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Sawan: Raining Of God’s Endless Favor

The auspicious dates of month Sawan in 2017 are here. Blessings and divinity showers on devotees in the month of Sawan. This month beautifies the souls of devotees and the nature around. Make the most of this very special month of Shravan and be a part of God’s endless favor .

Sawan : Significance Of This Holy Month

Sawan in 2017 is considered to be a sacred month for worshiping Lord Shiva.Sawan month or Shravan month holds a great significance and is considered to be the most sacred month, according to Hindu mythology. This month is blessed with the blessings of different gods, especially Lord Shiva.

Shravan is the fifth month, according to the traditional Hindu calendar , which falls during the Gregorian months of July-August. According to Purnimant calendar, Sawan month in 2017 is going to start from 10 July and will continue till 07 August. The month is called Shravan or Sawan because Shravana Nakshatra (constellation) appears in sky during this month.

Sawan month is considered to be the most auspicious month for worshiping Lord Shiva. He showers his limitless favor on his devotees in the month of Savan. Along with the special Savan Somwar (Mondays) and Savan Shivratri, the whole month of Sawan holds great significance for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. Savan also celebrates the divinity of Lord Vishnu, Lord Krishna, and Maa Lakshmi. So, come, let’s read about the significance of Sawan. Here are some important dates and days of the festivals during Sawan:

Sawan: Important Dates & Festivals In 2017

Here are the different important dates and days according to the northern parts of India in the month Sawan in 2017. As different days and dates of Sawan month are blessed with the blessings of different lords, let’s read about them in detail.

Following are the dates of the festivals that will be observed in the Northern part of the country during Shravan month in 2017.

Date Day Festival
July 10, 2017 Monday First day of Sawan Month
July 17, 2017 Monday Sawan Somvar Vrat
July 19, 2017 Wednesday Kamika Ekadashi
July 24, 2017 Monday Sawan Somvar Vrat
July 26, 2017 Wednesday Hariyali Teej
July 27, 2017 Thursday Nag Panchami
July 31, 2017 Monday Sawan Somvar Vrat
August 3, 2017 Thursday Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
August 4, 2017 Friday Varalakshmi Vrat
August 7, 2017 Monday Last day of Sawan Month/ Raksha Bandhan

On the other hand, below mentioned are the dates of the festivals that will be observed in the southern part of the country too, during the Shravan Month in 2017.

Date Day Festival
July 26, 2017 Wednesday Hariyali Teej
July 27, 2017 Thursday Nag Panchami
August 3, 2017 Thursday Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
August 4, 2017 Friday Varalakshmi Vrat
August 7, 2017 Monday Narali Purnima

  1. Mondays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Sawan Somvar Vrat are observed by all the devotees to honor Lord Shiva.
  2. Tuesdays of Sawan month are dedicated to Maa Gauri. Mangala Gauri Vrat (fast) are observed by newlywed females on this day.
  3. Wednesdays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Krishna or Lord Vishnu.
  4. Thursdays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Guru (Budha Graha).
  5. Fridays of Sawan month are dedicated to Maa Lakshmi. Varalakshmi Vrat or Saavn Shukrawar Vrat is observed by married women for the well being of their family.
  6. Saturdays of Sawan month are dedicated to Lord Shani or Shani Dev. Sampat Shaniwar Vrat is observed by those who want to reduce or escape the bad effects of Shani.

After knowing about the different days, dates, and occasions of month Saavn, let’s now read about the significance of Mondays in month Saavan in 2017.

Sawan Somvar Vrat

It is believed that performing Sawan Somvar Vrat produces highly auspicious results. Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati are worshiped during these fasts in the month of Savan. Lord Shiva blesses his devotees with the boon of desired wishes.

There are mainly three kinds of Somvar Vrats (fasts) according to the ancient stories. These are Somvar, Solah Somvar, and Somya Pradosh. The starting of Solah Somvar or Somvar Vrat in the month of Saavan is considered as highly auspicious. The Puja Vidhi or Vrat Vidhi (method of fasting) is similar in all kinds of fasts.

