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The holiest month of the Hindu calendar, Shravan is dedicated to Shiva. Those who follow it, observe strict rituals for this period in order to cleanse themselves and also to please their lord and seek his blessings. The month signifies the peak of monsoons and people avoid eating non-veg food and drinking alcohol. Many even eat only once a day. The most important part of Shravan is the Somvar Vrat which is observing a fast on Mondays. This is because it is a day of Shiva and people who follow it are able to please him. Also Read - We Have Named Her 'Priyanka Twitter Vadra': UP Deputy CM's Jibe at Congress Leader
The Somvar Vrat is observed more so by women as it is believed that doing so will result in them getting a good husband and having a prosperous life. If you will be observing the fast, this is the vidhi or procedure to do so.
First, take a bath in the morning and before offering prayers to Shiva, pray to his son Ganesha. Chant Om Namah Shivay to offer prayers to Shiva. If you have a shivlinga at home, offer it milk, honey, water and bilwa leaves and white flowers. Do so as you continue your chants. Many people also read the Shiva Purana on Mondays to please the god.
If your health permits, observe a full day fast. You can eat fruits if you like and cannot go hungry the whole day. In the evening, you can visit a Shiva temple or pray to the lord at home again. You can break your fast after the prayer. Many people observe a 24-hour fast and eat something only the next morning. The Somar Vrat is observed every Monday during the month of Shravan.
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