Start date and end date, significance of Monday

Sawan 2019: Sawan, the holy Hindu month began on Wednesday, July 17 and it will conclude on August 15, the same day as Independence Day and Rakshabandhan. Sawan is considered to be the most auspicious month in the Hindu calendar. Sawan or Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and it falls during the July-August period.

Sawan 2019 start date: July 17, 2019

Sawan 2019 end date: August 15

Sawan Significance

Sawan is observed for worshiping Lord Shiva. During this month, devotees observe fast and give up non-vegetarian food. All the Mondays falling in the Sawan month are considered to be highly auspicious for observing fast and are known as Sawan Somwar.  Other auspicious days of Sawan month include Sawan Shivaratri and Hariyali Amavasya. The festivals, Hariyali Teej and Naga Panchami, are celebrated during this time. The Shivratri will be celebrated on July 30, 2019.

Solah Somwar Significance

Solah Somwar vrats are observed for 16 Mondays, starting from the first Monday or Somwar of the Sawan month.  Devotees observe fast on all these Mondays. In Hindu mythology, Monday is a day devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva. Similarly, all Tuesdays in the Sawan month, also known as Mangalwar, are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort. The fasting observed on Tuesday’s during this period is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat.

Shravan Somwar

Mondays that fall in the Sawan month are called Shravan Somwar. There are four Mondays in the Sawan month and many young and unmarried girls worship Lord Shiva on these Mondays.

Kanwar Yatra

The Kanwar Yatra, stretching over 100 km, also takes place during the holy Sawan month. In the annual pilgrimage, saffron-clad devotees of Shiva walk barefoot for long distances to fetch the holy Ganga water and carry it to their homes, to offer it to their local Shivalingas. From a small gathering, the yatra has grown to be one of India’s largest annual pilgrimages.

Sawan Background

According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Shiva had consumed poison that came out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthan to save the world. As per popular belief, Lord Shiva held the venom in his throat, which turned blue as a result.

Hence, Shiva devotees perform puja during this time as an offering to Lord Shiva, to seek his blessings.

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