New Delhi: The auspicious month of Shravan or Sawan has commenced and devotees across the nation are immersed in the festive fervour. The pious month falls during July-August, as per Gregorian calendar and is considered to be extremely auspicious where devotees pray to Lord Shiva and his consort Mata Parvati.
Renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik took to Twitter and shared the picture of his tribute to Lord Shiva. He wrote: “#OmmNamahShivaya”
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) August 6, 2018
Today marks the second Monday of Shravan or Sawan and this makes it even more auspicious for the devotees. People throng Shiva-Parvati temples in the morning and pray to the God for blessings.
According to Drikpanchang, the significant dates in the month of Shravan 2018 in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar are as follows:
28 July (Saturday) First Day of Shravan 2018
30 July (Monday) First Monday
06 August (Monday) Second Monday
13 August (Monday) Third Monday
20 August (Monday) Fourth Monday
26 August (Sunday) Last day of Shravana Month
According to Drikpanchang, the significant dates in the month of Shravan 2018 in Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are as follows:
12 August (Sunday) First day of Shravan 2018
13 August (Monday) First Monday
20 August (Monday) Second Monday
27 August (Monday) Third Monday
03 September (Monday) Fourth Monday
09 September (Sunday) Last day of Shravana Month
During the month of Shravan or Sawan, several devotees set out on a yatra by foot, popularly known as 'Kanwar Yatra'. In the Kanwar Yatra, bhakts carrying sacred water in pitchers that are tied to a bamboo pole set out on a spiritual journey. The pole is carried by devotees who balance it on his shoulder without letting the pitchers on either side move from its position.
They fill the pitchers with holy water from different Shiva temples they come across while travelling. The devotees also sing and dance while on their spiritual journey.
Om Namah Shivai!