calendar. This month also marks the beginning of the Varsha (rainy) season.

When Shravan month start in ?

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

  • Shravana will begin on July 14, .
  • The first Shravan Somwar Vrat is on July 18, ,
  • While the second is on July 25, .
  • The third Shravan Somwar Vrat will take place on August 1, .
  • The fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat will take place on August 8, .
  • Shravana’s end date is August 12, .

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

  • Shravana will begin on July 25, .
  • The first Shravan Somwar Vrat is on August 1, ,
  • While the second is on August 8, .
  • The third Shravan Somwar Vrat is on August 15, .
  • The fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat is on August 22, .
  • Shravana’s end date is August 27, .

What is the story of Shravan Month? And Why Shravan month is celebrated?

  • According to traditional Hindu mythology, the Gods and the demons worked together to churn the sea during the Samudra Manthan. Ancient myths claim that the Gods and Demons resolved to stir the seas during the sacred Shravan maas to determine which of them was the stronger. To appease Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, this was. And also so she might reward them with ocean nectar. It had been decided that the gods and demons would divide the nectar evenly. The Manthan was performed by Snake Vasuki, who is shown on Lord Shiva’s neck, and Sumeru Parvat.

    The Sagar Manthan, which took place in the month of Shravan Mahina, is thought to have taken place in search of the deifying nectar (the Amrit). 14 distinct Gems (Ratna) emerged from the water during the churning. The Devas and Asuras got equal shares of the thirteen stones. However, Halahal, which came after the 13 Ratnas, was not desired by anybody because it was the most poisoned dagger that could wipe out the entire universe as well as every living thing. Lord Shiva drank Halahal, allowing the poison to remain in his throat. His neck became blue as a result of the poison, and he became known as Neelkanth.

    The poison had such a severe impact on Lord Shiva that he wore a crescent moon on his head, and all the gods began pouring water from the holy Ganges over him to counter the effects of the poison.
  • According to mythology, Devi Sati took her life after learning that her father had offended Bhagwan Shiv (her husband) by not inviting him to an important Yagna attended by all Devtas. Devi Sati was reborn as Devi Parvati at Maharaj Himavan’s house (Himalaya).

    To appease Bhagwan Shiv because she wanted to wed him, Devi Parvati performed Tapasya throughout the Shravan month. Her Tapasya delighted Bhagwan Shiv, who decided to marry her.
  • Another tradition holds that on Devshayani Ekadashi, only four days before Shravan’s month begins, Bhagwan Vishnu, regarded as the preserver of the universe, falls into a long sleep for four months.

Bhagwan Shiva, also known as the destroyer, takes command and keeps the universe in balance.
Many people use this month to worship their lord. By following fasts and praying to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, devotees mark the Sawan or Shravan month to pray to the Lord, who protects his followers from all harms and blesses them with good health, peaceful and great life. Many people simply start on a search to dissolve in order to leave behind all of their small concerns and embrace the divine. That is the true celebration—the ultimate understanding of life and everything else.

What is the importance of Shravan month?

In Sawan month, the Kanwar yatra takes place, during which followers of Lord Shiva transport holy and precious Ganga water for gaumukh to Haridwar and other locations where Maa Ganga passes. To bring the sacred Ganga water, Kanwariya worshippers go long distances on foot. Devotees chant har har Mahadev in their way. In Goa, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, the Hindu population observes Shraavana by observing a vegetarian diet. This is because it is hard to get seafood during the monsoon season; it is believed that most fish breed during this time, therefore avoiding fishing in Shraavana will result in more fish across the year. Unmarried ladies observe a fast throughout the month of Shravan in an effort to meet someone like Bhagwan Shiv. This month is believed to be extremely auspicious for worshiping and offering sacred Ganges water to Lord Shiva.

This entire month is blessed for Lord Shiva’s devotion. The entire universe is supercharged with Shiva energy during this month, which is used in Lord Shiva rituals to purify the body, the intellect, the senses, and the soul.

What to do in Shravan month?

The focus of this month is living a sattvic lifestyle, which involves fasting from everything tamasic in nature, including food and drink. During the fast, it is acceptable to consume fruits, meals cooked with sabudana and rock salt, milk, and milk items like curd and buttermilk. According to science, this month is full of insects, worms, germs, and viruses. As a result, one should adopt self-care techniques to avoid diseases and strengthen their immune system.
Sawan Month Fasts
In the month of Sawan, people can take in five different forms of Vrats (fasts) such as Shravan somwar vrat, Pradosh vrat, etc. They are as follows:

  • Sawan Somwar Vrat – Lord Shiva is worshiped on the first day of the week (Monday). On every Monday that falls during the month of Sawan, people observe this fast. Sawan has four Mondays.
  • Solah Somwar Vrat – This fast is followed for 16 Mondays in a row. The first Monday of Shravan month marks the start of the Solah Somwar Vrat. This is done mainly by single women who are looking for a good spouse.
  • Pradosh Vrat- This combines the three historical periods that are most closely associated with Lord Shiva. These are Pradosh, Sawan, and Monday. So, during the month of Shravan, on all Mondays, and on the 13th day of the Hindu month, individuals observe this fast (Trayodashi).
  • Mangala Gauri Vrat – Mangal Gauri Vrat is fasting on Tuesdays during Shravan month. This ritual is done in order to ensure a good marriage and a long life for the partner.
  • Shani Vrat – Fasting on Saturdays this month removes all malefic from Shani and grants him goodwill.

Although there is a particular religious devotion for a specific god or goddess on each day during Sawan Mass:

  1. Monday is devoted to Lord Shiva.
  2. Tuesday is devoted to the Goddess Gauri.
  3. Wednesday is devoted to Lord Vithala, a form of Lord Vishnu.
  4. Thursday is dedicated to Lord Budh and Guru.
  5. Friday is devoted to the Goddesses Lakshmi and Tulsi.
  6. Saturday is Shani Dev’s (Saturn) birthday.
  7. Sunday is dedicated to Surya Dev (the Sun God).

How to do Shravan somvar vrat puja ritual?

  • At Brahma muhurta, get up (two hours before sunrise)
  • Put on clean clothing after taking a bath.
  • Cleanse your wooden home temple or altar with Gangajal and purify it with the sacred waters. Then complete all of the Shodashopachara puja preparations.
  • Spread uncooked rice or a few Bel Patra on the wooden deck or altar as an asana. Then, reverently set the Lord Shiva statue or Shiva Linga on it.
  • Pour water at the feet of the Lord.
  • Offer the Lord water to wash his hands and face.
  • After offering water to God, drink it from your hand.
  • Take water to the Lord to bathe in. For the Abhishek, one can use water, milk, Gangajal, honey, curd, ghee, and so on.
  • Offer the god a clean piece of cloth.
  • Offer the cherished Janeyu and Akshat to the Lord.
  • Give Chandan paste.
  • Offer Datura flowers, white crown flowers, Vilva leaves, and so on.
  • Offer incense sticks and dhoop
  • Offer sesame oil, mustard oil, or a ghee light.
  • Provide bhog, sattvic food.
  • Perform the aarti, you can buy beautiful Decorative Pooja Thali from eCraftIndia.
  • Get to your feet and move around to the right.
  • Make an offering of flowers and perform pranam

What to eat in Shravan Monday fast? And what not to eat?

– Fasting worshippers eat fruits, and sweets prepared with milk or mawa, and drink milk and water. It is permitted for devotees to consume sendha namak once a day. However, they must rigorously avoid grains.
– People eat fruits including mango, bananas, papayas, grapes, etc. During the fast, they can also consume roasted peanuts, makhana, curd, and amaranth seeds.
– Devotees should stay away from alcohol, and non-vegetarian food for the full month.
– All grains, including rice and lentils, should be avoided as basic Shravan fasting rules. Similarly, several vegetables, such as onion, garlic, and radish, should be avoided due to their tamasic tendency.
– Traditional Indian spices such as red chile, methi, turmeric, and any other seeds must be avoided. Even jaggery should be avoided.

This month, which marks the start of the Chaturmas season, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The universe is supposedly under Lord Shiva’s care for four months while Lord Vishnu is absent. Thus, on Mondays (Somwar), known as Shravani somwar, and Tuesdays (Mangalwar), worshippers observe fasts as a tribute to Mahadev and his spouse, Devi Parvati, respectively. Despite being contemporary, this Shravan month decorating idea for your home creates a festive atmosphere. Just a Shiva wall paintings and a rangoli with a Maha Shivaratri theme would do.
You may adorn the chamber with lighting, fresh flowers, and incense sticks after buying a Shiva idol from eCraftIndia. For a relaxing festive atmosphere in your modern house decor, add some flower garlands and fairy lights everywhere around your home. You can gift a Lord shiva paintings to your loved ones as the most sacred gift that will surely be going to make them happy.

Sawan Somwar Vrat: Here’s Why Mondays Are Important For Lord Shiva Worshippers

Sawan Somwar Vrat: For devotees, it’s not just about observing fasts but also visiting temples and immersing themselves in the worship of Lord Shiva.

The month of Sawan or Shravan, which comes after Aashad as per the Hindu calendar, is currently underway. During this month, the worshippers of Lord Shiva seek blessings by observing fasts, offering prayers, and paying visits to temples. While the entire month is special for devotees of Lord Shiva, the Mondays are particularly significant. They observe the Somwar vrat on all four Mondays of Sawan. The third Somwar vrat of this year’s Sawan is today (August 9). The worshippers of Lord Shiva pray and believe that the more devoted and dedicated they are, the more prosperity and happiness will come their way.

Third Somwar vrat

The four Mondays are of special importance for devotees and August 9 is when the third Somwar vrat will be observed. For devotees, it’s not just about observing fasts but also visiting temples and immersing themselves in the worship of Lord Shiva while following certain dos and don’ts. While the first Somwar vrat of Shravan fell on July 26, the fourth will be observed on August 16.

Auspicious and inauspicious muhurta

For worshippers, muhurta is another significant part of their faith. This year, according to Panchang, the auspicious occasion — Abhijit Muhurta — is predicted to be between 11.59 am and 12.53 pm, while the inauspicious occasion — Rahu Kaal — falls between 07:26 am and 09:53 am.

Significance of the month and Somwar vrat

During the month, the worshippers wake up early in the morning, take a bath, visit a temple and offer prayers. While most of the devotees observe fast on Mondays, many do it the entire month, for they see it as an integral part of their faith and devotion to God.

Prayers and mantras

The devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast, eat only fruits, and drink water. They are, at the same time, are expected not to consume alcohol. Non-veg, as well as food items containing ginger and garlic, are also avoided.

All over the country, they visit temples and chant mantras, including “Om Namah Shivaya“. Besides, as part of the ritual, they offer a mixture of milk, yogurt, gheegangajal, and honey called Panchamrut, along with bilva leaves to Lord Shiva. Every Monday, Shravan Somwar Vrata Katha is also recited.

Shravan – Sawan – Somvar Vrat Katha

Shravan is popularly known as Sawan it is in the fifth month according to the Hindu calendar beginning from Chaitra. This month is considered the holiest month of the year. Every Monday of this month is known as Shravan Somvar and it is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra hangs over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night. Devotees pile the linga with Bel leaves and flowers and also fast till sunset. All Mondays devote worship Shiva, as this day is sacred to Lord Shiva and no other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured. In Shravan month, offering milk to Lord Shiva earns a lot of Punya.


  • Spiritual upliftment
  • To get health, wealth and prosperity
  • To get divine grace and blessings of Lord Shiva
  • For Removal of malefic effects of various Planets
  • To get success in career, job, business and relationships
  • To get relief and protection against various diseases and ailments

Puja Service includes Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana (Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), Shiv Mantra Japa 5100 times, Shiva Abhishek, Somwaar Vrat Katha on each Monday, Aarti, Pushpanjali, 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 chants of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash,  Prasad.

Shravan Somvar Vrat Katha and Importance

In the month of Shravan, Shiva devotees worship Shiva according to their devotion. The significance of worshiping Shiva in the month of Sawan has been told in Rigveda. The atmosphere around is full of devotion to Mahadev. There is an influx of Shiva devotees in Shiva temples. Devotees bring water from faraway places and perform Jalabhishek of God with that water.

This month of Shravan is considered a symbol of devotion and faith in Shiva. In the year , the month of Shravana will start on the 10th of July. There are certain dates for the beginning of the journey of Kanwar to bring water. It is auspicious to visit Kanwar on these dates only. Fasting and worshiping Lord Shiva on Mondays coming in the month of Shravan is especially fruitful.

