Lord Shiva, apart from being one of the most popular deities in Hinduism is also one of the most powerful. He is also a part of the holy Hindu trinity that comprises of Brahma and Vishnu as well. Every year there are around twelve Shivratri Days, each known as Masik Shivratri. Masik Shivratri in the month of Shravan (July-August) is called Sawan Shivratri. It is considered to be highly propitious as Sawan month is deemed to be the sacred month of Shiva. This festival is more popular in the Northern part of India. It is during this time that scared places like Badrinath and Kashi Vishwanath hold important Shiva pujas.
Although Maha Shivratri is believed to be the most significant; Sawan Shivratri also holds weightage. Shravan month is the holy month of Shiva, which makes Sawan Shivratri predominant. Hence, after Maha Shivratri; Sawan Shivratri is considered to be the most auspicious. It is said that those who perform the Vrat and puja rituals with complete dedication will, in turn, be blessed generously by Lord Shiva. Devotees observe a fast on this day and perform the Gangajal Abhishekam. The Sawan Shivratri Vrat is the same as the one followed for Maha Shivratri. Additionally, it is believed to rid individuals of illnesses and misery and bestow strength upon them
Devotees take only one meal before the day of Shivratri, i.e. Trayodashi. On the day of Sawan Shivratri, followers vow to observe a fast the entire day. They seek the Lord’s blessings to shower them with resolve, to complete their fast without succumbing to their desire. After taking a bath, the devotees should do the Shiva Puja and the fast can be broken the next day according to the favourable Tithi.
|Sawan Shivratri in 2016||1st August|
|Sawan Shivratri in 2017||21st July|
|Sawan Shivratri in 2018||9th August|
|Sawan Shivratri in 2019||30th July|
|Sawan Shivratri in 2020||19th July|
Shubh Muhurat for Sawan Shivratri Puja is 04:42 am (1st August 2016) to 03:12 am (2nd August 2016)