We can perform Vrat and Puja rituals to get the blessings of Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati on Phalgun Maha Shivratri, Shravan Shivratri and Shravan Somvar to get rid of Pitra Dosh effects, prolonged illness and achieve health, wealth, happiness and all round prosperity.
Shravan Shivratri Vrat and Puja
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.
Shravan Somvar Vrat and significance
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.
Phalgun Maha Shivratri Vrat, Puja and significance-2018
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 2018 or Phalgun Pradosh Vrat commences for the devotees(Saiva and Vaishnav) on Tuesday, Trayodashi/Chaturdashi, 13th February 2018(North India), this year.
This year’s auspicious Tithi of Phalgun Maha Shivratri is considered most auspicious(Bhaum Pradosh)as this Vrat is performed on Tuesday, 13th February,2018, which is also Surya Kumbha Sankranti(Snan-dan).
This year’s Shivratri begins on thirteenth February, continues till next day (i.e.14th February) in Shiv Yoga(daily Yoga) in auspicious Uttara-ashadha Nakshatra,the devotees will be blessed with victory over enemies. The presence of auspicious Gajakesari Yoga(Jupiter in Libra and Moon in Aquarius) on this Tithi makes it more auspicious. 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 Tuesday, Chaturdashi, Phalgun Maha Shivratri, on 13-2- 2018.
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.