Shravan, also known as Sawan month, is the holiest month of the year in Hinduism. Devotees worship Lord Shiva during this time, and Sawan Ke Somwar (Mondays) are considered the most auspicious day to do so. This article will discuss the significance of the Shravan month, important dates, and the Malamas that occur once every nineteen years.
What is Shravan Month?
Shravan month is considered the holiest month of the year in Hinduism. Hindus worship Lord Shiva during this time, and every Monday of the month is observed as Sawan Ke Somwar. It is a time of fasting, devotion, and prayer. Mangal Gauri Vrat is observed on Tuesdays, which are reserved for Goddess Parvati. Fasting during Sawan month is believed to bring good health and fortune.
When Does Shravan Month Start and End in 2023?
In 2023, the Shravan month will begin on July 4 and end on August 31. Sawan Somvar Vrat will occur on the following dates:
- First Monday of Sawan: July 10, 2023
- Second Monday of Sawan: July 17, 2023
- Third Monday of Sawan: July 24, 2023
- Fourth Monday of Sawan: July 31, 2023
- Fifth Monday of Sawan: August 7, 2023
- Sixth Monday of Sawan: August 14, 2023
- Seventh Monday of Sawan: August 21, 2023
- Eighth Monday of Sawan: August 28, 2023
What are Malamas?
Malamas, formerly known as ‘Adhikmas’, is a three-year extra month that falls between the months of February and October. This year, Shravan month will be celebrated for two months due to Malamas. Malamas occur once every nineteen years, and are believed to have special significance for worshipping Lord Vishnu.
Significance of Shravan Month
According to Hindu legend, Lord Shiva consumed the poison that arose from the ocean during the ‘Samudra Manthan’ and saved the world. Devotees observe the Shravan month to pray to Lord Shiva, who protects and blesses his followers with good health and fortune.
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