The holy month of Shravan has started from July 6, the first Monday of the month. The auspicious month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People keep fast on every Monday and also perform Jal-abhishek to the lord. Women also observe fast for Goddess Gauri and this fast is known as Mangala Gauri vrat. Sawan fast can be kept by both married and unmarried women.
Key Dates: Here are the important dates to keep in mind- The month started from July 6, July 13 will be the second Shravan Somwar, July 20-is the third Shravan Somwar, July 27 will be the fourth Shravan Somwar and August 3 is fifth and last Shravan Somwar will fall on August 3. The last Monday will be shravan maas.
Importance: We all know Sawan is month lord Shiv but why the whole month is dedicated to him. As per the story, during Samudra Manthan poison was also churned out which started destroying all kinds of life on earth and to stop this, the Gods prayed to Lord Shiva. He then drank the poison and saved the world. It is also believed that worshipping Lord Shiva and his wife Goddess Parvati in this month will help people getting salvation and also bring good luck.
Significance: There is a belief that keeping fast during this month will bring good luck. Wedded women keep fast for a blissful married life while those who are unmarried wish for a husband of their choice. Goddess Gauri. She personifies companionship of a lifetime and represents a happily married woman. In the month of Shravan, festivals like Naga Panchami, Shravani Purnima, Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Govatsa, Raksha Bandhan, Kalkyavatara, Putradaikadashi and Rishi Panchami are also celebrated.
Every year, a procession Kanwar Yatra is also taken out. But this year it was cancelled due to the COVID-19. People gather at Haridwar to take a holy dip in the Ganga.