Shravan Somvar Puja Vidhi

This fast starts in the early morning on Monday. After waking up in the morning, taking a bath, and cleaning the house, the house should be purified by sprinkling Ganges water or pure water all over the house. After this, an idol or picture of Lord Shiva should be installed in the northeast direction of the house. After the installation of the idol, a vow should be taken for the month of Sawan. In the month of Shravan, not only Lord Shri Shankar is worshipped, but Lord Shiva should be worshiped along with the family.

In Monday’s fast, along with Lord Shiva, Shri Ganesh ji, Goddess Parvati and Nandi Dev, and Nagdev Mooshak Raj, all should be worshipped. Water, milk, curd, sugar, ghee, honey, Panchamrit, moli, cloth, sandalwood, roli, rice, flowers, betel-leaf, cannabis, aak-datura, lotus, bundle, prasad, betel nut, cloves, cardamom, dry fruits, Dakshina are offered. Aarti should be performed with camphor by lighting incense lamps on this day.

Food should be taken once after worship. By fasting during Shravan, a person gets freedom from sorrows and attains happiness. Sawan Somvar Vrat is observed starting from sunrise till sunset. On the day of fasting, the Monday fasting story should be heard. And the fasting person should eat once a day after sunset.

Shravan Somvar Importance

Shravan month is very dear to Lord Shiva. In this month, by worshiping Lord Shri Shiva every Monday, a person gets all the happiness. According to a famous mythological belief about the month of Shravan, all the wishes of the person who fasts on Mondays of the month of Shravan are fulfilled. The charity and worship done on these days give fruits like the darshan of all Jyotirlingas. This fast can be observed for many purposes.

For the long life of married life and for the happiness and prosperity of children or to get the desired groom. Shravan Somvar Vrat is supposed to give overall growth, attainment of Lakshmi, and happiness and respect. In these days, when Lord Shiva is worshiped with Bilvapatra, the Lord fulfills the wishes of his devotees quickly. Lord Shiva is believed to reside in the root of the Bilva, therefore, worshiping this person gets result in taking a bath in all the holy places.

Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha

There was a Sahukar who was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva. He had no shortage of money grains or anything. But he had no child and with this wish, he used to go to Lord Shiva’s temple every day and light a lamp. Seeing this devotion of his, one day Mother Parvati said to Shivji Lord, this Sahukar is your only devotee. If he is troubled by something, then you must remove it. Shivji said that O Parvati, this Sahukar does not have a son. He remains unhappy because of this.

Mother Parvati says O God, please give him the boon of a son. Then Bholenath said that O Parvati, there is no chance of a son in the fortune of a Sahukar. In such a situation, even if he gets the boon of having a son, he will live only till the age of 12 years. Even after hearing this, Mother Parvati said O Lord, you have to give the boon of a son to this Sahukar, otherwise why would the devotees worship you? Bholenath gave the boon of a son to the Sahukar on the mother’s repeated request. But also said that he would live only for 12 years.

The Sahukar was listening to all these things, so he was neither happy nor sad. He continued worshiping Bholenath as before. On the other hand, Sethani became pregnant and in the ninth month, she was blessed with a beautiful child. There was much rejoicing in the family but the Sahukar remained as before and did not mention the child’s age of 12 years to anyone.

When the boy turned 11 years old, one day Sahukar’s sister-in-law asked for the boy’s marriage. So the Sahukar said that he would now send the child to Kashiji to study. After this, he called the child’s maternal uncle and told him to take him to Kashi to study and at whatever place he stops on the way, perform yagya and feed the brahmins. They were also going in the same way that there was a marriage of a princess on the way. The one she was to marry was blind with one eye. So when his father saw the very handsome Sahukar son, he thought why not make him sit on a mare and get all the marriage functions done? So he talked to his maternal uncle and said that if he would give immense money in return, he also agreed.

After this, the Sahukar son sat on the marriage altar and when the marriage ceremony was over, before leaving, he wrote on the edge of the princess’s Chundri you were married to me, but the prince you will send with is an eyesore. After this, he left for Kashi with his maternal uncle. On the other hand, when the prince found this written on his Chunari, he refused to go with the prince. So even the king did not see off his daughter with the procession. The procession returned. On the other side, the maternal uncle and nephew had reached Kashiji.

One day when the maternal uncle had organized a yagya and the nephew did not come out for a long time, the maternal uncle went inside and saw that the nephew had died. He was very upset but thought that if he started crying now, the Brahmins would go away and the work of Yagya would remain incomplete. When the yagya was over, the maternal uncle started crying. At the same time Shiva-Parvati were going from there, then Mother Parvati asked Shivji, O Lord, who is crying? Only then do they come to know that he is the son of a Sahukar born with the blessings of Bholenath.

Then Mother Parvati says O Lord, make him alive, otherwise, his parents will die while crying. Then Bholenath said that O Parvati, his age was only this much, so he has already suffered. But on the repeated requests of the mother, Bholenath brought her back to life. The boy woke up while chanting Om Namah Shivay and the maternal uncle and nephew both thanked God and returned to their city. The same city lay on the way and the princess recognized them, then the king sent the princess along with the Sahukar son with a lot of money and grains.

On the other side, Sahukar and his wife were sitting on the terrace. He had taken a vow that if his son did not return safely, he would jump off the roof and sacrifice his life. Then the maternal uncle of the boy came and told the news of the Sahukar son and daughter-in-law coming, but when they did not agree, the maternal uncle swore, then both of them got faith and both welcomed their son-daughter-in-law. The same night Lord Shiva appeared to the Sahukar in a dream and said I am pleased with your worship. Similarly, whoever reads or listens to this story, all his sorrows will go away and all his wishes will be fulfilled.

All You Need to Know About Somvar Vrat, It’s Significance, Benefits, Vrat Katha and Worship Method

Somvar or Monday is a day dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva, the supreme creator of the Universe. Millions of devotees worship Lord Shiva and flock to the Shiva temples on this day to express their devotion and gratitude to Mahadev. Most of the devotees also keep a partial or complete fast on this day to receive the divine blessings of Lord Shiva. Somvar Vrat is one of the popular and beneficial fasts in Hinduism. The majority of the devotees observe this vrat by sustaining on water only throughout the day. Some others prefer to have a one-time meal in the afternoon after completing the puja. Such devotees can consume milk, fruits, curd, sabudana (Tapioca), curd etc.

Significance of Observing Somvar Fast

Devotees who are facing delays in marriage or issues in their existing marriage should definitely try observing the Monday fast. This vrat helps to bring peace, harmony and bliss to marital life. Fasting on Monday is also helpful for fulfilling the wish of getting a desired life partner. As per the Shiva Purana, observing the Somvar Vrat brings good health, wealth, prosperity, peace of mind and success in job or business. Devotees who offer datura fruit and flowers to the Shivling and chant the divine Shiva mantras every Monday are believed to be blessed with progeny.

Marriages are also delayed due to Manglik Dosha, Perform Manglik Dosh Puja to remove it.

Solah Somvar Vrat

A number of legends and ancient scriptures advocate that observing the ‘Solah Somvar Vrat’, i.e. fasting consecutively for 16 Mondays can bring miraculous positive changes in the lives of the devotees. This Vrat has great significance in Hinduism and is not restricted to any age or gender. It can be observed by both males and females, irrespective of their age. In India, this Vrat is generally observed by people facing trouble in their married lives or by mothers for their children. As per the Lunar Calendar, devotees can start this Vrat on the first Monday of Sawan, Vaishakha, Jyeshtha, Chaitra, Kartika or Margashirsha months and continue the fast for the next 16 Mondays. The devotees should take a vow of observing this fast for 16 Mondays consecutively with full dedication, devotion and faith towards the Lord. It’s considered inauspicious to carelessly give up on the fast in between. 

Early Morning Ritual for 16 Somvar Vrat

On the day of the fast, the devotees should wake up early in the morning and take a holy bath by adding black sesame seeds to the water. The devotees should also purify the atmosphere and all corners of their house by sprinkling Gangajal all over.

Somvar Vrat Puja Vidhi

  • On Vrat day, wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear fresh clothes.
  • Clean the puja place and decorate it with flowers and lights. Keep the necessary puja materials such as oil lamps, instance sticks, cow ghee, fruits, sweets, vermilion, sandalwood paste, etc.
  • Install the idol of Lord Shiva or a Shivling on the podium. Start the puja by offering Gangajal to the Lord and then do the Panchamrit Abhishek of the Shivling or the idol of Lord Shiva.
  • Apply sandalwood paste on the idol of the Lord and offer bilva leaves, bhog, white flowers, datura flower and rice.
  • Then read the Somvar Vrat Katha with utmost devotion and a pure heart.
  • Again, perform the Aarti of Lord Shiva in the evening by lighting a ghee lamp. Offer water and flowers to the Shivling and the Moon.
  • It’s considered auspicious to visit a Shiva temple on the Somvar Vrat day during the morning Puja or evening Aarti.

Important Mantras to Chant During Somvar Fast

1. Panchakshari Mantra

Om Namah Shivaya

  • Rudra Mantra

Om Namo Bhagavate Rudraya.

  • Shiva Gayatri Mantra

Om Tat Purushaya Vidmahe, Mahadevaya Dhimahi,Tanno Rudra Prachodayat.

  • Mahamrityunjaya Mantra

Om Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim pustivardham,

Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey mamritaat.

  • Mantra for Aarti

Karpur Gauram Karunavataram, Sansara Saram Bhujagendra Haram

Sada Vasantam Hridayaaravinde, Bhavam Bhavani Sahitam Namami.

Somvar Vrat Katha

As per the Shiva Purana, the Solah Somvar Vrat is extremely beneficial. The story goes as follows. Once, Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati decided to visit the very popular city Amravati. While travelling, they came across a beautiful Shiva Temple and thought to spend some time there. After some time, Maa Parvati saw Lord Shiva in a very cheerful mood as they began playing a dice game. The priest of the temple had also arrived by then.

With utmost excitement, Maa Parvati asked the priest to foretell who will win the dice game. The priest wasn’t prepared to answer the question and took Lord Shiva’s name in a hurry. However, Maa Parvati won the game. Then she got angry with the priest due to his lack of insight and wrong answer. She cursed him to become a leper. Within a few days, the priest became a leper, suffered a lot and led a painful life. Some years down the lane, a few fairies arrived at the temple and got to know about the plight of the priest. One of the fairies suggested the priest observe the Solah Somvar Vrat without taking a break. She also asked the priest to prepare a prasad by mixing flour, ghee and jaggery on the 17th Monday, consume it himself and distribute it among other devotees and family members. 

She advised the priest that if he would be able to observe this Somvar Vrat with full dedication without fail, then he would be free from this pain and leprosy. Then the fairies disappeared suddenly and the priest decided to follow their instructions. The priest was able to complete the fast and gained back his normal health soon. When Maa Parvati visited the temple again, she was surprised to see the priest in normal condition. When she enquired about the same, the priest narrated to her the entire story of the fairies. Goddess Parvati was very happy to know the secret powers and benefits of the Solah Somvar Vrat and decided to observe it. Interestingly, she was born with her beloved son Kartikeya on the seventeenth Monday.


Significance of Sawan Somwar Vrat

About Sawan Somwar Vrat

The month of Shravan presents a unique opportunity to connect with divine forces that rule our fate. It is a highly auspicious period to connect with the deities by offering worship and obeisance. This month is also ideal for worshiping Lord Shiva and brings in highly favorable results from the deity. The month of Shravan is the fifth month according to the Hindu calendar and falls in July-August according to the Gregorian calendar. Since the ruling deity of this month is Lord Shiva, fasting on Mondays (Shravan Somvar) is considered highly rewarding. The ritual of fasting is observed with great dedication by devotees, especially women, for the well-being of their spouse and household. Many unmarried women also observe the Somvar Vrat in the month of Shravan to be blessed with a good husband and a happy married life.

Significance of Sawan Somwar Vrat

Observing the Sawan Somvar fasting ritual is believed to be highly rewarding for women, especially unmarried girls. The belief is that by observing the Somvar Vrat with deep dedication, a girl can get married to a person of her choice. This ritual is considered highly significant because it is believed to fulfill the desires of a person and make all their dreams materialize. Therefore, by observing the Sawan Somvar fast and offering prayers to Lord Shiva, one can reach out to the Lord and achieve the desired results.

