Shravan Somvara Vrat (Monday fasting on Shravan month) One of the name of Lord shiva is soma - saha uma

. For the Lord someshvara Who we ars the soma, the moon crescent on the matted hair, on the somavara day (Monday) , this festival is observed. Though all Mondays can be observed as vrat there are special mondays when it is much more emphasised to observe like the shravan Somvar and karthikai sOmavAr. A ccording to skandha purANa, on the Mondays of the month kArthikai (mid Nov to mi d Dec) this vrata is observed. Way of observing After taking bath pray to the Auspicious and Graceful Lord Shiva. Anointing the Lord with panchAmRitam and other pleasant substances, hail the Lord offering bil va leaves. During the day don't take any solid food. U can take Milk/ buttermilk / fruit juice/ fruits . After 6'o clock in the evening pray to Lord Shiva and br eak ur fast and eat normal solid food (avoid onions and garlic) . Your fasting s hould start from 12 in the midnight and ends at in the evening on monday. It is believed that one who fasts on all Monday of Shravan has all prayers from the he art answered. It is not necessary to undergo rigid practices. Even for this fast , different people may have different practises....e.g. some people may not have buttermilk or some may have specific mantras to be chanted. You can follow what ever gives you a peace of mind.

Significance of Shravan Weekdays Each day in the month of Shravan has a special significance and has its own ritu al. Monday: is the day of Lord Shiva worship. Tuesday: Gauri is worshipped in every home, by women for the good health of the ir family. Wednesday: are dedicated to Vithala, a form of Vishnu or Krishna. Thursday: are also days for worshipping Buddh and Guru. Friday: every home worships Lakshmi and Tulsi. Saturday: are for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with t he object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays). Sundays: are meant worshipping the Sun god. Sun worship was general in the Vedi c period and even now it is so. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is w orshipped without fail.

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