Lord Shiva is worshipped during the Sravana month. The importance of worshipping Lord Shiva in the month of Sawan has been mentioned in the Rigveda. A huge crowd can be seen on the first Monday of the Sawan month in temples devoted to Lord Shiva. The devotees of Lord Shiva worship him according to their faith and devotion. Everyone is involved in worshipping Lord Shiva. Devotees bring water filled pots from from far away places to do jalabhishek of the lord.
Puja for Sawan Mondays
This fast is commenced on the first Monday of Sawan. On this day, the head of the family should wake up early in the morning, clean the house, take a bath and sprinkle the ganga jal for the purity of the house. After that, the observer should establish the idol of Lord Shiva in the north east corner of the house. Lord Shiva is worshipped along with his entire family, including Lord Ganesha, Lord Kartikeya, Goddess Parvati, Nandi Deva and Nag Deva on this day.
Water, milk,curd, sugar, ghee, honey, panchamrit, clothes, sacred thread, sandalwood, rice, fruits, flowers, belpatra, datura, lotus, cloves, cardamom etc are offered to the idol of the lord while performing puja. On this day aarti is performed with dhoop and diya.
After performing the puja, the observer should have only one time meal. A person who fasts in the month of sawan gets relief from all sufferings and troubles in life. He attains happiness and prosperity. Sawan fasting is performed from the sunrise till the sunset. The observer should listen to Somwaar Vrat Katha and eat only after the sunset.
Significance of Sawan Mondays
It is believed that the month of Sawana is very dear to Lord Shiva. People observe fast on every monday of shravan month and worship Lord Shiva with enthusiasm and faith. According to the ancient belief, those who perform monday fasting is blessed with happiness and all the pleasures of the world. His all the desires are fulfilled. Donation and charity made on this day gives fruits equivalent to that of visiting Jyotirlinga.
People have their own purpose to observe this fast. Some observe it for long life, happy married life or for happiness and prosperity of children. Sawan Somvar Fast provides wealth, luxury and increase in generation. Lord Shiva is worshipped with Belpatra on this day as it is believed that Lord Shiva resides in the roots of bel patra. Hence, this puja provides the results equal to any pilgrimage visit.