Legend of Shravan Somvar Vrat The Puranas state that the Samudra Manthan (churning of the cosmic ocean) by the Gods and the Demons occurred in the month of Shravan. This process saw the emergence of fourteen divine things from the ocean. It also threw up a deadly poison known as Halahala. In order to save the cosmos from destruction, Lord Shiva swallowed the poison, the effect of which was so deadly, that it turned his throat blue. Hence, he came to be known as ‘Neelakanta’ (one who has blue throat). This incident led to the practice of observing Sawan Somvar Vrat in the month of Shravan as a mark of reverence to the deity, Lord Shiva. Celebrations and Rituals observed during Sawan Somvar Vrat Sawan Somvar Vrat is the fast observed on Mondays, in the month of Shravan. This ritual entails the observance of sixteen fasts on consecutive Mondays commencing in the month of Shravan. The fast is observed for the duration of the day and lasts till the evening. Those who observe the Sawan Somvar Vrat, wake up early in the morning and first have a purifying bath. Visiting Shiva temples and offering milk to the Shiva Lingam is also an important ritual on the day of the fast. Those who wish to perform the ritual at home start by first cleaning the worship altar, where they place the deity with due reverence. A Sankalp (oath) is taken to observe the ‘Vrat’ with full dedication and veneration for the deity. The Shiva Puja is performed once in the morning and then again in the evening after Sunset. Reciting the ’Solah Somvar Vrat Katha’ or ’Sawan Vrat Katha’ on the day of the fast is very important since it portrays the life of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is also vital to perform the Puja and Katha in the evening only after cleansing oneself thoroughly. After completion of the Puja, holy ‘Prasad’ is distributed among friends and family members.

Benefits Of Sawan Somvar Vrat: Why Is It So Important?

 Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar which is observed by Shiva devotees. A whole month of fasting and offering prayers, Shravan is considered highly auspicious. Shravan is followed by two calendars, one that is followed by people in North India also known as Purnima calendar and people down South follow the Amavasyant calendar. This is why Shravan celebrations vary in India.

The most important part about Shravan is fasting Mondays. Monday fasting is purely dedicated to Shiva. The story attached to this is that following the Samudra Manthan several valuable gemstones emerged out of the sea. What also emerged was poison, which Shiva swallowed. To protect her husband, Parvati, his consort immediately held his neck to prevent the poison from entering his body. This resulted in Shiva’s throat turning blue (with the poison) and earning him the moniker, Neelkanth (The One with the Blue Throat). Devotees dedicate an entire month to Shiva and these fasts are observed strictly.

As per beliefs, there are many benefits of fasting on Shravan Mondays. People who are said to be facing problems in their marital life or those who are facing marriage delays can observe fasts on Mondays. This fast is observed by women largely to get a good husband. It is believed that reciting the Solah Somvar Vrath, which means the 16 Fasting Mondays, makes Shiva happy and he blesses his devotees with prosperity and happiness. And if these beliefs are anything to go by, it is also said that Parvati observed the Solah Somwar Vrath to get married to Shiva. During this fasting period, one needs to stay away from any kind of negative energies and only do good deeds. The Hindu culture has many beliefs like these and it is a divine feeling to watch devotees from all over observe these rituals religiously.


5 Rules To Follow If You Are Fasting

Sawan Somwar, also known as the month of Shravan, holds significant religious importance for devotees of Lord Shiva in Hinduism. During this auspicious month, many people choose to observe fasts on Mondays, known as Sawan Somwar, to seek blessings, show devotion, and strengthen their spiritual connection. These fasts are believed to bring peace, prosperity, and fulfilment of desires. 

Sawan Somwar Fasting Rules 

While there are variations in fasting practices across different regions, here are some commonly followed Sawan Somwar fasting rules:

1. No consumption of grains and non-vegetarian food

Fasting during Sawan Somwar involves abstaining from consuming grains, including wheat, rice, and lentils, as well as non-vegetarian food. Devotees focus on a sattvic (pure) diet, which mainly comprises fruits, milk, yoghurt, nuts, and certain permitted vegetables.

2. Restricted meal timings

The fast usually begins at sunrise and concludes after sunset. Devotees often consume a single meal during the day, known as “Phalahar,” which is a light, vegetarian meal. It primarily consists of fruits, dry fruits, milk-based drinks, and certain permissible foods.

3. Avoidance of alcohol and tobacco

Devotees practising Sawan Somwar fasting also refrain from consuming alcohol and tobacco products during this period. These substances are considered impure and hindrances to spiritual progress.

4. Increased focus on meditation and prayers

Fasting in the month of Shravan is not just about abstaining from food but also about intensifying spiritual practices. Devotees engage in meditation, recitation of mantras, and prayers to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Some also visit Shiva temples to offer prayers and perform special rituals.

5. Observing purity and cleanliness

Devotees prioritise cleanliness and personal hygiene during the Sawan Somwar fasts. They often take a ritual bath in the morning, wear clean clothes, and maintain a pure state of mind. This emphasis on cleanliness symbolises the purging of negative energies and the purification of the body and soul.

Sawan Somwar fasting is a time of deep devotion, self-discipline, and spiritual growth for many Hindus. By observing these fasting rules, devotees aim to strengthen their connection with Lord Shiva, enhance their spiritual awareness, and experience the divine blessings associated with this sacred month. 

It is important to note that these fasting rules may vary depending on personal beliefs, regional customs, and individual health conditions. Before embarking on any fasting practice, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional or religious authority to ensure it is suitable for one’s physical well-being.

Fasts for Unmarried Girls to Find a Good Husband & for Happy Married Life

In Hinduism, it is believed that if an unmarried girl observes a fast on every Monday then her wish of getting married to the guy of her dreams is fulfilled. Not only spinsters but married women also observe fast on Mondays to pray for their happy married life. If you want to know more about the fasts that can be kept on Mondays then stay tuned.

Shiva Puja

Lord Shiva also known Bhole Nath is known for his calm and can be pleased easily to bless you with an ideal husband by worshipping him with pure dedication. Keeping a fast on Mondays in the month of Shravan or July is considered to be fruitful. This fast begins at sunrise and ends at sunset, the women usually break their fast after the evening pray

Mangal Gauri Puja

The Mangal Gauri Puja is dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Many unmarried girls observe this fast on every Tuesday of Shravan, around July-August in order to find a suitable life partner. Women mainly observe the Mangal Gauri fast for 16 or 20 Tuesdays. This fast is also kept by the married women to pray for their husband’s well-being and for a happy married life.

Vishnu Puja

Thursdays are dedicated to Lord Vishnu or the planet ‘Brihaspati’ also known as Jupiter. As per Indian astrology, it is believed that those who observe a fast on Thursdays are blessed with wealth and a happy life. Wearing yellow colour on this day is considered to be auspicious. Those who fast on this day eat yellow colour food without salt, which is often made out of Channa Daal Aata (Besan flour).

Nanda Vrat

This fast is dedicated to Adi Shakti or Goddess Shakti to find an ideal husband. The Nanda Vrat is observed on Phalgun Shukla Paksha Saptami which is the seventh day during the waxing phase of the moon, in any Hindu month. In this fast, prayers are offered to Lord Shiva and “Om Namah Shivaya” is chanted, Bel leaves and white colour flowers are adorned on Lord Shiva. To complete this fast, one needs to perform food donation- Annadanam to poor children and elderly people at any date after observing the fast.

Somvar Vrat : Strengthen Your Moon and Please Lord Shiva

Somvar Vrat is observed to invoke the blessings of Lord Shiva. Somvar means Monday. Monday’s are considered auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva. The vrat is to be observed for 16 consecutive Mondays. So, it is also called Solah Somvar vrat. It is one of the most popularly observed vrats, and devotees do it for general well being in life. However, the vrat is especially observed to solve problems connected to marriage. It is believed that strict observing of the Somvar Vrat was one of the reasons why Goddess Parvati was able to obtain Lord Shiva as her husband. 

The Monday, which falls on the Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan, is the ideal time to start Somvar Vrat. The Vrat should be observed for 16 consecutive Mondays. Shravan month  is from Saturday, 23rd July to Monday, 22nd August. In South India, instead of Shravan month, the month of Kartika (November-December) is considered most auspicious. If not in these months, the vrat can also be started on any Monday that falls on the Shukla Paksha or the bright phase of the Moon. The vrat should start in the morning with a holy bath and the worship of Lord Shiva. It is also important to clean your home and surroundings, especially the puja room, before starting the vrat. 

How do you do a Monday fast?

The Monday that comes during the Shukla Paksha of Shravan, Chaitra, Vaishakha, Jyeshtha, Kartika, or Margashirsha months is auspicious to start the vrat. The fasting begins with a holy bath early on Monday morning. Adding black til-sesame seeds to the water is recommended. Clean your place of residence, especially the place where you do your daily prayer. Decorate it with flowers. Light the lamp and incense sticks. Place an idol of Lord Shiva or Shivalinga here. Pray to Lord Ganesha, who is the lord to obstacles to ensure successful fasting. Perform abhishekam. Offer water to the Shivalinga or the Shiva idol. Then offer panchamrit, which is a mixture of milk, honey, sugar, ghee and curd. Pour water again. Apply sandal paste. Offer white flowers, bilva leaves, datura flowers, fruit and rice. After this, read the Monday vrat katha. In the evening, perform aarti to the shiva ling or idol and offer flowers. Visit a temple of Lord Shiva and offer prayers. 

There are various stories depicting the importance of the Monday fast. The most famous is that of Goddess Paravati, who observed the 16 Monday fast or the Solah Somvar Vrat to obtain Lord Shiva as her husband. Another story is about a priest who was cursed to be a leaper by Goddess Parvati. Now a leper, the priest overcame the curse by observing the Solah Somvar Vrat. Goddess Parvati also used the Monday fast to have her son Karthik, who was upset with her, come back to her. A brahmin friend of Karthik, having learned the merit of the fasting from Karthik, observed it. He was later chosen as the husband to the daughter of the ruling king during Swayamvara. Devotees read these stories as part of Monday fasting to get reminded of the virtue that comes with observing the fast.

Can we do Monday fast during periods?

Fasting during period days does not count. Girls during periods are not to enter puja rooms or do worship. They can still carry on with the fasting. However, they will have to do an additional Monday fasting for every Monday under the period. For example, if one Monday in the 16 Monday fasting is missed due to periods, the person should carry out a 17 Monday fasting. 

Does Solah Somvar Vrat work?

Solah Somvar Vrat is observed for general well being. It is specifically meant to solve problems related to marriage. Unmarried girls observe the vrat to get a good husband. The vrat is observed to invoke the pleasure of Lord Shiva. The Solah Somvar Vrat is known to be very effective, with plenty of testimonials supporting it. It is also known to remove pessimism and negative thoughts from the mind of the person. 

What should we not do in Somvar Vrat?

Observing the vrat is all about cleansing the body and soul. So, in addition to dietary restrictions, one should also adhere to certain moral disciplines as well. Do not consume alcohol during the time of fasting. Do not shave or eat non-vegetables. Devotees also avoid ginger and garlic in food. Limit your diet to satvik food. Eggplants are also avoided as they are considered impure. Try to maintain a calm mind during fasting. Do not swear or curse. Do not use objectionable words or tones. Maintain a calm mind and be courteous to others. 

What all can we eat on Monday fast?

Monday fast becomes effective when it is done for 16 consecutive Mondays. Therefore making a healthy diet choice during fasting is very important to build up strength to see the fasting through. Devotees eat satvik good during fasting. They eat fruits, vegetables, milk and milk products. Drink a lot of water and keep yourself hydrated. It is also good to eat nuts, dates and raisins during fasting. Boiled potatoes are another food item popular among devotees observing Monday fasting. It is essential to avoid food prepared with salt, garlic and onions. Pakodas, vadas and non-cereal dishes are also consumed by devotees. Some devotees restrict their meals to one time during fasting. The more rigorous method is to abstain from food and water during the period of fasting. 

How can I fast for Lord Shiva on Monday?

Lord Shiva is one of the Trimurtis. He is the protector and the destroyer. He resides in Kailash and is blue-skinned with matted hair through which flows the holy river Ganga. Worshipping Lord Shiva bestows the devotee with health, power and peace. After taking a bath in the morning, you have to worship an idol of Lord Shiva or a Shivaling. You have to visit the temple of Lord Shiva and offer prayers. It is also recommended to chant the prayer ‘om Namah Shivaya during fasting. Fasting to Lord Shiva on Mondays helps the devotee attain wisdom, gain control over mind and emotions, and strengthen the Moon in the chart. 

Why do girls do Solah Somvar Vrat?

