Sawan is considered to be a very holy month in the Hindu religion. The entire month of Sawan or Shravan is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. During this month, the devotees express their gratitude towards Lord Shiva by observing the Sawan/Shravan Vrat (fasting) for the whole month. Devotees also visit various temples of Lord Shiva to seek his divine blessings.
Let’s know the important dates, worship methods and Dos and Don’ts during the month of Sawan.
When Does Sawan Start?
Shravan month usually falls in the month of July or August. In the year 2023, Sawan month will start on Tuesday, July 4, 2023. The month of Sawan will end on Thursday, August 31, 2023 as there is Aadhik Maas this year. All Mondays in the month of Sawan/Shravan are called Sawan Somwar. There will be four Mondays in Sawan/Shravan in the year 2023.
- First Sawan Somvar – Monday, July 10, 2023; Tithi – Ashtami
- Second Sawan Somwar – Monday, July 17, 2023; Tithi – Amavasya
- Third Sawan Somwar – Monday, August 21, 2023: Tithi – Nagpanchami
- Fourth Sawan Somwar – Monday, August 28, 2023; Tithi – Dwadashi
Importance of Sawan Month
Monday is believed to be the favourite day of Lord Shiva. On the other hand, the month of Sawan is primarily dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. This month is also considered to be the month of festivals as many festivals fall during this month. Festivals like Sawan Somvar, Mangala Gauri Vrat, Hariyali Amavasya, Hariyali Teej and Rakshabandhan fall during this month. Generally, a fair is held in most of the Shiva temples every Sawan Monday. Mangal Gauri Vrat is also observed every Tuesday of the Sawan month. The devotees should follow the rules and rituals mentioned in the scriptures during their fast in the month of Sawan. Furthermore, here are some Dos and Don’ts during Sawan Month.
Dos and Don’ts During Sawan Month
- Do Jalabhishek of Lord Shiva daily to please him and seek his divine blessings.
- Devotees can also do the Abhishek of Lord Shiva according to their zodiac sign.
- It is considered auspicious to do Panchamrit (a mixture of milk, honey, sugar, curd and ghee) Abhishek of Lord Shiva early in the morning. Devotees can also offer bilva leaves to Lord Shiva.
- Worshipping the Rudraksha and wearing a Rudraksha Mala in Sawan is very fruitful.
- Devotees should also chant the mantras of Lord Shiva by holding the Rudraksha Mala.
- Women can also observe the Mangal Gauri Vrat during this month.
- Devotees should chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra daily 108 times.
- Donating essential items to the poor and needy is also considered beneficial.
Know more about the Significance of Rudrabhishek Puja during Sawan.
- Do not consume any kind of food during the fasting period in Sawan.
- During Sawan, do not consume onions, leafy vegetables, radishes, garlic, etc.
- Eating meat or drinking alcohol is strictly prohibited in the month of Sawan.
- If men have resolved to observe the fast of Sawan, then they should not shave for the entire Sawan Month.
- Breaking the fast in the middle after taking the Sankalp of fasting in Sawan is considered a sin.
- Sawan month falls during monsoon season and therefore eating brinjal is prohibited during this period.
- During the month of Sawan, do not criticize any of Lord Shiva’s devotees.
Know more about the Benefits of Fasting during Sawan
Sawan month fasting rules and regulations are mentioned in many Puranas and Shastras including the Shiva Purana. Read and follow these rules during the Sawan month for receiving Lord Shiva’s blessings and for the fulfilment of all wishes.
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