Shravan or Sawan Month is the most auspicious month in Hinduism throughout the year. Sawan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, falling between July and August.
Every Monday in the month of Shravan is devoted to Lord Shiva, and those who follow him fast for 16 Mondays in order to receive his blessings do so as part of the Sawan Somawar Vrat.
Tuesdays are entirely devoted to Goddess Parvati, whereas Mondays are given over to Lord Shiva. This fast on Tuesdays, known as the “Mangal Gauri Vrat,” is observed by many devotees.
Haryali Amavasya and Sawan Shivratri are also among the lucky days of Shravan Month, along with Sawan Somvar Vrat and Mangal Gauri Vrat.
The Shrawan Month will begin on July 14 and end on August 12 in the year 2022. This month has four Mondays, with the first one falling on July 18th.
Sawan Somwar 2022 Vrat and other Important Days
1st Somvar of Shravan month– 18th July
Mangla Gauri Fast– 19th July
2nd Somvar of Shravan month– 25th July
Mangla Gauri Fast– 26th July
3rd Somvar of Shravan month– 1st August
Mangla Gauri Fast– 2nd August
4th Somvar of Sharvan month– 8th August
Mangla Gauri Fast– 9th August
Last Somvar of Shravan month– 12th August
Mangla Gauri Fast– 13th August
Ekadashi– 24th July
Haryali Teej– 31st July.
Nag Panchami– 2nd August.
Raksha Bandhan– 11th August
History And Significance of Shravan Month
Hindu scriptures claim that Lord Shiva ingested the poison that surfaced during the Samudra Manthan. It is also claimed that Goddess Parvati held Lord Shiva’s neck in order to prevent the poison from entering his body and to keep it in his neck.
And it’s also said that when Lord Shiva ingested the venom, his neck and throat burned and went blue. As a result, his devotees offered holy Ganga water to treat his wound and ease his suffering.
About Kanwar Yatra
Every year, during the auspicious month of Shrawan, Lord Shiva devotees take part in a holy journey known as “Kanwar Yatra.”
A Kanwariya (a participant in a Kanwar yatra) starts his yatra to get the holy water of the Ganga by carrying Kanwar’s (pots) on his shoulders.
To donate water to Lord Shiva, the Kanwariyas set out from holy locations such as Gangotri, Gaumukh, Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Kashi.
The Kanwariyas fast while carrying the Kanwars, and they do not eat or drink anything while carrying the Kanwars.
The Kanwariyas walk barefoot because it is believed that once the pots are full of water, they should not touch the ground.
The Kanwar yatra will begin on July 14th this year, and due to Covid last year, Uttarakhand cancelled the Kanwar yatra, but this year Uttarakhand is ready to welcome the devotees, but they must follow all protocols.