Shravan, the fifth month of Hindu calendar is considered the most auspicious month for devotion of Lord Shiva. Shravan month comes with the Tithi Krishna Paksha Pratipada and Nakshatra: Uttarashada/ Shravan on Monday, July 10, 2017, this year. As the first day of Shravan is Monday this year, it makes the month more auspicious. There are five Mondays in Shravan month starting from Monday July 10, 2017 to August 7, 2017. According to Hindu Panchanga, all the Mondays of Shravan are considered very auspicious and are dedicated to Lord Shiva for worshipping. All the Tuesday’s of Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati for Puja (prayers). Shravan starts fifteen days earlier in North Indian states as people of these states follow Purnimant calendar. These states are Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan. In other states located in south and Western India, it comes fifteen days later as people follow Amavasyant calendar. Names of these states are Gujarat, Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the period starts from 24th July 2017 and ends on 21st August 2017
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It is believed that the long awaited desires of the devotees are fulfilled by observing Vrat and worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati . Keeping fast on all the Mondays of Shravan, performing Jalabhisheka, Rudrabhishek and Puja rituals during this month brings peace, prosperity, marital bliss and good health to the devotees with the blessings of Lord Shiva. Female devotees, mainly unmarried girls waiting to get married, also observe fast (Vrat) for consecutive sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar Vrat from the first Monday of Sawan, may get married soon with these remedial measures. Some devotees have their Satvik meal (vegetarian) only once in the evening after performing Puja and Arati.
There are five Mondays in Sawan Maas of this year, which are considered highly auspicious , starting from Monday July 10, 2017 and ending on Shravan Purnima, August 7, 2017. He last Somvar (Monday) is the most auspicious of all.
Five Shravan Maas Mondays of this year have the following significant daily Shubha Yogas:
1st Monday on July 10- Vaidhriti Yoga, Shravan Somvar Vrat: good for will power, education, career and gain through business.
2nd Monday on July 17- Dhriti yoga, Shiva Chaturdashi Vrat : good for energy, physical strength and political power.
3rd Monday on July 24- Siddhi Yoga, Pushya Nakshatra, Kalki Jayanti: good for health, children, knowledge, wealth, promotion and achieving success.
4th Monday on July 31- Shubha Yoga, Pradosh Vrat: good for property , purchase of These are twelve sections of zodiac circle having 360° numbered clockwise Ascendant is known as the first house and the last house is known as the twelfth house Each house represents specific traits used for prediction., delight or joy in life.
5th Monday on August 7- Ayushman Yoga, Shravan Nakshatra,Purnima: good for health and longevity, marriage and married life.
Sawan Shivratri Vrat
Sawan Maas Shivaratri is one the most auspicious Tithi (day) for the devotees to worship Lord Shiva and perform Puja rituals in the Sawan month. Sawan Shivaratri 2017 or Sawan Pradosh Vrat commences on Friday, July 21, 2017 (North India).
Shravan Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi is also celebrated as Sawan Shivaratri by some devotees in North India.
Observing fast and performing Puja on Shravan Shivaratri and all the five Mondays in Sawan Maas, with Belpatra , Jal (holy water),Akshat (unbroken rice)flowers, fruits, Chandan, Dhup-deep Arati, Panchamruta(Honey, Ghee, Sugar, milk and curd) and chanting Rudrabhishek Stuti to please Lord Shiva will be helpful to those suffering from Pitra Dosha.
For Jalabhisheka or offering holy water to Lord Shiva, the water(Jal ) should be added to the little amount of uncooked milk and put in the brass vessel(JaIalpatra) for Jalabhisheka or offering holy water to Lord Shiva.
Copper vessel should never be used as Jalapatra for this Jal, as it is considered contaminated.
For Jalabhisheka or Rudrabhisheka the auspicious time on Friday, Sawan Shivratri, 21-7- 2017, is as follows: 11:44 to 12: 31 IST, at midnight.
Devotees and Kanwariya (people who carry Jal in Kanwar or holy pots for offering to God Shiva)visit holy temples of Kashi, Allahabad, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Ujjain, Chardham, Trimbakeshwar temple, Baba Vaidnath temple in Devghar, Babulnath temple in Mumbai in India and the other cities of the world.