Shravan Month

The fifth month of the Hindu calendar is known as Shravan. It commences from the end of July to the end of August in the Gregorian calendar. It is one of the holiest months in the Hindu calendar where most of the sacred vrats, festivals and rituals are celebrated. This month is mainly devoted to Lord Shiva and many devotees undertake a fast during this period to seek the blessings of Lord Shankar. Shravan maas for the North Indians in 2016 falls on July 20th to August 18th. For the South Indians, it falls on the August 3rd to September 1st. The reason behind this 15-day difference is because the South Indians follow Amavasyant Calendar and the North Indians abide by the Purnimant Calendar.

~ ~ ~ Story behind the Shravan Month ~ ~ ~

The importance of the Shravan maas is associated with the Samudra Manthan. As per mythology legends, the deities and the demons joined hands to remove the nectar of immortality from the depths of the ocean. Mount Mandara was used as the centre point and the Great Snake Vasuki was used as a rope. The ocean emitted a lot of valuables but also spewed out the deadly poison halahala; which could have destroyed the entire universe. Lord Shiva then took it upon him and swallowed the poison before this lethal toxic destroyed the entire world. This event is believed to have taken place in the Shravan maas and is dedicated to Shiva as he saved the universe from being destroyed. Hence, it is auspicious to worship Shiva during this pious period.

~ ~ ~ Festivals during Shravan maas ~ ~ ~

Raksha Bandhan18th August
Nag Panchami24th July

~ ~ ~ Important Occasions during Shravan Month ~ ~ ~

Hariyali Amavasya2nd August
Hariyali Teej5th August
Sawan Shivratri1st August
Tulsi Das Jayanti10th August
Narali Purnima18th August
Varalakshmi Vratam12th August
Kamika Ekadashi Vrat20th July
Mangala Gauri Vrat2nd August

~ ~ ~ Significance of Shravan Month ~ ~ ~

It is said that Lord Vishnu’s birth star Shravan is concurrent with this month; hence this month is immensely significant. Moreover, it is believed that worshipping particular deities on specific days of this month is extremely beneficial. They are as follows:

  • Monday – Lord Shiva
  • Tuesday – Devi Gauri
  • Wednesday – Lord Vitthal
  • Thursday – Buddha
  • Friday – Tulsi
  • Saturday – Shani
  • Sunday – Sun God

The Mondays of the Shravan month are known as Shravan Somvar. Tuesdays are auspicious to undertake the Mangal Gauri Vrat and Fridays for Shravan Shukravar Vrat. Performing Griha Shanti Puja is extremely beneficial at this time. Moreover, it is the period related to rainy season which is paramount for harvests.

~ ~ ~ Sawan Maas Vrat Procedure ~ ~ ~

  • A fast is undertaken by the devotees especially during Mondays; this is known as Shravan Somwar Vrat. Devotees undertake a fast from dawn to dusk.
  • While undertaking a Sawan maas Vrat a devotee can opt to survive only on water the entire day or they can consume nuts. Non-vegetarian food is avoided at all costs
  • A Somvar Vrat is said to shower mental and physical health. It removes hurdles in life ensures better marriage prospects for women. Lastly, it showers strength upon an individual.
  • Bath and purification is followed by Ganesh puja.
  • Chant the Mahamrityumjaya Mantra or “Om Namah Shivay” during the Sawan Vrat Vidhi.
  • Offering of Bel leaves, milk and Panchamrit is made to the Shivling.
  • Some choose to observe Maun Vrat for a particular period during this time

~ ~ ~ Sawan Somvar Vrat Days in Northern India ~ ~ ~

1st Day of Shravan Month20th July
Sawan Somvar Vrat25th July
Sawan Somvar Vrat1st August
Sawan Somvar Vrat8th August
Sawan Somvar Vrat15th August
Last day of Shravan Month18th August

~ ~ ~ Somvar Vrat Days in the Western and Southern Part of India ~ ~ ~

1stDay of Sawan Month3rd August
Sawan Somvar Vrat8th August
Sawan Somvar Vrat15th August
Sawan Somvar Vrat22nd August
Sawan Somvar Vrat29th August
Last Day of Sawan Month1st September
Shravan maas Offers


Popular Pujas Performed on Shravan Month

Popular Pujas Performed on Shravan Month - Laghu Rudra Puja

Laghu Rudra Puja

Popular Pujas Performed on Shravan Month - Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Puja

Maha Mrityunjaya Jaap Puja

Popular Pujas Performed on Shravan Month - Rudrabhishek Puja

Rudrabhishek Puja


Trending Blogs for Shravan Month