We perform sacred Vrat and Puja rituals to get the blessings of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati on Phalgun Maha Shivratri, Shravan Shivratri, Shravan Somvar and Solah Somvar Vrat, dedicated to Lord Shiva to get rid of Pitra Dosh effects, prolonged illness and achieve health, wealth, happiness and all round prosperity.
According to Hindu Panchanga, all the Mondays of Shravan are considered very auspicious and are dedicated to Shiva for worshiping and the Tuesday’s of Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati for Puja (prayers). Mangala Gauri Vrat is observed on Tuesdays of Shravan by women in India and Nepal for well being of their husband.
Raksha Bandhan, Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Mangala Gauri Vrat, Sawan Shivaratri Vrat and Hariyali Amavasya.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat and Puja
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.
Shravan, the fifth month of Hindu calendar is considered the most auspicious month for devotion of Lord Shiva. Shravan month starts with the Tithi Krishna Paksha Pratipada on July 28, 2018, Saturday is the first day of Shravan. Shravan Maas ends on Sunday, 26th August 2018.
There will be four holy Monday in the month of Sawan,(Shravan). The first Shravan Somvar Vrat begins on 30th July, 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and all North India. The last Shravan Somvar Vrat is on Monday, 20th August 2018.
Dates for four Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2018, based on Purnimant calendar are as follows:
On 30th July, 2018: 1st Shravan Somvar Vrat.
On 06th August, 2018: 2nd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
On 13th August, 2018: 3rd Shravan Somvar Vrat.
On 20th August, 2018: 4th Shravan Somvar Vrat.
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 Pradesha, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and the Shravan begins on Sunday, 12th August 2018 and ends on 21st September 2018.
Dates for four Shravan Somvar Vrat, 2018, based on Amavasyant calendar are as follows:
In South and Western Indian States Shravan begins on 12th August 2018,the four Shravan Somvar Vrat dates(4 Mondays) are August 13th, August 20th, August 27th and September 3rd, 2018.
Significance of Solah Somvar Vrat or fast for sixteen Mondays
If you are facing denial of marriage repeatedly, you should keep fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays or Shravan Somvar Vrata, during Shravan month and perform Puja rituals, offer sacred water on Shivalinga in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
If you are facing denial of marriage repeatedly, you should keep fast for sixteen consecutive Mondays, i.e. Solah Somvar Vrat or you may keep fast Shravan Somvar Vrata, during Shravan month and perform Puja rituals, offer sacred water on Shivalinga in a Shiva temple and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Shravan Somvar Vrat and significance
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 four auspicious Mondays or Shravan Somvar in Sawan Maas of this year, starting from Monday July 30, 2018 and ending on August 20,2018
Four Shravan Somvar (Sawan Somvar)and Daily Yoga
First Monday starts with Saubhagy Yoga, which is very auspicious. Four Shravan Maas Mondays of 2018 have the following significant daily Yoga:-
1st Monday is on July 30-Saubhagya Yoga: good for fortune, wealth, promotion and achieving success
2nd Monday on August 06- Vriddhi Yoga: good for health, children, knowledge, wealth, promotion and achieving success.
3rd Monday on August 13- Siddha yoga: good for energy, achievement, gain through profession or Venture, strength and political power.
4th Monday on August 20- Vaiddhriti Yoga :good for will power, education, career and gain through business.
Phalgun Maha Shivratri Vrat, Puja and significance-2019
Maha Shivratri is believed to be day of marriage of Lord Shiv And Goddess Parvati. Phalgun Maas Shivaratri is one the most auspicious Tithi (day) for the devotees to worship Lord Shiva and perform Puja rituals in the month of Phalgun. Phalgun Shivaratri Vrat 2019 commences for the devotees(Saiva and Vaishnav) on Monday, Trayodashi ends at 4:28 pm/Chaturdashi, 4th March 2019(North India), this year.
This year’s auspicious Tithi of Phalgun Maha Shivratri is considered most auspicious as this Vrat is performed on Monday, 4th March, 2019.
This year’s Shivratri Vrat begins on 4th March, continues till next day i.e.5th March) in Shiv Yoga(daily Yoga) begins at 1:32 pm in auspicious, Dhanishta Nakshatra,the devotees will be blessed with victory over enemies. During the month of Phalgun, Maha Shivratri Vrat and Puja rituals are performed with great devotion in different parts of India and across the world.
Phalgun Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi is celebrated as Phalgun Maha Shivaratri by some devotees(Vaishnav) in North India.
How to perform Puja to please Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati
Observing fast and performing Puja on Phalgun Maha Shivratri/Shravan Shivratri and all the five Mondays in Sawan Maas with Dhatura, Belpatra(Belua-Patra), Akshat(unbroken rice)flowers, fruits(Ber and other seasonal fruits), Chandan, Dhupa-deep, Camphor, Aarti, offering Jal(Holy water)Panchamruta(Honey, Ghee, Sugar, milk and curd) and chanting Rudrabhishek Stuti to please Lord Shiva will be helpful to those suffering from Pitra Dosha. Shivratri Puja should be performed at night also.
For Jal-abhishek 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(Jal-patra) for Jal-abhishek or offering holy water to Lord Shiva.
Copper vessel should never be used as Jalapatra for this Jal, as it is considered contaminated.
For Jalabhishek or Rudrabhishek, the auspicious time begins at night on Monday, Phalgun Maha Shivratri, on 4th March, 2019.
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, Char-dham, Trimbakeshwar temple, Baba Vaidanath temple in Devghar, Babulnath temple in Mumbai in India and the other cities of the world.