Monday (July 6) is a very special day for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu calendar followed by the people in north India, today is the first Somwar (Monday) of the highly auspicious Shravan month.
According to the legends mentioned in Hindu Vedas and Puranas, the holy month of Sawan is dedicated to worshipping Lord Shiva for success, marriage, and prosperity.
Story of Samudra Manthan
The legend says that to obtain the Amrit, Devtas and Asuras churned the cosmic ocean. During the process, fourteen different types of rubies (among other things) came out which were divided among the Devtas and Asuras.
However, another thing that emerged from the churning was Halahal (deadly poison) which could destroy the entire creation. Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat, which turned blue due to the effect of deadly poison.
Hence the name Neelkanth (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva. To reduce the strong effect of poison, all the gods thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to lessen the effect of poison.
Therefore, it is believed that if you keep fast on Monday, Lord Shiva blesses you with health, wealth and prosperity. Anyone who is looking for the right partner for marriage is suggested to keep this fast.
As per the Purnimant calendar, the important dates are:
July 6 – First Shravan Somwar (First Monday and the first day of Shravan)
July 13 – Second Shravan Somwar
July 20 – Third Shravan Somwar
July 27 – Fourth Shravan Somwar
August 3 – Fifth Shravan Somwar (last Somwar and the last day of the month)
As per the Amavasyant calendar, the important dates are:
July 21 – Shravan month begins
July 27 – First Shravan Somwar
August 3 – Second Shravan Somwar
August 10 – Third Shravan Somwar
August 17 – Fourth Shravan Somwar
August 19 – Shravan month ends
Do’s and Don’ts During Sawan Month or Atleast on Mondays:
Fasting on Mondays will be very beneficial. You can eat fruits but avoid consuming anything else. Eat once a day.
Getting up at Brahma Muhurat for meditation is recommended to connect yourself with the lord.
Chanting Om Namah Shivaya or Om Shiva Om while offering Jal or Panchamarat on Shiva Linga will bring highly positive vibrations.
Daily Jap of Om Namah Shivaya or Maha Mrityunjay mantra will remove all obstacles.
Avoid consuming alcohol
Avoid non-vegetarian food
Follow a satwik diet – avoid onion, garlic and eggplant
Auspicious / Shubh Muhurat (IST) for Puja (Purnimant & Amavasyant):
July 6: 05:39 AM to 07:22 AM
July 13: 05:42 AM to 07:24 AM
July 20: 05:45 AM to 07:27 AM
July 21: 10:51 AM to 02:15 PM
July 27: 05:49 AM to 07:30 AM
August 3: 05:52 AM to 07:32 AM
August 10: 05:56 AM to 07:35 AM
August 17: 05:59 AM to 07:37 AM
August 19: 06:00 AM to 09:15 AM