Solah Somvar Vrat is a very effective method to overcome marriage related problems. If there is any dosha in marriage astrology, your marriage may get delayed. Observing the vrat is recommended for girls who are facing problems in marriage and who are looking for a perfect life partner. Mainly unmarried women observe the solah somvar vrat to gain a good husband like Lord Shiva. Married women also observe the vrat for long, happy married life and for good health for their husband. Observing the Solah Somvar Vrat also strengthens the Moon in the chart. The Moon is the energy behind emotions. A strong Moon will make the person optimistic with constructive thoughts. 

Solah Somvar Vrat significance

As per ancient scriptures, Solah Somvar Vrata is the greatest among all vrats. People who worship Lord Shiva on Monday succeed in realising their wishes. This Vrat is observed for attaining good luck, glory and reputation. It mitigates fears and sorrows in life. It ensures the long life of husbands. Couples not having children will get children by observing this fast. Somvar Vrat is also related to the Moon. The Moon is the lord of emotions and the symbol of peace. So, observing the vrat fills you with inner peace and relief from stress. It is also good for the eradication of eye-related problems. One can get rid of all sorts of troubles by performing this vrat with devotion.

Somvar vrat  dates

The Solah Somvar Vrat or the 16 Somvar Vrat is observed for 16 consecutive Mondays. There is no fixed date to start the 16 Somvar Vrat other than the day being a Monday falling on the Shukla Paksha. But it is usual for the devotees to start the vrat on the first Monday during the month of Shravan.

The Shravan Somwar Vrat dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand are as follows:

  • Shravan month start date: July 14,
  • First Monday or Somwar: July 18,
  • Second Monday: July 25,
  • Third Monday: August 1,
  • Fourth Monday: August 8,

The Shravan Somwar Vrat dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are as follows:

  • Shravan month start date: July 25,
  • First Monday or Somwar: August 1,
  • Second Monday: August 8,
  • Third Monday August 15,
  • Fourth Monday: August 22,

The 16 Somvar Vrat is to be completed by observing vrat for 12 more consecutive Mondays following the last Monday of Shravan month.

Somwar Vrata (Monday Fast)

As per mythological texts all fasts and the pilgrimages of this world cannot even touch the glory of one sixteenth division of Somvaar Vrata. This fast is observed for the attainment of good luck, desired offspring & fulfillment of desires.

People who worship Lord Shiva on Monday succeed in gratifying their all types of wishes. All sorts of fears and sorrows get eradicated. This fast is observed by ladies for the long life of the husbands.

The deity of this fast is Moon & lord Shiva. Lord Shiva and Moon both symbolize satisfaction, peace and success in material and spiritual world. Therefore the power of this fast destroys one’s lower nature thereby making him a more sensible and successful person who doesn’t suffer from the miseries in life.

This fast should be started from the first Monday of bright half of Shravna, Chaitra, Vaishakha, Jyeshtha, Kartika or Margsheersha months of Hindu calendar. This fast should be done 10 times at least. One can do it for 5 years or one year.

Monday fasts are of 3 types-

  • Simple every Monday fast.
    Simple every Monday fast is especially beneficial for those in whose natal chart the planet Moon causes loss of good luck and inflicts problems like lack of mental peace and stomach related disorders.
  • Som Pradosh fast
    This fast is observed on the Trayodashi (13th day) of both the Krishna Paksha (Amavasya) and Shukla Paksha (Poornima). The literal meaning of the word ‘Pradosh’ in Hindi means the evening tide or early night therefore Pradosh Vrat is observed during the ‘Sandhyakaal’ that is the evening twilight. When Pradosh falls on Monday then it is known as Som Pradosh Vrata and on this day Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati feels extremely delighted, pleased and generous. As per Skanda Purana it is said that this fast brings in contentment, wealth and good health and its impact develops positive thinking and fulfills all desires.
  • 16 weeks Monday fast
    16 Somvar vrat is especially recommended for those who are facing difficulties in married life and also those who are looking to get married to the desired life partner. Begin the 16 Monday fasting on the first Monday of Shravan Month (July-August). The vrat consists of fasting, puja to Shiva and reciting the 16 Solah Somvar Vrat Katha).

Smovar Vrata Method

The rituals for all above three types of fast is to wear clean clothes and finish Sandhya & Ranayam in the morning followed by Abhishekam of Shivling and then 11 rosaries of Shivapanchakshari Mantra should be done and finally the Vrata Katha should be read which is separate for all three types.

Smovar Vrata Mantra

“Om Namah Shivay”

श्र्रां श्र्रीं श्र्रौं श्रां चन्द्रमसे नमः।
“Om Shrang Shreeng Shraung Shraang Chandramase Namah”

Have food only once in the day before or after sun set. You should eat curd, rice or Kheer (rice boiled in milk with sugar). While doing Udyapan (ceremony of completion) one has to perform Homa (sacred fire ceremony) with the wood of Palash tree ( Butea foudosa). People generally do this Udyapan after completing 16 fasts.


Benifits of Monday Fasting in Savan

The Shravan Shiva vrat is one of the important religious customs associated with Lord Shiva. People observe fast on every Monday of Shravan month and worship Lord Shiva with enthusiasm and faith. Shravan is the special month of Lord Shiva. It is believed that worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful.

This is why the Mondays, or Somvar, in the month of Shravan (July – August) are considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva. In nutshell the 4 Mondays of Shravan are highly auspicious. According to the ancient belief, those who perform Monday fasting are blessed with happiness and all the pleasures & all the desires are fulfilled.

This fast is observed for long life, happy married life, happiness and prosperity of children. Usually, unmarried women do Shravan Somvar vrat so that they find good husbands. Married women keep this fast to enhance their marital bliss.

Hindu women wear red attire as well as green and yellow bangles & pray for the long and prosperous life of their husbands. Shrawan is the month believed to bring auspices to Mehendi wearers. It is believed that unmarried women who wear henna (mehendi) or green bangles and worship Shiva can have an ideal husband.

There are also some people who fast throughout the month of Shravan. People following the Shravan Shiva vrat religiously have only one meal every single day in the entire month. They eat food without salt at the time of fasting. Lord Shiva is worshipped with Belpatra on this day.

Medical practitioners believe that fasting is essential during Savan as scarcity of sun light and abundance of moisture in the air slows down the digestive system. Therefore easy to digest food is preferred. Hindus follow strict vegetarian diet during the month of Shravana. Fasting also has de-toxifying effect on the digestive system. This is a natural protection against water borne diseases that are common during this period of the year.

 The Importance of the Solah Somwar Vrat

Sawan Somwar

According to mythology, the Sawan somvar vrat which began on Monday, July 18 can be continued on the next 15 somvars or Mondays, making it a total of 16. Fasting for these 16 Mondays is believed to be among the most fruitful fasts and it is believed that the Lord will grant you everything you desire.

Benefits to Devotees of Lord Shiva

This fast is usually kept by devotees of Lord Shiva. But all over the country, many unmarried women who are actively seeking to get married keep this fast. It is believed that by observing these 16 fasts, all obstacles to the marriage of women desirous of getting married will vanish.

July 18 to October 31

The somvar vrats begin on the first Monday of the Shravan month and while most people keep the fast only for the first four Mondays, the more devout keep it for all 16 Mondays. This year’s first Somvar Vrat was observed on Monday, July 18. The sixteenth Monday fast will, therefore, be completed on October 31.

Monday Fast

The Somvar or Monday fast is a significant day as it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People fast for the whole day and seek Shiva’s blessings. You are to eat only once a day during the fast period. The period of Sawan and Shravan is very dear to the Lord and therefore, this fast is considered to be very auspicious.

Wake up early morning during Brahma Muhurta

Devotees wake up early morning before sunrise during Brahma Muhurta and after their cleansing rituals, they bathe a Shiva idol in their homes. You have to place flowers and light diyas according to the ritual and then chant the appropriate mantras. You can do the puja at home or in a temple.

Katha during the Puja Rituals

There is a katha (story) associated with the somvar vrats and this must be recited during the puja rituals. It is said that a rich moneylender in a small town had no children and therefore decided to keep a vrat every Monday and pray to Lord Shiva. It is said that Goddess Parvati was pleased with the moneylender’s devotion and requested Shiva to grant him his wish. And so, a son was born to the moneylender.

Meditate and Chant Om Namah Shivaya

The Puja is never complete without meditation and mantra chanting. Sit appropriately in a quiet corner and meditate on Lord Shiva with the image fixed in your mind. Many people then recite Om Namah Shivaya or Om Shivaya Namah or any other Shiva mantra that you wish to recite. The usual practice is to chant the mantra 108 times.

What you can eat and what not to eat

Here is a broad list of what you can eat during the solah somvar vrats: fruits, fresh veggies, and items prepared with sabudana or sago. You have to abstain from normal salt, but you can use sendha namak. Milk and milk items such as curd, buttermilk can be taken during this period. Try and stick to fruits and light vegetables so that your digestive system gets a good rest as well.

Strict Do’s and Don’ts

There are other strict do’s and don’ts during this fasting period. Please abstain from alcohol and other intoxicants and totally avoid onions and garlic. People make sure that they don’t smoke either. Here is the incentive: if you can abstain from all that is wrong for one day, why not extend the same rules to the next day and the next? Before you know it, you will be free from these vices. Moreover, you will succeed as you have the blessings of both Lord Shiva and Parvati.

More Foods to be Avoided During this Period

Other things to be avoided are cereals as they are considered ‘anna’ and onions and garlic are to be avoided as they are taken as heaty or tamasic foods. And of course, all forms of nonvegetarian food are to be avoided altogether.


 Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi (& The Importance Of Fasting For It)

The month of Shravan is one of the holiest months of the year, according to the Hindu calendar. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. The name of the month is derived from the Shravan Nakshatra that is believed to rule the sky on the full moon day or Purnima. Devotees offer their obeisance to Shivling during this month. Every Monday is celebrated as Shravan Somvar in this month and the Shivling is bathed with milk and water throughout the day and night. This time of the year is also considered to be auspicious for special events and festivals because the month is considered to be suitable for shubh aarambh or new beginnings. 

History & Significance Of Shravan Somvar Puja Vidhi & Vrat

According to Hindu folklore, poison emerged from the water when Devas and Asuras started fighting with each other. Lord Shiva deliberately drank all the poison to save mankind and this occurred in the month of Shravan. As a result, Lord Shiva’s body temperature rose. He carried the moon on his head to cool down his temperature and the other Hindu gods poured Gangajal on him, which devotees do to this day and age. It is also believed that Lord Indra made the sky rain for Lord Shiva’s temperature to drop further. And this successfully soothed him. Henceforth, Lord Shiva is honoured by pouring water during the month of Shravan, specifically on Mondays. 

Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi

  1. Wake up early and take a refreshing shower in the morning on the day of Shravan Somvar.
  2. Visit a Shiv Mandir or perform the Rudrabhishek Puja with authentic rituals at home.
  3. Offer bael leaves, milk, gangajal, and datura to the deity.
  4. Shivling is then anointed with Panchamrit.
  5. Next, ghee and sugar is offered to the Lord.
  6. Pray and perform aarti to conclude the Shravan Somvar puja.
  7. Finally, distribute prasad.

Shravan Vrat Katha: The Story Behind Shravan Somvar Vrat Vidhi

According to the Skanda Purana, Goddess Sati made the shocking decision to marry Lord Shiva against the wishes of her father. Once married, she saw how Lord Shiva was humiliated by her father, because of which she ended her life. Later she was reincarnated as Goddess Parvati, born to Parvat Raj Himalaya and Naina. She carried on a penance and tapasya for a month to make the Lord her better half and her wishes were finally granted as she became his devoted wife. This is precisely the reason why women fast for 16 consecutive Mondays, known as Solah Somvar, to get a husband like Lord Shiva. 

Significance Behind Fasting During Shravan Somvar 

  1. Paying obeisance to Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan awards devotees with various blessings, including that of spiritual cleansing.
  2. The various barriers caused due to planetary doshas are eliminated by worshipping Lord Shiva with honey, bael leaves, ghee, and rudraksha, according to the instructions of your Pandit. 
  3. Rudrabhishek Puja, performed by experienced Pandits, can cure devotees of financial problems, incurable health conditions, and bad karma. It can also bring success in business or career, and personal life, emphasising on Sawan Somvar vrat importance.
  4. The Shravan Somvar puja while keeping a fast is also believed to remove doshas and negative planetary combinations in your birth chart. 
  5. A Laghu Rudra Puja specialises in appeasing Lord Shiva for receiving inner peace and fulfilment of your desires. 
  6. A Pathatmak Laghu Rudra Puja done while keeping a fast can destroy negativity around you. 

 Shravan Somvar Puja Vidhi & Fasting Rituals 

  1. Observing Solah Somvar (16 Mondays) is believed to award you with everything your heart desires.
  2. Commit to observing the Solah Somvar vrat with a pure heart and complete dedication. It starts by taking a bath after waking up early in the morning.
  3. Visit a Lord Shiva temple or perform the puja at home, strictly following the puja vidhi and rituals.
  4. Clear the puja place and then light the lamp with gingelly oil.
  5. Decorate the picture or idol with flowers and diyas.
  6. Recite the katha, followed by aarti.
  7. You can conclude the puja with almonds, betel leaves, a sweet dish, and a coconut. 
  8. You can either fast the entire day or eat prasad and fruits after the puja is done. 
  9. Finally, light a diya near Lord Shiva overnight.

Sawan Somvar Vrat: What To Eat

Foods you can eat while observing the fast are as below:

  1. Fruits
  2. Sendha namak (rock salt)
  3. Sabudana
  4. Milk and milk products like yoghurt, buttermilk, etc.

Sawan Somvar Vrat: What Not To Eat

As per Shravan Somvar fasting rules, below are the foods you must avoid of you’re keeping the fast:

  1. Salt
  2. Garlic
  3. Onions

Types Of Fasts That Are Kept For Shravan Somvar

1. Partial Fasting

In this case, you can eat a selected choice of foods like fruits, nuts, sabudana, etc. Some also keep a fast during the day and eat at night.

2. Austere Fasting

Here, devotees don’t eat anything and solely consume water. The fast is broken after sunset with a meal that is devoid of garlic and onion. 

Solah Somvar, according to Shiva Purana, bestows devotees with a peaceful personal life, a successful career or business, financial issues, bad karma, and a life devoid of negativity. It also cures irreversible illnesses and blesses devotees with good health. Keep a fast according to the Sawan Somvar vrat vidhi, and with a good and genuine heart.

Importance of Shravan/Shraavana

Shravan month is an important period for devout Hindus and they consider it to be the holiest month of the year. In fact, every day in the month of Shravan month is considered auspicious. It is believed that one can win the special grace of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu during this holy month. Shravan month, in particular, holds a lot of importance for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is the God who bestows many boons.

Shravan month is synonymous with auspicious festivals and events. It is the best time to conduct all-important religious ceremonies, as almost all days in this month are auspicious for shubh arambh, i.e. good start. Shravan maas’ ruling deity is Lord Shiva. One of the main purposes of Shravan fasting is to learn self-control and detoxify your body. The diet has to be planned to remain healthy and energetic throughout the day. There are some rules followed during Shravan month fasting. During the month, some eat a single meal during the day while others avoid foods that contain salt, garlic or onion. Eating a single meal during the day is called Eka Bhukta Bhojan and eating a light meal after sunset is called Nakhta Vratam.

In this month, each Monday is celebrated as Shravan Somvar across all temples with the Dharanatra hanging over the Shiva linga, bathing it with holy water and milk, throughout the day into the night. Devotees offer Bael leaves, flowers, holy water and milk, i.e. Falam-Toyam, Pushpam-Patram to Lord Shiva on every Shravan Somwar. They fast until the sun goes down and the Nandadeep, the Akhand Diya, burns throughout.

The word “Shiva” connotes Kalyan (welfare). Lord Shiva is the main God in the worship of Panchadev (Five Gods). Pushpadant has very well explained the glory of Lord Shiva in Shiv Mahima Stotra. He has said that in spite of being an eternal God, Lord Shiva has come to acquire the role of a creator, preserver and destroyer of this mundane world. Shiva is the cause of every living being’s existence.

So, let us learn some interesting facts related to the holy month Shravan

As per the traditional story, the daughter of Daksh had sacrificed her life and was reborn as Parvati in the home of a Himalayan King. Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva. That is the reason why she performed penance during Shravan month. Lord Shiva was pleased with the devotion of Parvati and he fulfilled her wish. Lord Shiva likes Shravan month very much as he got reunited with his wife during this period. During the holy Shravan month the Shivaling is worshipped and people pray to Lord Shiva for the entire night. All this is done to win the special grace of Lord Shiva. Any act which violates the religious principles is strictly prohibited during Shravan month. It’s important to follow religion, to win the grace of God. It’s also important to please the planets, who are the agents of God.

It is believed that worshiping Lord Shiva during Shravan is considered more powerful than worshiping during normal days. The fasts done on Monday are known as Shravan Somwar Vrat. It is believed that by observing Sravan Somvar Vrat all desires gets fulfilled. It is believed that if unmarried women keep fast on Mondays of the month they would get a good husband. Apart from Monday’s women keep fasts on Tuesdays and Fridays of the month too. On Tuesdays newly married brides keep the Mangala Gauri Vrata to get rid of bad omens and married women keep Varalaksmi Vrata on Friday (Shravan Shukravar Vrata).

Each day in the month of Shravan has a special significance and other deities are worshiped too. Mondays are dedicated to Shiva, Tuesdays to Gauri, Wednesdays to Vithala, Thursdays to Mercury and Jupiter, Fridays to Lakshmi and Tulsi, Saturdays to Shani and Sundays to Sun. Many do Pujas of Lord Vishnu on Saturday. Those who have complications in their birth chart due to the planet Saturn observe fast on this day of Sampat Shanivar. Praying to Goddess Lakshmi is also considered auspicious in this month. Some other auspicious occasions in the month of Shravan are Hariyali Amavasi, Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Tulsi Das Jayanti, Putradaikadashi, Shravani Purnima, Rishi Panchami, Krishna Janmashtami and Raksha Bandan.

According to a legend the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan and it is on a Somvar that Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hala to save the world. In order to lessen the effect of poison the Devas had offered the Ganges water to Lord Shiva, because of this on Shravana Somvar in Shiva Temples the Shivalinga is bathed with holy water day and night. Devotees pilace Bel leaves on the Linga and flowers and fast until sunset. A 24 hour lamp also burns steadily in the temples. It is believed that one can please Lord Shiva in Shravan month by offering milk. It is considered highly auspicious to wear rudraksha beads in Shravan month

The significance of Lord Shiva in Shravan (Sawan) Month

The Samudra Manthan is a very important episode as per the Puranas. The churning of the milky ocean, i.e. Samudra Manthan in search of the amrit, took place during the month of Shravan. During the churning, 14 different rubies emerged from the ocean. Thirteen rubies were divided among the devas and the Asuras, however, Halahal, the 14th ruby remained untouched as it was the deadliest poison which could destroy the whole universe and every living being. Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored the poison in his throat. Due to the impact of the poison, his throat turned blue and he came to be called Neelkantha

Such was the impact of the poison that Lord Shiva wore a crescent moon on his head and all the devas started offering water from the holy river of Ganges to Lord Shiva to reduce the effects of the poison. Both these events took place in the Shravan Maas and therefore, it is considered very auspicious to offer holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva in this month.

Importance of wearing Rudraksh in Shravan Month

Devout devotees of Lord Shiva consider it auspicious to wear Rudraksha in the month of Shravam. Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva as his the ruling deity of the day. However, Mondays in the Shravan maas as known as Shravan Somwar and are highly auspicious, and celebrated with all austerities.

Rituals to following Shravan (Sawan) Month

• Offer milk to Lord Shiva in Shravan Month leads one to earn a lot of punyas.

• Wear Rudraksha and use it for japas.

• Bhibhuti is considered very important if offered to Lord Shiva. Some of it should be smeared on the forehead as well.

• Offer panchamrit (a mixture of milk, curd, butter or ghee, honey and jaggery) and bael leaves to Shiva linga.

• Chant the Shiva Chalisa and perform regular aarti of Lord Shiva. • Chanting the Mahamritunjay mantra is very auspicious.

• Fast on all Shravan Somvars. This is important for young women seeking good husband

Significance of Shravan Maas:

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”

Om 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

Sawan Somvar Vrat:  Observe Delightful Monday Fasts With These Food Items

Sawan, one of India’s biggest festivals began on 4th July this year. It is the time when we celebrate Lord Shiva and pray to him for his blessings. During this month, the devotees observe fast on Mondays, the day of Lord Shiva to pay respect to him.

This fast or the Sawan Somvar Vrat is believed to fulfill all the desires of the devotees. As per Hindu Mythology, there are a lot of rules and regulations that are followed during this month. For instance, salt is not consumed during this time. This makes this fast really difficult for the devotees.

If you too are a Lord Shiva devotee and wish to fast this month then follow this routine that will help you stay energised all day while you fast.

Begin Your Day With A Heavy Breakfast

After completing your morning prayer rituals, it is time to have your first meal. Begin with a glass of milk. Milk will not only give you the energy to survive the whole day but also keep you full for long. You can have dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, dates along with your milk.

Drink Dry Fruit Lassi Before Lunch

Have your second meal before lunch, around 11 or 12. You can have a glass of lassi. You can prepare dry fruit lassi at home.

Just take some curd, add dry fruits to it and mix. Have this fresh and thick lassi.

Fruit Chaat Or Curd For Lunch

For lunch, prepare a plate of fruit chaat. Add all the fruits that you have at home. If not fruits, you can also have a bowl of fresh curd.

A Cup Of Tea Or Coffee In Evening

In the evening, you can have a cup of tea or coffee. It will make you feel fresh and active.

Final Meal

For dinner, prepare roti or poori using Kuttu Ka Atta, you can also prepare a sweeter version of it. Having sugar will give you instant energy and you will feel relaxed. Before you head to sleep, have a glass of milk again.

You need to keep a check on what drinks and meals are you consuming because during this time your immune system gets weak and your body needs the right amount of nutrients. Make sure you have lots of water so that your digestive system functions well.


What to eat during Sawan Somvar Vrat?

People can have a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, fruits, etc. during Sawan Somvar Vrat.

What not to eat during Sawan Somvar Vrat?

Many devotees eat salt only once a day. They avoid non-vegetarian food and or any food item that is made with fermented ingredients.

Can you eat curd during Sawan Somvar Vrat?

Yes, you can have curd, milk, paneer, and other such dairy items.

Month of Shrawan

The month of Shrawan is considered to be sacred month in Nepal. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the month observes women and girls keeping fast and adorning green, yellow and red bangles and pote.  During this month, especially on Mondays, devotees, despite their ages and sexes, go to the Shiva temple to worship the Lord. It is believed that the unmarried girl keeping fast on every Monday of the month shall get the husband of her choice. The married women, however, keep the fast for the good health and prosperity of their husbands and family members.

Girls and women are also seen wearing green, yellow and red bangles on their hands and their palm decorated with mehendi.  The devotees of Lord Shiva take pilgrimage to Bol Bam during this month and also large numbers of devotee are seen at the Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu during the entire month.

Colorful bangles (green, yellow and red) on display at a cosmetic shop, especially for the month of Shrawan.

College girls displaying their mehendi. Not only women but also girls put on bangles and mehendi during this month. The color green is worn as a representation of the environment during the month which is green, rich with vegetation and also because the females are compared to the nature.

Girls and women waiting for their turns to worship Lord Shiva. Not only women but also unmarried girls keep fast on Mondays during the month of Shrawan.

Women walking towards Shiva temple.

Devote Hindu women walking barefoot towards the Shiva temple to offer the sacred water to the Lord.

Monday Fast (Somvar Vrat) Benefits : Puja, Katha and Udyapan Vidhi

The fast that is observed in the name of Lord Shiva and Somdeva is called Somvar Vrat. Lord Shiva is specially worshipped on this day. Lord Shiva Abhishek is carried out and Moon too is worshipped. Observing Jagran throughout the night holds great importance.

Types of Somvar Vrat

There are three types of Somvar Vrat. Out of them, first is the normal Somvar Vrat, next is the Som Pradosh Vrat and lastly the Solah Somvar Vrat. All these fasts have their importance. The Vidhi for all these fasts is the same.

How many Somvar Vrats should be observed and when to start?

Mondays of Magha month, Phalgun month and Savan month are considered auspicious to start this fast. The number of these fasts depends on the devotee but the importance and impact of every fast are different. Some Somvar Vrats are observed for 16, 7 or 5 Mondays.

Solah Somvar Vrat –

Certain rules should be followed while observing Solah Somvar Vrat. This fast is mainly observed to get a good and also a specific life partner. Those who are facing problems in marital life should observe this fast to get rid of all marital problems and lead a happy married life.

