New Delhi: The month of Sawan/Shravan marks the start of the monsoon season in India. This year the month of Sawan or Shravan is starting on 6th July 2020 and the month will conclude on 3rd August. The end of Sawan will be celebrated with Rakshabandhan.
There are five Mondays in the month of Shravan. These fall on:
July 6 – First Shravan Somwar (First Monday and the first day of Shravan)
July 13 – Second Shravan Somwar
July 20 – Third Shravan Somwar
July 27 – Fourth Shravan Somwar
August 3 – Fifth Shravan Somwar (last Somwar and the last day of the month)
The month is marked by complete devotion to Lord Shiva and observing fasts, especially on Mondays, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are known as ‘Shravan or Sawan Somvar Vrat’. Some even, observe fasts on Tuesdays, which was known as ‘Mangala Gauri Vrat’.
According to the legends mentioned in Hindu Vedas and Puranas, the holy month of Sawan is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva for success, marriage, and prosperity.
It is believed that if you keep fast on Monday, Lord Shiva blesses you with health, wealth and prosperity. Anyone who is looking for the right partner for marriage is suggested to keep this fast.
The propitious month brings along many festivals like Rakshabandhan, Teej, Naag Panchami, and Krishna Janmashtmi making it an auspicious month. It is celebrated in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, and Chattisgarh. The devotees in this holy month of Sawan worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for success, marriage, and prosperity.