Things to know about Sawan – Sawan 2021 start day, sawan 2021 end date, sravan 2021 monday fast dates, how to do shivling puja, how to keep monday fast, mantras for shivling puja, shivji shlokas, what to offer on shivling, what not to offer on shivling. The Month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is popularly known as Sawan. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar which is also considered to be the Holiest Month of the year. As per Vedic astrology, when the sun enters the Zodiac Leo, Shravan maas is said to set in and as per lunar calendar it is set on full moon day (Purnima).
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Each Monday of the Shravan is known as Sawan Somwar and is considered highly auspicious for fasting. Many devotees observe fasting all the 5 Mondays, which includes a visit to the temple in the morning, sustaining only with fruits & liquids during the day, and having supper/dinner without salt.
People engage in ages-old religious activities to get Lord Shiva’s blessings during the month. For example-
Rudra Abhishek: Performing the Rudra Abhishek includes the offering of Panchamrit (mix of sugar, honey, milk, curd & ghee) or any of these items separately on the Shivalinga with chanting of prayers, shlokas, and mantras. In the absence of shivalingam, people pour the panchamritam on the statue of Shiva. Even plain water can be used if one can not organize Milk etc.
Chant Mantras like Om Namah Shivay, Shiva Gayatri mantra, MahamrityunjayaMantra, Rudraashtakam or such others
Fasting on every Monday
Wearing appropriate items like Rudraksha, amethyst mala, rings, lockets, bracelets etc. that are recommended for performing pooja for Lord Shiva.
Performing Poojas like Mangala Gauri Pooja, Mahamritunjaya Pooja, Yagna Pooja, etc.
Offering Bel (Bilva fruit) & Bel leaves, Aak or Aakda leaves, Datura, flowers on Shivlinga.
Offering sweets like Rice Pudding on the Shivalinga.
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All Tuesdays in Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. She is also revered in other avatars like Gauri, Sati and Uma.
Apart from Mondays, some more days are auspicious and of importance during Shraavana month like Naga Panchami, Shravani Purnima, Shri Baladeva birthday, Raksha Bandhan, and Krishna Janmashtami. Various regions of India celebrate festivals as per their tradition during the month of Sravana, viz., Naryal Poornima, Basava Panchami, Avani Avittam, Gamha purnima, Kajari Purnima, Pavitropana, Pavitra Ekadashi, Jandhyam Poornima, Salono, Polo and many others.
It is believed that worshiping Lord Shiva during the month of Shravan brings blessings from Lord Shiva. It is also considered that unmarried girls who keep fasts on all Mondays of Shravan get a good husband like Lord Shiva. Sawan 2021 first Monday date is 26th July 2021 and Shravan last Somwar date 2021 is 16th August 2021.