Sawan Somvar Vrat starts from the sunrise and continues till the third Prahar (evening) of the day. The devotee who observes the fast can consume the meal (Satvik Khana) once a day, after listening or reciting the Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha.

Here are some points that a devotee should keep in mind, while performing Sawan Somvar Vrat.

  1. Get up early in the morning to perform Sawan Somvar Vrat.
  2. Perform all the morning rituals like bathing and wearing clean clothes.
  3. Clean the Puja Sthan (place where Puja is to be performed).
  4. Perform Shiva Puja and take Sankalp (pledge) that you will perform the Sawan Somvar Vrat with full dedication and devotion. Mantra that is used for taking the Sankalp is: ‘ मम क्षेमस्थैर्यविजयारोग्यैश्वर्याभिवृद्धयर्थं सोमव्रतं करिष्ये'.
  5. After that, do meditation by taking the name of Lord Shiva with full devotion. Following Mantra can be used while meditating: ध्यायेन्नित्यंमहेशं रजतगिरिनिभं चारुचंद्रावतंसं रत्नाकल्पोज्ज्वलांग परशुमृगवराभीतिहस्तं प्रसन्नम्‌। पद्मासीनं समंतात्स्तुतममरगणैर्व्याघ्रकृत्तिं वसानं विश्वाद्यं विश्ववंद्यं निखिलभयहरं पंचवक्त्रं त्रिनेत्रम्‌ ॥
  6. In the evening, take bath once again and clean the Puja Sthan (place for performing Puja) before worshiping Lord Shiva.
  7. Worship Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati with full devotion.
  8. Listen or recite Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha.
  9. Do the Aarti of Lord Shiva.
  10. Distribute Prasadam (sacred food) among other devotees or family members.
  11. Now, you can consume the food for fast (Satvik Khana).

By following the above given points, the fast of Saawan Somvaar can be observed during Sawan.

Now, let’s read what auspicious outcomes can be obtained by performing Sawan Somvar Vrat with full devotion.

Benefits Of Sawan Somvar Vrat

  1. All the tensions and imperfections of life will vanish after performing Sawan Somvar Vrat.
  2. Lord Shiva blesses unmarried ladies with their desired husbands, if they perform the Sawan Somvar Vrat with utter devotion.
  3. Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati bless their devotees with wealth and prosperity.
  4. Lord Shiva fulfills all the wishes and desires of his devotees.
  5. Married ladies observe Sawan Somvar Vrat for the well being of their husbands and sons.

Observe Sawan Somvar Vrats and earn the blessings of Lord Shiva.

Sawan 2017: Why We Worship Lord Shiva During Sawan?

According to the traditional stories, churning of the ocean (Samudra Manthan) took place in the month of Shravan or Saavan. Different precious items came out from the ocean that were equally distributed among the gods and demons. But, some items were of those kind also, which were not expected by any of gods or demons, like poison (Halahala).

So, to save the world from the bad effects of poison, Lord Shiva consumed poison and stored it in his throat. His throat turned blue, because of the dark color of poison. Due to this reason, Lord Shiva was attributed as Neelkanth. In order to honour Lord Shiva for consuming poison and saving the world, the whole month of Sawan (Shravan) is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Sawan: Significance Of This Holy Month

Sawan is also known as the month in which the weather becomes pleasant all around. It seems as if nature is regaining its beauty and freshness in the month of Sawan or Shravan once again. Rainy season begins and the earth feels relieved after the hot season of Summer. It appears as the whole universe is devoting itself to Lord Shiva by pouring water on him in the form of rain. Water level on earth also increases in the month of Saawan.

Sawan holds a great significance for the devotees of each lord who is paid homage during this month. All the wishes and desires of devotees' get fulfilled, who worship with full faith and devotion. Lord Shiva showers his blessings and favor in the month of Sawan or Shravan. Devotees carry Kavad on their shoulders to pay their reverence to Lord Shiva. Now, let’s take a summarized view and know what is a Kavad.

Kawad is a rod or stick, whose both ends are tied up with pots. These pots are used for fetching the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar. Kavadiya or the devotees of Lord Shiva, prepare and decorate these Kavadas at their homes and carry them all the way to Haridwar. They also have to take care that the Kavad filled with holy water of river Ganga should not touch the ground.

The holy water of the river Ganga is used by them for Abhishek (coronation) of Lord Shiva's Lingam in their local area's temple. Some Kavadias (Lord Shiva’s devotees) cover this journey by walking bare feet from their states, whether it is Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, or Punjab, and some also use the means of transport such as buses or trains to reach Haridwar. They carry special Shravan images of Lord Shiva and sing special Saavan songs.

How can we forget to talk about the significance of Saawan month for the unmarried ladies? Unmarried women observe Sawan Somvar Vrat to get their desired husbands. It is believed that Maa Parvati observed the fasts of Saawan Somvar to get Lord Shiva as her husband in her 108th birth. Since, Monday is considered to be the day of Lord Shiva and thus, its significance doubles up during the month of Saawan or Shravan (the month of Lord Shiva). Ladies sing special Sawan songs for adding on the divinity and beauty in the month Saavn.

Every year, Sawan come again with the same enormous significance.

Savan: How To Worship Lord Shiva in Savan?

Worshiping Lord Shiva during Saawan Somwar is considered 108 times more favorable than normal days. Lord Shiva fulfills all the wishes of his devotees.

Similar methods are adopted by Lord Shiva devotees' to please him. This includes pouring of Panchamrit (milk, curd, honey, sugar, and Ghee) for Lingam Abhishek. After that, special offerings of flowers, sandalwood, dry fruits, Bel Patra (Angelo Marmelos), and Datura etc. are made to Lord Shiva. Other than this, Puja-Aarti should be done with Kapur (camphor) and Dhoop (incense sticks). All the desires of Lord Shiva devotees' are fulfilled by observing the Sawan Somwar Vrat.

Sawan Somvar Vrat Katha is also given importance, which is recited and chanted during the Somvar Vrat Katha ceremony.

Read out these important points and know how to worship Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan:

  1. Pouring Ganga Jal on Shiva Lingam helps in attaining Moksha (salvation).
  2. Wearing Rudraksha during the month of Sawan is highly beneficial for getting the blessings of Lord Shiva.
  3. Offer him Bael Patra and Datura to get the blessings of Lord Shiva, as these are considered as the favorites of Lord Shiva.
  4. Chant Lord Shiva's Mantra – Om Namah Shivaya , 108 times a day i.e. one Mala (garland), to receive the peace of mind and blessings of Lord Shiva.
  5. Also, chant one Mala of Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra everyday, throughout the month of Shravan or Saawan.
  6. Listening and reciting of Shiva Stotra is also considered as highly auspicious.

The sacred Mantras of Lord Shiva, whose recitation can produce highly auspicious results are:

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra :

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मा मृतात् ।।

Meaning : Om, we worship the three eyed god, who nourishes all beings. May he frees us from the cycle of birth and death and bless us with Moksha .

Shiva Mantra :

ॐ नमः शिवाय

Meaning : We show respect and pay reverence to Lord Shiva .

Lords never let any pain or suffering come through the way of their devotees’ life. Worship them to get a life blessed with wealth and prosperity. Also, take full advantage of the sacred month of Sawan by worshiping Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.

Observe all the fasts with full devotion in the godly month of Sawan and stay blessed. All you need is to pay your devotion at the lord’s feet with a pure heart. With the incoming Sawan month, just as the rains fall down to water on the earth, in the same way, god will surely bestow his blessings on his devotees.

Have a happy and devotional Savan..!


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