New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The holy month of Shravan, also known as ‘Sawan’ or ‘Avani’ in Tamil Nadu, is underway. Shravan is one of the most auspicious month in the Hindu religion, having a special significance to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Shravan is observed in July and August according to the Georgian calendar and is also considered as a month of “varsha” or rain. In this holy month, people across the country observe fast in honour of Lord Shiva and try to impress him to seek his blessings. Shravan also has a special significance to Mondays and it is believed that observing a fast on Mondays will help people seek Lord Shiva’s blessings.  

When will Shravan begin in 2020?

According to the Hindu calendar, Shravan Maas will begin from July 6 while it will end on August 19. Shravan Maas is considered very auspicious and people across the country observed fast on Mondays and Tuesdays of the holy month.

What are the important dates in Shravan 2020?

According to the Hindu calendar, the important dates of Shravan in 2020 are July 6 of the first Shravan Somwar, July 13 which will be the second Shravan Somwar, July 20 or the third Shravan Somwar, July 27 which will be the fourth Shravan Somwar and August 3 which will be the fifth and last Shravan Somwar. August 3 will also be the last day of the Shravan Maas.

Why is the month of Shravan considered holy and auspicious?

Shravan is considered as one of the holiest auspicious months in the Hindu religion. The Shravan Maas is auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva, who is also known as ‘Shambhu’, and his wife Goddess Parvati. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva on this day will help people get salvation and therefore special prayers are organised in temples to please him.

In the month of Shravan, various other festivals like Naga Panchami, Shravani Purnima, Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Govatsa, Raksha Bandhan, Kalkyavatara, Putradaikadashi and Rishi Panchami are celebrated.

What is the importance of worshipping Lord Shiva in this month?

According to legends, Samudra Manthan – churning of the ocean by the devatas and asura – to get Amrit was started in this month. However, during the process, ‘halahala’ or poison was also churned out which started destroying all kinds of life forms on earth. To stop this, the Gods and the demons prayed to Lord Shiva who then drank that poison and saved the world. Therefore, Lord Shiva is worshipped in the month of Shravan as a gesture of gratitude.

What is the benefit of worshipping Lord Shiva in Shravan?

It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva on this day will help his devotees seek salvation. However, according to some legends, it is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva on Sawan Maah by unmarried women will help them get a suitable spouse. Therefore, unmarried women observe 16 Somvar vrat on the first Monday of the Shravan month every year to find a suitable and deserving life partner. Thus to worship Lord Shiva on this day, his devotees observe fast and offer milk, water, and bilva leaves to the almighty. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma