Avery auspicious month according to the ancient scriptures, Shravan Maas falls somewhere during July to August. Shravana Nakshatra is the birthstar of Vishnu and falls on the full moon day during this time. So, this month is called “Shravan Maas.” Each day of this month is a very auspicious time to worship many deities, including Lord Shiva, Gowri, Krishna, and Goddess Lakshmi. Special prayers and rituals are performed in Shiva temples. Mondays (Somavar) of Shravan month are specially observed times to worship the austere Lord Shiva with austerity.
During the entire month of Shravan Maas, visiting the Shiva Temple in the evening and offering flowers and abhishekam gives a long and prosperous life.
The whole Savan month is considered as highly auspicious, since every day of the month Savan holds a special significance. The whole month is blessed with the blessings of Lord Shiva and some other lords such as Lord Vishnu and Lord Krishna. We observe some really auspicious occasions in the month of Savan such as Raksha Bandhan, Hariyali Teej, and Nag Panchami.
As we are talking about the month of Savan and its main deity Lord Shiva, how can we forget to talk about Savan Somvars. We know that the whole month of Savan is having a special significance for worshiping Lord Shiva. The auspicious results of worshiping Lord Shiva increases upto many times in the holy month of Savan.
Monday or Somvar being the special day of Lord Shiva, the auspiciousness of Somvars in the month of Savan increases upto many folds. Special fast and Pujas are performed by the devotees to please Lord Shiva in the month of Savan.
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What Is Sawan Somvar?
Savan Somvars hold a great significance because they are the special days of Lord Shiva in the special holy month. Highly auspicious results can be obtained by worshiping Lord Shiva on Savan Somvars every year.
The starting of fasts of Solah (sixteen) Somvars is also considered as highly auspicious in the month of Savan. Reciting Solah Somvar Vrat Katha is considered highly auspicious for women. Savan Somvar Vrat is mainly categorized into three categories, these are:
Savan Somvar : Fast of monday only in the month of Savan
Solah Somvar : Beginning the fast of Solah (sixteen) Somvars, in the month of Savan
Somya Pradosh : Fast observed till the evening during Pradosham
Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati are the two main deities worshiped during the month of Savan. Devotees offer their favorite offerings to please the deities and to receive their blessings. These offerings include Bel Patra, Datura, rose or marigold flowers and much more. Worship and offer Lord Shiva his favorite offerings to receive his blessings during Sawan in 2016.
Sawan 2016: How To Perform Sawan Somvar Vrat?
Every devotee has to keep certain points in mind while performing the fast for Sawan Somvars. These points will prove to be beneficial in getting the maximum benefit of the Sawan Somvar Vrat.
– Get up early in the morning and perform all the morning rituals like bathing, wearing clean clothes, etc.
– Go to the nearest temple and bathe the Shiva Lingam with water, milk, or the mix of both.
– Clean the Puja Sthana (place to perform Puja) at home, establish the idol or picture of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
– Take the Sankalp (pledge) that you will perform all the Somvar Vrat with full faith and devotion.
– Take the name of Lord Shiva and perform meditation
– In the evening, take bath or clean your hands and feet properly for performing Puja once again.
– Clean the Puja Sthan (place for performing Puja) and worship Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati.
– Recite or listen to Somvar Vrat Katha, otherwise the fast is considered as incomplete.
– Recite Aarti with other family members or devotees.
– Distribute Prasad (sacred food) among all the devotees or family members.
– The devotees can now consume the food for fast (Satvik Khana).
Keep all these points in mind and perform Sawan Somvar Vrat for obtaining maximum benefits.
Auspicious Results Of Sawan Somvar Vrat
After discussing that how to perform Sawan Somvar Vrat, we should also not miss out the auspicious results that can be obtained by observing this very auspicious Savan Somvar Vrat every year and during Savan in 2016.
All the difficulties and tensions of life will disappear.
Lord Shiva blesses unmarried girls with desired husband.
Lord Shiva blesses married ladies with long life and well being of husband and sons.
Lord Shiva fulfills all the desires and wishes of his devotees.
Lord Shiva blesses his devotees with wealth and prosperity.
Lord Shiva is so kind toward his devotees that anyone can easily please him by showing love and gratitude, thus he is also known as Bholenath. Let’s now talk about another very important day of Savan that is Sawan Shivaratri
Sawan Shivratri is also a major part of the month Savan. Its celebrations are observed by devotees with full faith and devotion, as it falls in the special month of Savan. It is the second most important Shivaratri after Maha Shivratri . It is also believed that if Sawan Shivaratri falls on the day of monday, its significance increases up to many times. Because then, the three auspicious events related to Lord Shiva fall on the same day that are the month Savan, Sawan Somvar and Shivaratri.
Legend Of Savan
Let’s discuss the legend of month Savan, before performing the Sawan Somvar Vrat in 2016.
The legend of Savan is related to Lord Shiva. During the period of Samudra Manthan, lots of things came out which were equally distributed among the gods and demons. Some undesirable items also came out from the Manthan, which were not accepted by any of the god or demon, such as Halahal (poison). This poison or Vish/Halahal could have some really adverse effects on the living beings. The whole world could have finished or adversely affected by Halahal.
For saving the world from these ill effects of Halahal, Lord Shiva consumed the whole Halahal and stored it in his throat. Due to this reason, the color of his neck turned blue and he was attributed with the name Neelkantha. This whole event took place in the month of Savan, which increased the significance of worshiping Lord Shiva in the month of Savan.
Beautiful Month Of Savan
The month of Sawan is considered as the most beautiful month in terms of weather changes. Every year, some really pleasant changes are encountered by nature in itself in the month of Sawan.
The sky fills with clouds, the fields fill with green grass and beautiful flowers. Rainy season starts in the month of Sawan or Shravan and it seems like the whole universe is worshiping Lord Shiva by pouring water on him in the form of rain.
The whole world feels relieved in the month of Sawan with the cool breezes and rains, after the hot season of summers. It seems like all the birds and insects come out to greet Lord Shiva. Water level also increases in the month of Savan. Nature regains its beauty in the month of Savan.
Every year, the pleasant weather and divinity come along in the month of Sawan. We are going to encounter these beautiful changes of nature filled with the blessings of Lord Shiva again during Sawan in 2016.
If you also want to gain auspiciousness, wealth, and prosperity in life, worship Lord Shiva during Sawan in 2016 and observe all the Sawan Somvar Vrats in 2016.