Som Pradosh Vrat –

This fast is considered highly auspicious. Those who observe this fast are blessed with a child. Worshipping Lord Shiva while observing this fast holds great importance.

Somvar Vrat 

Somvar Vrat can be started at any time and it can be observed any number of times.

All of these fasts can be observed throughout life. When these fasts are observed with devotion and faith, the native is blessed with happiness and prosperity in life.

Precautions while observing Somvar Vrat

  The devotee should wake up before sunrise on the day of the fast.

  Ketki flowers should not be offered to Lord Shiva.

  Tulsi should not be offered to Lord Shiva.

  Kumkum or Sindoor should not be used.

Somvar Vrat Puja Vidhi

  One must resolve to observe the Somvar Vrat. Lord Shiva should be worshipped after an early morning bath and completion of daily chores.

  Shivling Puja should be done on Mondays.

  Cow milk and water should be used for worshipping Shivling.

  Bel Patra should be offered on Shivling.

  Shiva-Gauri should be worshipped.

  One should wrap a thread of yarn on Lord Shiva and a red Chunari on Goddess Parvati.

  Dhoop-Deepak should be lit while performing Aarti of Shivling.

  Panchakshari Mantra of Lord Shiva should be recited while performing the Puja.

  One should listen to Somvar Vrat Katha after Shiv Pujan.

  One should have food only after performing Shiv Puja in the evening.

  Eating only sweet food items on this day is considered highly auspicious.

  Normally, Somvar Vrat is observed until the third half of the day.

Importance of Somvar Vrat from the viewpoint of astrology

Somvar Vrat is considered very important from an astrological perspective. Monday has been associated with the Moon. Performing Chandrama Pujan on this day is also considered highly auspicious. If the Moon is affected in the horoscope or is malefic, then it is considered highly auspicious to observe the Somvar Vrat. This fast protects the native from the ill effects of a malefic or weak moon.

Performing Shiv Puja and Chandrama Puja on Monday marks the completion of this Vrat. It is said that the Moon resides on the forehead of Lord Shiva. So, when one worships the Moon, he/she automatically worships Lord Shiva.

Somvar Vrat Katha

Once upon a time, Shri Bhoothnath Mahadev decided to visit the Mrityu Log with Mother Parvati, so they went to Amravati, a city of Vidarbha, a prosperous city with a happy population. They started residing in a comfortable Shiv Mandir which was built by the people of the city. Once while playing Chaucer Goddess asked the priest of the temple, ‘Who you think will win this turn?’ To which he replied Lord Shiva. But instead, Goddess Parvati won. This angered Goddess Parvati and she cursed the Brahmin with Leprosy disease for lying.

After a few days, Apsaras from Swarglok visited the temple. When they saw the cursed priest suffering from leprosy they got curious. They inquired about the disease. The priest narrated the entire story. As a solution, the Apsaras asked the priest to observe Solah Somvar Vrats. They told him the importance of the Vrat and the procedure for the Vrat. The priest observed the Vrat and as expected Lord Shiva was obligated to fulfill all his wishes. Then the Apsaras returned to Swarglok. After completion of the fast, the priest was cured of his disease.

Later on, when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati visited the temple, Goddess Parvati was surprised to see that the priest was cured. She asked the priest the reason behind the same. The priest told her the whole Katha. On seeing the positive impact of the fast, Parvati ji followed the same fast to get back her deceived son Kartikeya, and her wish was fulfilled. Her wrathful son Karthikeya became obedient. This set out a ripple effect. Kartikeya inquired about the reason behind the change in his mindset.

On realizing the importance of the fast, Kartikeya too observed the fast. Kartikeya’s desire to meet his old friend was fulfilled. Due to the impact of the fast, he got a chance to meet his friend. When his friend, a Bharmin asked him about this, Kartikeya told him about the fast. His friend also observed the same fast with the desire to marry. The Brahmin went for a Swayamvara event of a Rajkumari in another state. The King declares that he will get the princess married to the man on whom she puts a garland. Fortunately for the Brahmin, the princess adorns the Brahmin with a garland.

The king true to his word fulfilled his promise. The Brahmin then told the princess about the Katha. The princess too observed that fast and was blessed with a son. Finally, the prince too observed the same fast and became the heir to the kingdom.

Somvar Vrat Udayapan

On the day of Somvar Udayapan, the devotee should take a bath and wear clean clothes. Observe a fast that involves eating only once. Wearing white clothes would prove to be more beneficial. Make a Vedi for Puja and decorate it with flowers and banana leaves.

Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Chandrama and the entire Shiv Parivar should be placed on the Vedi. Dhoop and Deepak should be used for Pujan and floral garlands should be offered. Choorma and Panchamrit should be offered as Bhog to the Gods. Offer food to the Brahmin. Donate articles to mark the completion of the fast.

If you prefer a simpler way of conducting the Puja, then visiting a Shiv temple will be ideal. Make a Panchamrit of water, milk, yogurt, Gangajal, honey, and Ghee. Carry out Abhishek of the Shivling at the temple by pouring Panchamrit over it. After that Bilav Patra and Datura should be offered to God. Finally water Abhishek should be done by pouring water over the Shivling Abhishek. Light a lamp and incense sticks. Lord Shiva should be gifted with Janeu and Dhoti whereas Mata Parvati should be adorned with red Chunari and Shringar items. After Mantra and Aarti, food and donation should be offered to one or two Brahmins. With this, the fast can be ended.

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

Sharavana and Somvar

Shravana month is very important in terms of religious significance if we look at the Hindu calendar. Whole month is considered holy for the devotees who practice penance and worship LordShiva during this month. It is common belief that worshipper who sincerely follow the rituals and practices in this holy month get boons of spiritual and material success. As Mondays (Somwars) are prominently associate with Lord Shiva, during the Shravana month Mondays have more special importance given to them. In this month, four Mondays i.e. Shravana Somwaar have special ritual based importance. Devotees practice austerity and fast during these days.

Those who fast starting from the first Monday of Shravana and then fast till sixteen weeks are said to practice the  Solah Somwar Vrat, fasting of sixteen shravan Mondays. Shravan has its own importance and among the first of Chaturrmasa or holy four months. Shravana, Bhadra, Aswin as well as Karthik months have special significance from the perspective of religious rituals.

We can also observe the impact of this month upon the lifestyle of believers. Devotees wake up in early morning during brahma muhurata and then take bath and offer pooja. Some even visit temples on regular basis till the end of the month or specific Monday. It is upto the capacity and willpower of the devotees to fast on Mondays or till the completion of the complete month or event beyond it till sixteen week.

Fasting and offering prayers and pooja is an essential element of devotees devotion.  Devotees and worshipper consume only sattvik food such as fruits. Some even live on water for certain period in fasting. Taboo foods and beverages alcohol and Non-vegetarian foods are not consumer by all practitioners. In addition, those vegetarian food items which are prepared by adding ingredients e.g. ginger, onion and garlic are shunned. Due to the tamasic nature of the food, even vegetarian and plant based foods are also avoided.

Worshipping Lord Shiva is done in accordance with the vedic scriptures and traditions. Devottes perfrom the rituals and worship the deity in the Lingam form which is personified as the quintessential aspects of without any beginning(anadi) and without any end (anant) nature of lord shiva. In puranas, it has been mentioned that When Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma were debating about the supremacy of their tattva or element, Lord shiva emerged in the form of Lingam or pillar of light which had no beginning or end. It was then ascertained that the Divine existence has its three important tatta or element which we know as the Trinity in Hindu beliefs.

During Shravana month whole universe  is believe to be carged with the element of Shiva tattva which has an auspicious and purifying impact upon  body, senses, mind, intellect and soul. In traditional beliefs it is known that during the month of Shravana Goddess Shakti in the form of Parvati practiced the rituals of fasting during the holy months to marry Lord Shiva. Devotees go to Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and perform the pooja and other rituals related to worshipping. As an accepted and standard ritual practice prescribed by Shastra, devotees bathe the Shiva lingam with holy water. Pancha amrita or elixir of five ingredients is also used to bath Lord shiva and it is called Abhisheka of the deity. The offering of flowers and bel leaves is also done by Devotees along with lighting Diyas. Conducting Aartis and Bhajans to do the stuti(chanting) to chant and remember name of Lord Shiva is a frequent sight in temples. Chanting of OmNamah Shivay continuously or more often upto 108 times is an important practice followed with the help of rudraksh beads and Mala.

History, Significance And Rituals

Shravan comes every year, but this Shravan is coming after 19 years. Want to know why? Well, Shravan is one of the holiest months in Hindu culture, which is right around the corner. Typically the month of Shravan has 8 Somwars (Mondays). However, this year is different. Because this year, the month of Shravan will not be for 30 days, but instead, it will of 59 days. So, this  Sharav will have not 4 but 8 Somvars (Monday). 

Did you know why people fast on Mondays during Monsoon months? This is because Shravan Somvar fasts are considered to be extremely auspicious. Keeping a Sawan Monday fast can give you great benefits. One of the most common ones of them is girls getting married to the man of their dreams. However, the importance of this festival is not just about the Somwar fasta, and there is a lot that needs to be known about the festival.

Many people, especially the devotees of Lord Shiva, celebrate this month all across India with great enthusiasm. Let us get to know about all the aspects of the month of Shravan, from its history to its celebration. This blog will cover it all! Let us first know the start and end dates for the month of Shravan. These are listed below: 

Shravan Month : July – August

Sawan Start Date: 4th July, Tuesday 

Sawan End Date: 31st August, Thursday

Shravan Month : Mythology Associated

Sawan Somwar holds great historical meaning in ancient Hindu scriptures. This month is an auspicious month for worshipping Lord Shiva. According to Hindu mythology, once upon a time, all Gods in the heavens and the demons of Hell started Samudra Manthan. They were doing this because they were in search of Amrit. They churned it for months, because of which they gained many auspicious gifts. However, one of the things they gained was poison.

The poison had the power to destroy all creations if it fell anywhere. Upon learning this, the Gods were deeply worried. Therefore, they went to Lord Shiva to ask for a solution. He consumed the poison, and his wife, Goddess Parvati, held his throat to not let the poison spread. This made his throat blue, which gave him the name Neelkanth (The one with the blue throat).

People decorate Shiva temples with flowers and lights and offer special prayers and offerings to the deity. Devotees also fast on Mondays and offer milk, honey, and bel leaves to the Shiva Linga. People say that keeping the fast of Sawan Somwar can bless women and unmarried girls with a successful married life. This can also help men overcome their financial, physical, and mental problems.

Why is Shravan Month  special?

This year, , the month of Shravan, is not an ordinary one! This is because this year’s Shravan month is a special occurrence after 19 years. Yes, you heard it right. This year the month of Shravan will begin on the 4th of July  and will continue till the 31st of August . Unlike the other Sharavan months, this year, we will observe a long month of Shravan.

This is because of an occurrence known as Adhik Maas. The Hindu calendar is set according to the Lunar cycle, whereas the English calendar works according to the Solar cycle. Because of this, there is a gap between both calendars. This gap increases every year, and it adds up to the duration of a month. Therefore, in order to sync the Lunar and Solar calendars, an extra month is added to the Lunar calendar.

Another interesting fact is that this time Shravan will not have its typical 4 Solmar (Mondays). But on the other hand, it will have 8 Somvars. Shravan is known to be the month during which lord Vishnu sleeps, and the duty of protecting and caring for the Universe comes on the shoulders of Lord Shiva. This makes Lord Shiva even more powerful. Thus, he becomes the most powerful deity during the month of Shravan. So, it is believed that if an individual worships Lord Shiva during Shravan, then they will surely be blessed with beneficial outcomes and results.

Eight Auspicious Mondays of Shravan

The year  is a very special year for the devotees of Lord Shiva. This is because, after 19 years, Shravan will last for two months instead of one. Devotees can celebrate this auspicious time for two months and pray to god for even longer. There are eight Mondays for fasting this year. These auspicious days can bring you great benefits during Shravan .

