Shravan Somvar Vrat (First Monday of Shravan Month) is 25th Monday, 2016
The starting day of the Shravan week, Monday is considered as a very important day dedicated to Lord Shiva. The devotees at ShivaShiva
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temples on Monday get the blessings of the merciful Lord, who can remove all the difficulties and fulfill all the wishes. Sixteen Monday fast is one of the most popular Vrat observances in Hindus dedicated to Lord Shiva. Being the supreme Lord of Shiva, the devotees follow the fasting over Sixteen consecutive Mondays, which is also known as ‘Solah Somvar Vrat’.
Monday Fast is for Married and Unmarried Women
How to Observe Sixteen Monday Fasting?
1 - It is expected that the devotees must keep their heart pure, full of devotion.
2 - Wake up very early in the morning on the day of fast (Monday) and take a bath and go to the Puja room and start the Puja to Lord Shiva picture or idol or a Shivling.
3 - Clean the altar, light the lamp with the help of gingelly oil. Decorate the idol or picture with Chandan and flowers. Chant Lord Shiva's names and offer flowers.
4 - At the end of the Puja, offer betel leaves, nuts, coconut, fruits and the sweet dish that you have prepared at home.
5 - Listen to the 16 Somvar Vrat Katha and conclude the Puja with the waving of camphor and prostrating before the altar.
6 - After the Puja, you need to keep fasting for the whole day. You might continue your regular routine, Whether it is household tasks or going to the office.
In this way, the Vrat observance has to go on for sixteen Mondays.