The month of Sawan holds great significance in Hindu mythology and traditions.
It is a time of devotion, fasting, and prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva. One of the most anticipated days in this month is the “Sawan Ka Pehla Somvar,” which translates to “the first Monday of Sawan”.
Mondays are already considered sacred to Lord Shiva, and the first Monday of Sawan carries additional sanctity.
It is believed that observing fasts and offering prayers on this day can bring immense blessings and fulfillment of desires.
Religious Practices and Rituals:
Devotees observe a strict fast on Sawan Ka Pehla Somvar.
Some devotees observe a complete fast without consuming any food or water throughout the day, while others opt for a partial fast by consuming fruits and milk.
Fasting is believed to purify the body and mind and create a deep connection with Lord Shiva.
Devotees visit Shiva temples to perform the ritualistic bathing of the Shiva Linga known as “Abhishek.”
They offer various sacred substances like milk, water, honey, curd, and Ganga jal (holy water from the Ganges) to the Shiva Linga while chanting prayers and mantras.
This act symbolizes the cleansing and purification of the soul.