Sawan Shivaratri or Shravan Shivaratri 2018 is being celebrated in India on August 9, 2018. According to Drikpanchang, the Chaturdashi Tithi during Krishna Paksha is observed as Masik Shivratri or Masa Shivaratri. There are 12 Shivaratri in a year. Many staunch devotees of Lord Shiva observe fast and worship Shiva Linga on each Shivaratri in the year. The Shivaratri that falls during the month of Shravan or Sawan is called Sawan Shivaratri (Shivratri). The entire month of Shravan is dedicated to worship Lord Shiva. Unmarried girls fast on Mondays to get an ideal groom as their life partner. However, the most significant Shivaratri is the one which falls during the month of February or March, Maha Shivaratri. It corresponds during to Phalguna month according to the North Indian calendar.
When is Shravan (Sawan) Shivaratri 2018?
9th August, 2018
Shravan (or Sawan) Shivaratri 2018 Importance
People known as ‘Kawariya’ carry Gangajal in a special carrier called Kawar to the various Shiva temples in India. Temples in North India Kashi Vishwanath, Badrinath Dham, Neelkanth, etc arrange special Pujas and Shiva Darshan during the Sawan month. Thousands of devotees swarm at these holy sites to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and perform Gangajal Abhishekam.
Sawan Shivaratri is celebrated in Indian states of ttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar where Purnimant Lunar Calendar is followed. In Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu where Amavasyant Lunar Calendar is followed Sawan Shivaratri corresponds to Ashadha Shivaratri.
Shravan (Sawan) Shivaratri 2018 Puja Vidhi, Vrat Vidhi
One day before the Shivaratri Vrat, devotees should eat only one time. On Shivaratri day, after performing the morning rituals and Puja, devotees take a Sankalp to observe full day fast on Shivaratri and consume food on the next day. During the Sankalp, the devotees pledge for self-determination throughout the fasting period and seek blessing of Lord Shiva.
On Shivaratri day, devotees take the second bath in the evening before performing the Puja. The Shiva Puja is performed at night and the fast is broken the next day. Devotees should break the fast between sunrise and before the end of Chaturdashi Tithi to get maximum benefit of the Vrat.
Sawan Shivaratri is also known as Shravana Shivaratri. Hariyali Amavasya also falls during Sawan month one or two days after the Shivaratri.