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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Shravan Somvar Vrat 2013

Shravan Somvar Vrat 2013

Sawan Somvar 2013 includes 4 Mondays in the month of Sawan. These 4 Savan Somvar days are considered to be the most auspicious and special of all Mondays of the year. It is believed that fasting on these days brings good luck and prosperity to a person and his/her family. These Somvar fasts are specially recommended to both married and unmarried women. Unmarried women worship Lord Shiva to get a husband of their choice, whereas married women pray for their husbands’ long life. Somvar fasts are also observed by married women to lead a happy married life.

Now that the auspicious month of Saawan has begun, it is an excellent opportunity for all of us to know the importance of Sawan month and Sawaan Somvaar. Let us first get to know a little bit about the month of Savaan.

Month of Savaan

When the rains descend the Earth, when the stars are scarce, when the sky is covered with the dark and dense clouds, you can tell that Savaan has finally knocked. Bringing a huge relief from the heat and the dust, Sawaan is the most awaited time of the year. Not only humans but all the animals also wait for the first splash of rain. There is nothing more enchanting than an unexpected rain, while you are going about your daily business. Savan will begin on 23rd July 2013 and will last till 21st August. Sawan is the month of devotion, purity and love. The month of Sawan represents long awaited delight, fun and relief. The month of Sawan holds a special significance in Hinduism. Savan brings with it a horde of festivals like Nag Panchmi, Rakhsha Bandhan, Shavani Purnima and many more. Let us know in detail the significance of Somvar in Savan.

Significance of Savan Somvar

Devotees of Lord Shiva wait all year long for the month of Savan. A special fast is observed on the Monday of this month. It is believed that if a woman fasts on Savan Somvar, she will get married to the person of her choice. Also, it is believed that Savan Somvar can change fate and fulfill all dreams. Many girls in India fast on Monday and please Lord Shiva to fulfill their dreams. So, if you want to see the man you love as your husband then here is your chance. Lord Shiva is believed to be very kind and generous. This is the month to harness the immense energy of Lord Shiva.

Savan Somvar and Lord Shiva

Why is the month of Savan dedicated to Lord Shiva? Savan is the month of rains. Rain symbolizes water, which represents Moon. Lord Shiva is worshipped by the Moon. Moon stands for one’s heart and feelings. So the month of rain is considered to be the month of Lord Shiva. No wonder we feel so poetic, contemplative and romantic in Savan. The Moon is to be blamed for the feeling of longing that hovers upon us during this season. We also tend to be spiritual during Savan. This tilt of mood is also due to the water element around.

Fast on Savan Somvar

To observe a fast on Savan Somvar, devotees wake up early in the morning and take a bath. It is equally important to cleanse one’s body and soul. A maligned heart is never suitable to perform any sort of a puja. All items, which are required to perform the puja are arranged in advance so that there are no interruptions during the puja. Bel patra, milk, curd, ghee, water, honey, kapur, Ganga jal is used in worshipping Lord Shiva. Shiva aarti is sung in the morning and in the evening. People fast all day long and chant hymns dedicated to Lord Shiva. These fasts are especially very fruitful to unmarried girls. It is believed that Lord Shiva helps them find a good and virtuous husband. Though there are many ways of worshiping the Lord Shiva, he gets pleased with the simplest acts of devotion and love.
List of Savan Somvar:
  • First Somvaar: 29th July 2013
  • Second Somvaar: 5th August 2013:
  • Third Somvaar: 12th August 2013
  • Foruth Somvaar: 19th August 2013

Traditional Celebrations on Sawan Somvaar

Fasting on the Sawan Somvaar is considered very fruitful and auspicious. The entire month Sawan is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Therefore the days of Somvaar are specifically dedicated in devotion of Lord Shiva. All Somvaar fasts begin in the month of Sawan. India has culture of celebrating the entire month of Sawan and all Somvaar that come in it. India is a country, which has a culture of celebrating almost everything. There is no reason why we should skip the most important month of the year. In villages and towns the month of Sawan is still celebrated with great deal of fervor and joy. Women of all ages rope the branches of trees with jute twines to make swings and take leaps into the air; thereby inhaling the freshness and love of the season. During this month people observe a strictly vegetarian diet (Satvik food). The month of Savan is also considered very auspicious for all types of religious activities. Savan symbolizes rains and rains symbolize purity, love and change.
With this article we hope that you have started looking at the month of Savan with a new perspective. We also hope that Lord Shiva blesses all of the Human Kind with love and prosperity. May the rains that the month of Savan brings, wash away all your pain and clear your heart, thereby leaving a new you behind! May the divine blessing of Lord Shiva end all your troubles! Have happy month of Sawan and rest of the year ahead.