In the Hindu religion, Sawan month considered to be a Religious month of the year, Sawan month starts with the monsoon in India. Sawan month is also called as Shravan or even “Avani” in Tamil Nadu. This year Sawan Month has started on 6th July and will end on 3rd August 2020.The End of Sawan month that is Purnima will be celebrated as Raksha Bandhan.
Why is Sawan Month the holiest month in the Hindu Calendar?
Sawan is the fifth month of the Hindu lunar calendar. Sawan month is noticeable by full devotion to Lord Shiva, Especially Monday is the most auspicious day of the month. On Monday many people keep fast which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and Monday fast is known as ‘Shravan or Sawan Somvar Vrat’.
It is believed that this month, the Sawan Nakshatra or star rules the skies, and that’s why this month’s name also derived from the Nakshatra. It is the best time to conduct an all-important religious ceremony, almost all days in this month are very auspicious.
The significance of Lord Shiva in Shravan (Sawan) Month
Samundra Manthan which is very significant in Puranas takes place in the Sawan month. In Samundra Manthan had done in the search for the Amrit During the stirring of the milky ocean, 14 different rubies emerged from the ocean. Thirteen Rubies divided among Devas and Asuras. Although 14th Ruby remained untouched as everyone knows in the 14th Ruby there was the deadliest Poison which could destroy the whole Universe. Lord Shiva swallowed the Poison (Halahal) and stored the Poison in his throat because of the Poison his throat turned blue and everyone called him Neelkanth.
To reduce the effects of the poison Lord Shiva wore a crescent moon on his head. These events took place in the Sawan month that’s why we celebrate the Sawan month for Lord Shiva and it’s believed to be very auspicious to offer holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva in Sawan Month.
Important Dates of Saavan Month
- First Sawan Somwar: 6th July 2020
- Second Sawan Somwar: 13th July 2020
- Third Sawan Somwar: 20th July 2020
- Fourth Sawan Somwar: 27th July 2020
- Fifth Sawan Somwar: 3rd August 2020
As per beliefs, there are so many benefits of fasting on Sawan Mondays. This fast is observed by women to get a good life partner, Many people believed that if you keep fast on Monday, Lord Shiva blesses you with health, wealth, and prosperity.
First Monday of Sawan Month
Today 6th July is the first Monday of the Sawan month, Entire India is worshipping lord Shiva on this First Monday, Many people have kept fast today and devote the day to Lord Shiva. Devotees offer milk, water, and Bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
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Frequently Asked Questions
1.How many Mondays or Sawan Somawar will fall during this year’s Sawan?
Ans:- There will be Five Mondays in Sawan Month this year.
2.When will the first Monday or first Sawan Somawar be observed this year?
Ans:- The First observed on 6th July 2020 this year.
3.Raksha Bandhan celebrated on which day of Sawan?
Ans:- Raksha Bandhan celebrated on the last day that is Purnima of Sawan month.
4.Why people keep fast on Monday in Sawan?
Ans:–Many people believed that if you keep fast on Monday, Lord Shiva blesses you with health, wealth, and prosperity. women especially keep fast on Monday to get a good life partner,