Sawan 2020: How to celebrate, what to do and what not to do?
This year, the month of Sawan or Shravan is commencing from 6 July 2020 and this month will conclude on 3 August. Today the whole of India is celebrating the first ‘Somwar’ of the month of Sawan, from today onwards the month of Sawan has started for the devotees of Bholebaba.
According to Hinduism, the month of Sawan is very dear to Lord Shiva. It is believed that the person who worships Lord Shiva with a true heart in the month of Sawan fulfills all his wishes.
Why is the month of Sawan in India Special?
According to the Dohas described in the Hindu Vedas and Puranas, the holy month of Sawan is dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva for success, marriage, and prosperity.
It is believed that if you keep a fast on Monday, then Lord Shiva gives you health, wealth, and prosperity. Whoever is looking for the right partner for marriage is suggested to keep this fast.
How to celebrate the month of Sawan:
According to the Puranas, fasting devotees should observe sobriety. Follow the rules of celibacy for the duration of Shravan. Failing to do so, they will be sent to hell and their next incarnation as animals.
Many Hindu festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Nag Panchami, and Teej fall in the month of Sawan.
Reciting Shiva Chalisa in the entire month of Sawan is highly beneficial. Click here for Shiva Chalisa which you can listen to every morning after bath. While reciting it, make sure that you sit in the east direction and light a lamp with ghee.
What not to do?
• According to the Puranas, fasting devotees should observe moderation. Follow the rules of celibacy for the duration of Shravan. Failing to do so, they will be sent to hell and their next incarnation as animals.
• Avoid drinking alcohol and non-vegetarian food during this holy month.
• Although you can anoint a lingam with milk, fasting devotees should avoid drinking milk
• Brinjal or Brinjal should also be avoided. According to the Puranas, the vegetable is considered ‘Ashudh’ (impure). Therefore many people avoid eating it during the month of Ekadashi, Chaturdashi, and Kartik.
• Shiv Pujan or Abhishek should be done as early as the morning
• Do not use turmeric for the consecration
• Please keep your house clean nearby
This is how you can worship Lord Shiva:
First of all, wake up early in the morning and bathe in clean clothes. After this, go to the Shiva temple near the house and offer water to Lord Shiva with water and milk. After this, offer all kinds of worship material on the Shiva Linga and chant the mantras of Lord Shiva. If you want to keep fast then only consume fruits and otherwise, you can eat food by worshiping in the morning.
- The month of Sawan begins from July 6 in India 2020, will end on Raksha Bandhan day i.e. August 3.