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While the month of Shravan 2017 has begun in several states of India, there are a few in which Shravan is yet to arrive. According to the Gujarati calendar, the Hindu month of Shravan 2017 begins on July 24 and ends on August 21. (ALSO SEE Shravan Month 2017 Maharashtra: Shravan Somwar Vrat Dates and Significance of This Holy Month) Mondays in the month of Shravan are marked by the Shravan Somwar Vrat. Tuesdays are dedicated to Goddess Gauri and called Mangala Gauri Vrat. Fridays are marked by Lakshmi Puja and are referred to as Shravan Shukravar. The main ritual of Shravan in Gujarat, though, is the Gai Vrat or Gopooja. In the Gujarati calendar, Sud Paksh 2017 begins on July 24 and goes on till August 7. This is followed by the Vad Paksh 2017 starts on August 8 and go on till August 21. Also Read - Muslim Group in Maharashtra Performs Last Rites of 78-Year-Old Hindu Man After His Own Son Refuses
Shravan month holds great significance for Hindus all across India. On Gatari Amavasya, a day before Shravan, people indulge in delicious non-vegetarian food and alcoholic drinks to prepare themselves for abstinence during the month of Shravan. Many Hindu devotees give up alcohol for 40 days following Gatari to honor the holy Shravan month. (CHECK OUT Gatari Amavasya 2017: Ashada Amavasya Date and Celebration in Maharashtra) This act is also believed to be performed in order to avoid ailments during the monsoon season when the stomach is more susceptible to disorder. Gujarati Shravan maas is marked by several poojas, rituals and customs followed by locals, especially those who are ardent devotees of Lord Shiva. Incidentally, Gujarat is also home to the Somnath temple, which is believed to be the first of the twelve jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Also Read - Vaishno Devi Shrine Serves Sehri-Iftari to 500 Quarantined Muslims in Ramadan Amid COVID-19
Here are the significant dates in Gujarati Shravan Maas 2017: Also Read - Hindutva Outfits Trigger Wave of Islamophobia to Curb 'Economic Jihad', BJP MLA Backs #BoycottHalalProducts on Twitter
July 25, Tuesday: Shrungar Dwitiya/Sindhara Dooj, Shukra Moudyam Thyagam, Hariyali Teej, Simha Sankranti
July 26, Wednesday: Hariyali Teej, Durva Ganpati Vratam, Naga Chaturthi
July 27, Thursday Naag Panchami
August 7, Monday Raksha Bandhan
August 14, Monday – Sri Krishna Janmasthami
August 21, Monday – Bail Pola, Pithori Amavasya
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