First Monday: July 10 , 5.38 AM to 7.22 PM

Second Monday: July 17 , 6:00 AM to 8:15 PM

Third Monday: July 24 , 5:30 Am to 7:30 PM

Fourth Monday: July 31 , 6:15 AM to 7:25 PM

Fifth Monday: August 7 , 5:20 AM to 8:00 PM

Sixth Monday: August 14 , 5:45 AM to 7:20 PM

Seventh Monday: August 21 , 5:58 AM to 7:45 PM

Eighth Monday: August 28 , 6:02 AM to 8:12 PM

Chaturdashi Tithi: July 15  – 08:32 PM on July 15 –  10:08 PM on July 16

Chaturdashi Tithi: August 14  – 10:25 AM on August 14 – 12:42 PM on August 15

Shravan Month : Rituals and Vrat

As our country and its cultures are so diverse, rituals differ from region to region. However, these are the most widely followed rituals during Shravan month. To celebrate Shravan Month  in the most beneficial way, follow these rituals:

1. Puja

Devotees wake up, bathe and get dressed in clean clothes. This represents their purity and sincere devotion to lord Shiva. Then they make offerings to the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They make Panchamrit which is a holy offering made of Lord Shiva’s favourite ingredients. They also visit Shiva temples and make donations. People also chant mantras and Hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva.

2. Fasting

Fasting is one of the most important Shravan month rituals. People fast to show their love and devotion to the god. There are many different fasts that people follow during this month:

  • Shravan Somvar Vrat- People keep this fast every Monday of the Sawan month. The month usually has 4-5 months. This fast is a way to connect with Lord Shiva.
  • Solah Somvar Vrat- People keep this vrat for sixteen Mondays, starting from the first Sawan Monday. Women keep this fast, praying for an ideal husband.
  • Mangala Gauri Vrat – Devotees keep this fast on the Tuesdays of the Sawan month. Women keep this fast to pray for a harmonious married life and for the longevity of their husbands.
  • Pradosh Vrat – Pradosh Vrat is kept on the thirteenth day or the Trayodashi Tithi of the Krishna Paksha and Shukla Paksha. Fasting and doing puja on this day is extremely auspicious.
  • Shani Vrat – People keep Shani Vrat on Saturdays. Saturdays are the days of god Shani. Therefore Shani Vrat seeks the blessings and protection of Lord Shani.

3. Rudra Abhishek

The word “Rudra” means fury. Anger and fury are one of the most prominent qualities of Lord Shiva, because of which Rudra is another name for him. He shows his anger through his cosmic dance, Tandav. During Sawan, devotees perform Abhishek, pouring holy water and Panchamrit on an idol of Lord Shiva. Doing this helps them get rid of their sins. Panchamrit is a mixture of milk, sugar, ghee, honey, curd, Ganga jal, Bael Patta and other favourite ingredients of Lord Shiva. Rudra Abhishek is a very auspicious ritual. Therefore, doing this purifies your body and mind and leads you to enlightenment.

4. Kanwar Yatra

In north India, devotees show their love for the Lord by carrying water on their backs. They perform this auspicious act barefoot. This is known as Kanwar Yatra. It’s one of the most significant rituals of Shravan Month in north India. Devotees dress up in saffron clothes and carry Kanwar pots from holy rivers. They also visit sacred places related to Lord Shiva. This is a gesture of showing their great dedication to the god.

Shravan Month : Somvar Vrat Katha

There is a very interesting story behind why people keep the Sawan Monday fast, which is as follows. According to Hindu mythology, once there was a moneylender who lived with his wife. He desperately wanted a son, but he was childless. He was a great believer in Lord Shiva. Therefore, he decided to keep a fast for Lord Shiva every Sawan Monday.

His act of devotion greatly impressed Maa Parvati. She told lord Shiva that he should fulfil the wishes of his dedicated devout. Shiv ji told Maa Parvati that the world has certain rules that should not be broken, but he eventually gave in to her stubbornness. He granted the moneylender a boon, and a son was born to him. However, the son could only live for twelve years. The moneylender took great care of his boy and raised him well. Then, he sent him to study with his uncle in Kashi and told him to perform havan and other holy deeds on his way. He studied along with his uncle and soon turned twelve.

As a result of Lord Shiva’s condition, the boy died, and his parents were in great distress. Coincidentally, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were passing by and saw this. Seeing the parents’ state left Maa Parvati in deep grief; she once again requested Shiv Ji to bring the boy back to life. Shiv Ji agreed and brought the boy back to life. He came in the dream of his father the next night and told him that he was impressed by his dedication. His Sawan Monday fast was a token of his faith and love for the god who saved his son’s life.


In conclusion, people celebrate this auspicious month to gain the blessings of Lord Shiva. Shiva Devotees practice many rituals like Puja, Shravan Somvar Vrat and Kanwar Yatra during this month, which makes it even more significant and meaningful. We encourage our readers to further explore the cultures of our country for a better understanding of beliefs and practices. To read more about such interesting stories related to our culture, visit the InstaAstro website or download the app.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How many Mondays are there in Shravan month ?

In Sawan month , there are 8 sacred Sawan Mondays. Sawan this year will span for 58 days.

2. When does Shravan end?

Shravan Month  ends on 31st August .

3. What are 16 Monday fast benefits?

People observe Monday fast to fulfil their wishes. It can give you anything you seek. Mainly unmarried women observe this as it helps them to get a good husband like Shiva.

4. Do we cut hair in Sawan?

Some of the practices followed during the month of Shravan include: not cutting hair, not eating onion and garlic.

5. What to eat during Shravan Somvar Vrat?

You can have nuts, fruits, dairy products like milk and butter, and selected flours like Kuttu ka Atta (buckwheat flour), Singhare ka Atta (water chestnut flour) or Rajgira ka Atta (amaranth flour).

6. Can we marry in Savan?

Yes, Shravan is an auspicious month for weddings, believed to bring blessings of birthing healthy children. The rains are often associated with fertility rituals.

Sawan Fasting:

Healthy Eating Tips to Cleanse and Detox Your Body

The holy month of Sawan or Shravan in the year  will begin on 4 July and end on 31 August. This year’s Sawan month is expecting 8 Monday fasts (Sawan Somwar Vrat). This makes it a special and rare occurrence that is going to happen after 19 years. Corresponding to the same month, there also comes the beginning of Purushottam maas also known as Mal Maas or Adhik Maas. Adhik Maas is expected from 18 July to 16 August. Religiously, this co-occurrence of Shravan Maas and Adhik Maas is of great importance as well.

Shravan Maas is dedicated to Lord Shiva’s worship. Millions of Hindus around the globe assume fasts, celebrations, and devotion to Lord Shiva. As this holy month comes around the arrival of monsoons in India, so the monsoon rains are believed to be showers of blessings from Lord Shiva. The Monday fasts(Somwar Vrat) of Shravan month are fulfilled by waking up early in the morning, bathing, and giving your offerings to Lord Shiva. In these सावन सोमवार व्रत only sweet meals need to be consumed, so people refrain from salt. Anaj or heavy whole wheat meal is eaten only once a day and that too in the evening before sunset.

From a scientific viewpoint also, this whole month is of great importance. Scientifically, very few sun rays penetrate the atmosphere and reach the Earth’s surface. Along with this, the arrival of the monsoons is expected. All these factors lead to a surge in waterborne diseases. Attributing to this reason, the consumption of many green leafy vegetables (spinach, radish leaves, saag, cabbage, etc.), brinjal, and many others must be avoided. These vegetables are loaded with various water-borne bacteria laying eggs over the leaves of these vegetables. In this blog, Fitness with Nidhi is going to share some tips on how to detox your body along with fasting. Read the full article to know more.

Stay Hydrated with 6 Sawan Fasting Drinks: Your Spiritual Refreshment

1. Ghiya Juice

Ghiya juice is a refreshing, hydrating, and nutritious drink suitable for people of all ages. Hypertensive and diabetic patients generally feel challenged in completing any fast. As advised for such patients and people of more than 50 years of age, not to remain empty stomach for continuously 2 hours, so, recharge yourself with this juice.

2. Fruit-infused water

Fruit infused water can be made using fruits like watermelon + mint leaves, mint + kiwi, papaya, cucumber + lemon and many more options can be made similarly. This is a trick of incorporating required liters of water into your body and hydrating every cell of your body.

3. Coconut Water

Coconut water is a rich source of micronutrients like potassium and magnesium. Take one coconut’s water by squeezing one lemon juice in it. This will instantly supply your body with energy and nutrients while replenishing the fluid loss during hot summer fasting days. Care must be taken. It is advised to consume it only thrice in a week. 

4. Fruit Juices

Fruit juices made by pressing fresh fruits at home are a wonderful option for replenishing fluids along with nutrients in your body. Watermelon, kiwi, pomegranate, apple, etc are on-the-go options during fasts. 

5. Green tea

Other than regular tea, you can opt for green tea which is a good detox drink early in the morning. 

6. Lemon tea

Lemon tea is another detox drink that can be substituted with other caffeine drinks.

Sawan Fasting Shakes to Beat the Hunger 

  1. Mango shake: Mangos are flooded in the markets during Shravan month. Mango shakes made in low-fat milk may provide you with satiety for at least two hours. Make a shake by using one small-sized or ½ full-sized mango in 170-200 ml of low-fat milk. Top it with nuts.
  2. Banana shake: Combining bananas with milk is the healthiest option that one can choose during fasts. It is very nutritious and satiating. Make a shake by using one ripe banana and 200 ml of low-fat milk.
  3. Gond katira shake: Take 100 ml milk, 2-3 tsp of overnight soaked gond katira, 6-7 pieces of soaked and peeled almonds, and ½ tsp mixed melon seeds. Blend it and make up the volume to one glass by adding water. This shake is a heat-quenching mix that protects the liver from various diseases during hot summer days. It is also ideal for hypertensive patients. 

Main Course Meal Options for Sawan Fasting

1. Gur Chawal 

Gur Rice, also known as Jaggery Rice or Gur wale Chawal, is a traditional Indian Sweet dish made with jaggery and rice. Jaggery, also called gur, is a type of unrefined sugar commonly used in Indian Cuisine. It is made from sugarcane juice or palm sap and has a rich, caramel-like flavour.

2. Makhana Kheer

Makhana kheer, also known as lotus seed pudding is a delicious and creamy Indian dessert made with fox nuts, milk, and jaggery and flavored with cardamom and nuts.

3. Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana kheer is a creamy and delicious Indian dessert made with tapioca pearls (sabudana), milk, and sugar, and flavored with cardamom and nuts. It is commonly prepared during fasting or as a sweet dish for festive occasions. Here’s a recipe for making sabudana kheer:


  1. Sabudana (tapioca pearls) – ½ c
  2. Milk – 4 cups
  3. Jaggery (adjust to taste) – ½ c
  4. Cardamom powder – 1/4th tsp
  5. A handful of chopped nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, and cashews) for garnishing
  6. Saffron strands (optional)

How to make Sabudana Kheer:

  • Rinse the sabudana under running water until the water runs clear. Then soak the sabudana in water for about 2-3 hours. Drain the water and keep aside.
  • In a heavy-bottomed pan, heat the milk and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let the milk simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the soaked sabudana to the simmering milk and cook on low heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until the sabudana pearls turn translucent and soft. Keep stirring.
  • Add jaggery to the pan and mix well until it dissolves completely. Continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes until the kheer thickens to the desired consistency.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well again. If desired, you can also add a few strands of saffron for additional flavor and color.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let the kheer cool down to room temperature. It will thicken further as it cools.
  • Once cooled, transfer the sabudana kheer to serving bowls or glasses. Garnish with chopped nuts of your choice, such as almonds, pistachios, and cashews.
  • You can serve the sabudana kheer chilled or at room temperature. If you prefer it chilled, refrigerate it for a few hours before serving.

4. Bajarbhang Kheer

Wash one katori (70 g) bajarbhang and add it to 1 litre milk. Add 2 crushed cardamoms and let the milk boil for 10 minutes. Keep stirring. Put off the flame and add 20 g of jaggery and 10 pieces of soaked, peeled, and chopped almonds to it. 

5. Seul Kheer

Wash one Katori (70 g) seul and add it to one litre of low-fat milk. Also, add 2 pieces of crushed cardamom to it. Let the milk boil for ten minutes at low flame. Keep stirring. After ten minutes when the milk seems thickened and the seul has been mixed well, put off the flame. Now add 20 g jaggery, ten soaked, peeled, and chopped almonds to it. 

6. Sweet Pancakes

The flour can be chosen from a list of flours that are given as – Rajgira flour, Kuttu flour, Samo, Singhara, and millets (like kodo, finger, proso, pearl, barnyard millet, etc). it may vary from region to region as to which flour is allowed to be consumed and which is not. In some areas, even people eat whole wheat flour and sooji as well. So, it completely depends on your faith. 

