Sawan 2020: All you need to know about significance of Shravan

Updated: Jul 06, 2020, 12:48 IST | mid-day online correspondent | Mumbai

While many people observe fast for Lord Shiva on Monday's, there are others who observe fast on Tuesdays, which was known as 'Mangala Gauri Vrat'

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. Picture/Twitter Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath. Picture/Twitter Yogi Adityanath

Every year, the month of Sawan, which is the fifth month in the Nanakshahi and Hindu calendar, marks the beginning of monsoon season in India. This year, Sawan, which is also known as Shravan, starts from July 6 i.e today and will conclude on August 3. People across the country are celebrating the first 'Somvar' (Monday) of the Sawan month.

The entire months of Sawan is marked by devotion to Lord Shiva and observing fasts on Mondays. Monday is the day dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is why it is called Shravan or Sawan Somvar Vrat. While many people observe fast for Lord Shiva on Mondays, there are others who observe fast on Tuesdays, which was known as 'Mangala Gauri Vrat'.

Dates for fasting in Sawan 2020:

This year, there will be five somwars (Mondays) in the month of Sawan and the Somvar fasts will be kept on July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3. While every year, the first Somvar of Sawan is celebrated with much enthusiasm, this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival won't be celebrated on a large scale.

What is the significance of Somvar vrat?

As per Hindu traditions and culture, the month of Sawan is dedicated to Lord Shiva. People offer their prayers to Lord Shiva to achieve success, for marriage and prosperity. It is believed that if a person observes fast on Somvar, Lord Shiva blesses them with health, wealth, and prosperity. Those looking to get married and get the right partner are also suggested to observe this fast.

In Varanasi, people visited Kashi Vishwanath Temple on the first Monday of 'sawan' month, while in Delhi devotees armed with face masks were seen offering prayers at Gauri Shankar Temple in Chandni Chowk. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also offered puja at the Mansarovar Temple in Gorakhpur on the auspicious 'Sawan Somwar' or the first Monday of Sawan.

Here's how people are celebrating Sawan Somwar:

So, how did you celebrate the first Monday of Sawan?

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