Sawan Month of Bhagwan Shiv / सावन मास
Sawan or Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar.
It is an auspicious month which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and so it holds a special significance.
The whole month is considered auspicious to seek the blessing of Lord Shiva.
Mondays that fall during the Shravan month are considered pious and devotees keep fasts during Shravan month to please the deity.
Many Hindus fast every Monday to Lord Shiva and/or every Tuesday to Goddess Parvati.Fasting on Mondays of this month is known ‘Shravan Somwar’ or ‘Sawan Somwar Vrat’.
Many devotees observe sixteen Mondays or ‘Solah Somwar’ fasting from first Somwar of Sawan month.
Some people also keep fasts on Tuesdays. 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.
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
Lakshmi and Tulsi.
- Friday: for worshiping Lakshmi
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.
- and Tulsi.
- 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.