Importance of Shravan Somvar during Shravan

Importance of Shravan Somvar during Shravan

In the Hindu calendar, Shravan is the month dedicated to Lord Shiva. The entire month is considered auspicious to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva. Every Monday of Shravan is called as Shravan Somvaar which is extremely auspicious for worship of this desire fulfilling deity. Lord Shiva is Someshwar.
Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar which falls during July-August.
Significance of Shravan Somwar
Mondays of Shravan month are considered most auspicious for Shiv Puja and observing a fast. In Hindu mythology, Monday is a day devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva. Devotees keep a fast till sunset, perform Rudra Abhishek and offer Bel Patra. They also recite Shiv Chalisa and Maha Mrutunjaya Mantra Jaap is done.
Many devotees observe a 16 Monday fast, popularly called as Solah Somwar Vrat, starting from the first Monday of Shravan.
It is believed observing Vrat (fasts) on Shravan Somvar are beneficial for unmarried girls. Both married and unmarried women observe a fast, however for different reasons. For unmarried women, the Shravan Somvar Vrat is kept to find their ideal life partner and for married women, they fast for a long life of their husbands and also to ensure a happy marital life. By observing a fast on Mondays during Shravan and worshipping Lord Shiva is believed to fulfill desires and devotees are blessed with peace, prosperity and abundance.
Shravan Somwar Dates:
There is a difference of fifteen days in starting dates of Shravan depending on the calendar which is followed in the region.
In the states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu the Amavasyant Lunar calendar is followed, whereas in the Northern States of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and Jharkhand the Purnimant calendar is followed. In some parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, Shravan Somwar is observed as per the Solar Calendar.
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand
July 22, 2019, Monday First Shravan Somwar Vrat
July 29, 2019, Monday Second Shravan Somwar Vrat
August 5, 2019, Monday Third Shravan Somwar Vrat
August 12, 2019, Monday Fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
August 5, 2019, Monday First Shravan Somwar Vrat
August 12, 2019, Monday Second Shravan Somwar Vrat
August 19, 2019, Monday Third Shravan Somwar Vrat
August 26, 2019, Monday Fourth Shravan Somwar Vrat
Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates for Nepal and some parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
July 22, 2019, Monday First Shravan Somwar
July 29, 2019, Monday Second Shravan Somwar
August 5, 2019, Monday Third Shravan Somwar
August 12, 2019, Monday Fourth Shravan Somwar
Importance of Shravan Somvar Dates

22/7/2019– श्रावन कृष्णपक्ष पंचमी, दिन सोमवार, रुद्राभिषेक, श्रावण सोमवार व्रतं, उमा- महेश्वर पूजनं|

On Shravan Krishna Paksha, the 5th day of Shravan, Monday, Nitya Shiv Darshan, Shravan Somvaar Vratam, Uma-Maheshwar Puja

29/7/2019– श्रावन कृष्णपक्ष द्वादशी, दिन सोमवार, सोम प्रदोष व्रत, सायंकाल में लघुरुद्राभिषेक, उमा – महेश्वर पूजा, सहस्त्र बिल्वपत्र अर्चना, शिव महिम्न स्तोत्र पाठ, शिव सहस्त्रनाम युक्त कमल पुष्प अर्चना |

On Shravan Krishna Paksha, the 12th day of Shravan, Monday, Som Pradosh Vrat, in the evening Laghu Rudrabhishek, Uma – Maheshwar Puja, Bilwa Patra Archana, recitation of Shiv Mahimna Stotra, Shiv Sahastranaam with offering of Lotus flowers.

5/8/2019– श्रावण शुक्लपक्ष पंचमी, दिन सोमवार, नागपंचमी, श्रावण सोमवार व्रत, पार्थिव शिवलिंग पूजन, लघुरुद्र करना लाभप्रद, शिव तांडव और शिवमहिम्न स्तोत्र का पाठ| नवनाग स्तोत्र का पाठ करने से व्यक्ति सर्प भय से मुक्ति पाता है एवं सर्वत्र विजयी होता है |

नवनाग स्तोत्रं :|| अनन्तं वासुकिं शेषं पद्मनाभं च कम्बलं
शङ्खपालं धार्तराष्ट्रं तक्षकं कालियं तथा ||
एतानि नव नामानि नागा नाम च महात्मनां
सायं काले पठेन्नित्यं प्रातः काले विशेषतः
तस्मै: विषं भयं नास्ति, सर्वत्र विजयी भवेत्

On the 5th day of Shukla Paksha of Shravan, Monday, Naag Panchami, Shravan Somvaar Vrat, Parthiv Shivling Puja, performing Laghu Rudrabhishek and reciting Shiv Tandav and Shiv Mahimna Stotra are beneficial on this day. By recitation of Nav Naag Stotra one overcomes the fear of snakes and gains victory over enemies.

Nav Naag Stotram:Anantam Vasukim Shesham Padmanabham Cha Kambalam
Shankhpaalam Dhartarastram Takshkam Kaliyam Tatha
Etani Nav Namani Nagaa Naam Cha Mahatmanam
Sayam Kaale Pathenityam Praathah Kaale Visheshtah
Tasmayeh Visham Bhayam Naasti Sarvatra Vijayi Bhavet

12/8/2019– श्रावण शुक्लपक्ष द्वादशी, दिन सोमवार, सोम प्रदोष व्रत, सायंकाल में लघुरुद्राभिषेक, उमा – महेश्वर पूजा, सहस्त्र बिल्वपत्र अर्चना, शिव महिम्न स्तोत्र पाठ, शिव सहस्त्रनाम युक्त कमल पुष्प अर्चना |

On the 12th day of Shukla Paksha of Shravan, Monday, Som Pradosh Vrat, in the evening Laghu Rudrabhishek, Uma – Maheshwar Puja, Bilwa Patra Archana, recitation of Shiv Mahimna Stotra, Shiv Sahastranaam with offering of Lotus flowers.
Shravan Somwar Vrat – Rituals
Shravan Somvar Vrat are categorized as follows:
  • • Shravan Somvar fast that is observed every Monday during the month of Shravan
  • • Solah Somvar fast that is observed for sixteen consecutive Mondays starting from the first Monday of Shravan
  • • Saumya Pradosh which is observed till evening during Shravan
Devotees wake up early and after cleansing themselves visit a Shiva temple and offer milk and Bilwa leaves to the Shiva Lingam and chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ 108 times using Rudraksha Japamala or the ‘Mahamrityunjaya Mantra’. Shiv Puja is performed twice a day. Solah Somvar Vrat Katha or Shravan Somvar Vrat Katha is recited every Monday of the Shravan month. Wearing a Rudraksha during Shravan is considered auspicious and it is believed that Lord Shiva during the month of Shravan showers special blessings to the one who wears a Rudraksha. After the Puja, Prasad is distributed among the friends and family members.
Legend of Shravan Somwar
According to Scriptures, the churning of the ocean, known as Samudra Manthan took place during the month of Shravan. Samudra Manthan saw the emergence of fourteen gems from the ocean. Along with the gems it also brought out a deadly poison called Halahala. To save the universe from being destroyed by the poison, Lord Shiva drank the poison and for Him to not swallow the poison, Parvati held His throat. From then on, He came to be known as ‘Neelkantha’ as his throat turned blue with the poison. This led to the practice of observing Shravan Somvar Vrat as a mark of reverence to Lord Shiva.