Shravan Month Kanwar Yatra in 2016
Kanwad yatra 2016 - Haridwar Kanwar Mela 2016 - Kanwar Yatra in 2016 Date
Yatra Starts On: 20th July 2016 to 25 August 2016
Kanwar Yatra starts on the basis of traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India. In 2016, Kanwar Mela and Yatra starts on July 20. Kaavand or Kanwar Yatra is yearly pilgrimage journey of Lord Shiva’s devotees, which begin from Gomukh or Gangotri, from where devotees collect holy water ‘Ganga Jal’ from the Ganges river in small pots and carry it, to Neelkanth. There it is offered to lord Shiva. This Kanwar yatra takes place in the month of Shravan (Sawan) which falls in, July-August, in Hindu Lunar calendar.
This holy yatra was taken by the Hindu saints and sages in early years, but nowadays million of people, from Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, including a woman and children, has taken a participating in Yatra, and Kanwar Mela. On their way, the Kanwariyas chant ‘BOL BAM, BAM BAM’, ‘BAM BAM BHOLE or HAR HAR MAHADEV’ together.
What is Kanwar or Kavad?
The Kaavand or Kanwar is a bamboo with two water pots tied on both the side. This is kept on the shoulder as the devotees walk toward their destination. These devotees because of carrying this Kanvars on their shoulders are called Kanvariyas. The Kanwar Yatra festival held during the season of monsoon month Shrawan (July – August ).
Story behind Kanwar Yatra or Mela
According to Hindu Puranas, during ocean churning, Samundra Manthan, which took place in the month of Shravan or Sawan, fourteen kinds of treasures came out of it, which were accepted by Lord Vishnu, the Gods, and the Demons, and after released a number of Ratna from the Ocean of Milk one was the lethal poison known as Halahala (a poison), then Lord Shiva consumed the poison to protect the universe, and his wife Parvati seized Shiva's throat in an effort to prevent him from swallowing the poison. As a result, Shiva's throat turned to blue. For this reason, Lord Shiva is also called Neelakantha.
Kanwar Yatra festival dates between 2017 To 2023
2017 - Monday, 10 July 2017
2018 - Saturday, 28 July 2018
2019 - Wednesday, 17 July 2019
2020 - Monday, 6 July 2020
2021 - Friday, 23 July 2021
2022 - Thursday, 14 July 2022
2023 - Tuesday, 4 July 2023