According to the Hindu calendar, the month from mid-July to mid-August is called Shravan and all the fasts observed on Mondays in this month are known as Shravan Somawar Vrat. Vrat is the Hindi term of fast . It is a process in which devotees do not consume food or/and water on the days dedicated to the Gods they believe in, to show their dedication and to gain health and prosperity This month and all the Mondays are dedicated to Lord ShivaShiva
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Samudhra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan. When various products came out of the ocean as the result of the efforts of Gods and demons alike, they were equally distributed among them. But one product which could not be accepted by either of the parties was Halahal. Shiva decided to drink the poison. It turned his throat blue and thus, he saved the universe from destruction. Therefore this month and the Somwar fasts are observed to honor him and to show him gratitude.
How to Observe a Fast
People wake up early in the morning and take bath, followed by performing purification rituals. They chant Shiva’s name throughout the day. Devotees visit the temples and offer prayers to GaneshaGanesha
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People observe fasts the whole day, although some people opt for partial fast and may consume fruits. They prefer wearing white clothes. Some end their fasts in the evening after praying to Shiva and some observe the fast for twenty four hours and consume food the next morning. People also distribute Prasad It is the sacred food that is distributed after an auspicious event or day after offering it to the Godson this occasion.Recitation of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindor ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ is considered very auspicious. Devotees can even read Shiva Purana. A sacred text dedicated to Lord Shiva and has the details of creation, preservation and destruction of the universe
Temples are often decorated with lights and flowers. People sing hymns in the praise of the deity. People might also prefer staying vigil throughout the night and keep reciting Shiva’s name and meditate.
Benefits of Observing the Fast
People who observe this fast, gain wisdom and intellect. Couples who want to have a son or who are expecting a baby, also find these fasts significant. Unmarried girls observe this fast to please Shiva and gain a devoted husband like him. Wealth and prosperity can also be gained. Married ladies keep the fasts for the well-being of their husbands and their long life. These fasts are also known as Sawan Somwar Vrats.
Various parts of India like Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh follow the Amavasyant calendar according to which the lunar month ends on a no moon day and other states like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar follow the Purnimant calendar according to which the lunar month ends on a full moon day. This difference in calendars provide difference in the beginning and ending of the Shravan.
According to Purnimant Lunar calendar, the first day of Shravana month is 1st August 2015 and the last day is 29th August 2015.
03rd August 2015, 10th August 2015, 17th August 2015 and 24th August 2015 are the four consecutive Mondays that fall in between the month.
According to Amavasyant Lunar calendar, the first day of the Shravana month is 15th August 2015 and the last day is 13th September 2015.
17th August 2015, 24th August 2015, 31st August 2015 and 07th September 2015 are the four consecutive Mondays that fall between the month.