Sweet jaggery pancakes are a delicious and indulgent treat made with jaggery (gur), flour, and a few other ingredients. These pancakes have a rich and caramel-like flavor from the jaggery and are perfect for a sweet breakfast or dessert. Here’s a recipe for making sweet jaggery pancakes:


  1. Flour (of choice) – 1 cup
  2. Grated jaggery (gur) – 1/4th c
  3. Baking powder – ½ tsp
  4. Cardamom powder – 1/4th tsp
  5. Salt- A pinch
  6. Milk – 3/4th c
  7. Ghee (clarified butter), melted – 1 tbsp
  8. Chopped nuts or grated coconut for garnishing (optional)

How to make Sweet Jaggery Pancake:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, jaggery, baking powder, cardamom powder, and salt.
  • Gradually add the milk to the dry ingredients and whisk until you have a smooth batter. Add the melted ghee and mix again until well combined. Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes to allow it to slightly thicken.
  • Heat a non-stick pan. Grease it with some ghee or oil.
  • Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the hot pan and spread it gently into a round shape using the back of the ladle. Cook the pancake for about 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on the surface.
  • Flip the pancake and cook the other side for another 1-2 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.
  • Remove the pancake from the pan.
  • Garnish the sweet jaggery pancakes with chopped nuts or grated coconut, if desired.
  • Serve the pancakes warm as is or with a drizzle of honey, maple syrup, or a dollop of whipped cream. You can also enjoy them with a side of fresh fruits for a healthier option.

7. Gur Chapatis

Gur chapati, also known as jaggery roti, is a sweet and flavorful Indian flatbread made with jaggery (gur), whole wheat flour, and a few spices. It is a popular dish, especially during the winter season. Here’s a recipe for making gur chapati:


  1. Whole wheat flour – 1 c
  2. Grated jaggery (gur) – 1/4th c
  3. Cardamom powder – 1/4th tsp
  4. Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tbsp
  5. Water (as needed)
  6. Ghee or oil for cooking the chapatis

How to make Gur Chapatis:

  • In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, grated jaggery, cardamom powder, and ghee. Mix them well together.
  • Slowly add water to the mixture and knead it into a soft dough. Adjust the water as needed. The dough should be smooth. Let the dough rest for 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Divide the dough into small quantities and roll each portion into a ball. Dust the dough balls with flour to prevent sticking.
  • Heat a tawa. Take a dough ball and flatten it slightly with your hands.
  • Roll out the dough ball into a round chapati, approximately 6-7 inches in diameter, using a rolling pin and dusting with flour as needed.
  • Place the rolled chapati on the heated tawa and cook for about 30 seconds or until you start to see small bubbles forming on the surface.
  • Flip the chapati and cook the other side for another 30 seconds. Apply some ghee or oil on this side.
  • Flip the chapati again and cook for a few more seconds until it puffs up and gets golden brown spots.
  • Remove the cooked gur chapati from the tawa and place it on a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining dough balls.
  • Serve the gur chapati hot with a side of yogurt or pickle. You can also enjoy it as is.

8. Pethe ka halwa (Pumpkin ka Halwa)

Kaddu ka Halwa or pumpkin halwa is a popular Indian dessert made with pumpkin. Jaggery, ghee, milk, and flavored with cardamom and nuts. It’s a sweet and rich dessert that is often prepared during festivals and special occasions.

9. Ghiya ka Halwa

Ghiya ka halwa, also known as bottle gourd halwa, is a delicious and popular Indian dessert made with grated bottle gourd, jaggery, ghee, and milk, and flavored with cardamom and nuts. It is a sweet treat that is often made during festivals or special occasions. Here’s a basic recipe for making ghiya ka halwa:


  1. Grated bottle gourd (ghiya/lauki) – 2 cups
  2. Ghee (clarified butter) – 4 tbsp
  3. Milk – 2 cups
  4. Jaggery (adjust to taste) – ½ c
  5. Cardamom powder – ½ tsp
  6. A handful of chopped nuts (such as almonds, pistachios, and cashews) for garnishing
  7. Saffron strands (optional)

How to make Ghiya Ka Halwa:

  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pan or a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add ghee and let it melt.
  • Add the grated bottle gourd (ghiya) to the pan and sauté it in ghee for 5-7 minutes until it becomes soft and starts to release its moisture.
  • Add milk to the pan and lower the flame. Cook the bottle gourd in the milk on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the milk reduces and thickens.
  • Add jaggery to the pan and mix well. Continue cooking and stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens further. This should take another 10-15 minutes.
  • Add cardamom powder and mix well. If desired, you can also add a few strands of saffron for added flavor and color.
  • In a separate small pan, heat a tablespoon of ghee and fry the chopped nuts until they turn golden brown. Set aside.
  • Once the bottle gourd mixture reaches a halwa-like consistency and starts to leave the sides of the pan, remove it from the heat.
  • Garnish the ghiya ka halwa with the fried nuts and mix them in lightly.
  • Serve the halwa warm or at room temperature.
 Know the Important Dates, Significance and Other Rituals and Festivals

The holy month of Shravan, also known as Sawan, has arrived, and with it come several significant fasts and celebrations. The entire month is considered sacred by Hindus, and offerings to Lord Shiva and Parvati are made every day. Those who follow the Sawan Somwar fast are said to be blessed with good luck, prosperity, money, and the fulfilment of desires and are hence extensively observed by Lord Shiva worshippers throughout the nation. On these Mondays of the Hindu lunar month of Shravan, unmarried girls pray for a good husband while married women pray for the well-being of their families.

The first day of Sawan this year was July 4th, and the last day will be August 31st. On July 10th, the first Sawan Somwar fast will begin, and on August 28th, , the fast will end.


Vrats (fasting on Mondays) is a key part of the Sawan month. Devotees do fasting till sundown and light Diyas every night throughout this month. There is a religious significance to the Sawan Somwar fast, but it also provides a significant chance to recover the digestive system. We may improve our health and our ability to meditate and worship Lord Shiva by eating more satwik foods such as vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and dairy products like milk, curd, and paneer.

Vedic astrologers believe that when the Sun moves into the sign of Leo, the month of Sawan begins. According to the Lunar Calendar, the New Moon marks the beginning of the sacred month. It is thought that during this sacred month, the cosmic components associated with Shiva are amplified, resulting in a purification of the individual on all levels.

Rituals and Festivals

Milk, holy Ganga water, flowers, fruits, and bael leaves are brought to the temple every Monday of the month as offerings to Shiva. The goddess Parvati receives special worship on Tuesdays. During this month, followers of Drik Panchang observe the Tuesday fast known as Mangal Gauri Vrat.

Kanwar Yatra

The Kanwar Yatra is an important part of the celebration of the holy month of worshipping Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati. The Kanwariyas who take part wear their traditional saffron robes and walk barefoot to several religious destinations in Uttarakhand and Bihar, including Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri. They’re on their way to the Ganga to collect holy water, a pilgrimage that represents their devotion to Lord Shiva.

Important Dates

The Sawan festival will run for 59 days this year, with eight Sawan Mondays instead of the usual four.

Sawan Start Date: July 4,

First Sawan Somwar: July 10,

Sawan Adhik Maas Start Date: July 18,

Sawan Adhik Maas End Date: August 16,

Last or Eighth Sawan Somwar: August 28,

Sawan End Date: August 31,

Monday Fast – Rituals, Method, and Benefits

Monday fasting is observed in the name of Lord Shiva. The word Somvar is derived from the Sanskrit word Soma which means Moon meaning the Hindu deity Moon. Also, Lord Shiva is known as ‘Someshvara’ as he wears a crescent moon shape on his matted hair. Somwar Vrat is observed on Monday to please Lord Someshwar and also fulfills his wishes. Even though this fast is observed on any Monday, the Hindu calendar mentions special Mondays in which Mondays are very popular on the new moon day. Yes, the first Monday after the new moon of any month is very popular. This month is known for the Shivaratri festival. When no lunar day or Amavasya falls on Monday, then fasting on Monday is considered very correct. It is also called ‘Somavati Amavasya’.

Somwar Vrat is observed in different ways in different states of India. In Maharashtra, Gujarat, and the northern states of India, the Hindu months are Shravan and July to August according to the Gregorian calendar. In the South Indian states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, the Mondays falling in the Hindu month of Kartik are considered sacred. Whereas in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, the Monday in the month of Tamil month Karthigai (November-December) is considered auspicious and is celebrated as ‘Karthikai Somavaram’.

Monday Fasting Method 

Somwar Vrat starts from sunrise on Monday. One who observes this fast should wake up in the morning and meditate on Lord Shiva. Thereafter after taking a holy bath, devotees offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Also, the one who observes fast should wear a white colored dress on this day.

Apart from this, special worship of Lord Shiva is done on this day, offerings are offered. Devotees also offer Bhasma (Vibhuti) and Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva on the day of this fast as these are considered to be the favorites of the Lord. Naivedya or special food offerings are also offered on this day. While offering white flowers on Shivling is also very important.

Later in the evening, Somwar Vrat Katha is read. Devotees chant ‘O Namah Shivaya’ while worshiping. One who observes the Monday fast can fast completely or can have one meal afternoon. While devotees can observe a partial fast by eating Sabudana khichdi or fruits.

Devotees end their fast the next day after performing the usual morning rituals and prayers. Then the Prasad is distributed among other devotees. Usually, devotees observing Monday fast visit any Lord Shiva temple in the morning and evening. If however, this is not possible, the prayer can be done at their home itself.

Monday Rituals 

Devotees wake up early in the morning to take bath and go to the temple. They fast on Mondays. Abhishek is done on Shivling with water, milk, curd, honey, sugar, etc. Bilva leaves are offered on Shivling. Devotees worship Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Shiva mantras are chanted. Food is donated to cows, fish, and birds. Charity work is considered very auspicious.

Monday Fasting Benefits  

Although everyone benefits from fasting on Monday, there is something different you should know. Let us tell that young unmarried girls observe this fast to get a good husband. While married couples also observe the fast and offer prayers to a divine couple of Shiva and Parvati and seek peaceful family life. It is said that the observer of Somvar Vrat is blessed to enjoy all the pleasures of the world. With this fast, there is always peace and happiness in the house and that is why it is kept by countless devotees today.

About Shravan Somwar Vrat

In the month of Shravan (July – August), Mondays are considered highly prosperous for offering prayers to Lord Shiva. It is said that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping him during normal days. Millions of devotees observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.

Legend of Shravan Somwar :

Shravan Maas is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped with full dedication and commitment. Devotees observe fast on this day to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The legend of Shravan Somwar is associated with Lord Shiva when Samudra Manthan took place i.e, churning of ocean. While churning the ocean, the Halahal called as poison came out which was consumed by Lord Shiva. He stored the poison in the throat due to which his throat turned into blue. Since then, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkantha. To diminish the poison’s impact, Lord Shiva wore crescent moon on his heas. To weaken the effect of poison the Gods and people started offering the water to Lord Shiva from the Holy Ganges to Lord Shiva.

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Shravam Maas Puja :

Shravan is believed as the most sanctified month of the year. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calender known as sawan and also known as the first month of Chatur Mas – the four holiest months in Hindu Hindi Calendar. On Purnima day the nakshatra ‘Shravan’ rules the sky, hence the month is said as Shravan.

Rituals and Customs of Shravan Maas Puja :

Perform Abhishek :

1) Doodhabishek i.e. offering milk to Lord Shiva,

2) Devotees should offer honey, ghee and sugarcane to attain wealth,

3) Perform abhishek with milk, water, curd, ghee, honey, sugar, Ganga Water etc

Offering Belpatra :

1) Offering belpatra to Lord Shiva provides relief from diseases,

2) Offer Darbh (a king of grass) to attain relief from disease,

3) Offering 100 neelkamal to Lord Shiva

Offering Datura :

Offering datura, Bhaang anf Shriphal are considered favourable

Ganga Jal :

Offer Ganga Jal to Shivlinga. Ganga Jal purifies the soul and provides soul relief from the bad deeds done. Ganga jal offering helps the devotees to attain Mokasha

Chant Shiva Mantra :

Chanting “Om Namah Shivay, Mahamritunjay mantra and reciting strotas helps a person to lead a peaceful life

Benefits of Shravan Maas Puja :

To reduce the malefic effect of afflicted moon

To eliminate the malefic effect of Shravan Nakshatra

To make it powerful and beneficial

To attain a healthy mind and good spirit in the life

People born under Shravan Nakshatra get immense benefit.

Significance of Shravan Maas :

Monday: Day of Lord Shiva

Tuesday: Day of Gauri

Wednesday: Day of Vishnu or Krishna

Thursday: Day of Buddh and Guru

Friday: Day of Laxmi and Tulsi.

Saturday: Day of Lord Shani.

Sunday: Day of God Sun.