Sawan 2023: Start Date of the Auspicious Month, Significance & Puja

By: Future Point | 04-Jul-2023
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Sawan 2023: Start Date of the Auspicious Month, Significance & Puja

Sawan or Shravan is a month as per the Lunar Calendar that holds immense significance among the devotees of Lord Shiva. The holy scriptures say that cosmic energies are highly conducive for spiritual growth and a divine gateway to Lord Shiva’s grace opens up during this period. Devotees dedicate the entire month of Sawan to Puja (worship) rituals that help in propitiating Lord Shiva.

Sawan 2023 is going to be a very special one since this year the month of Sawan or Shravan will go on for 2 months and not 1 month because as per the Hindu calendar system- the Vikram Samvat, we are in the year 2080 which has the provision of an ‘Adhik Maas’. Adhik Maas means an extra month i.e there will be 13 instead of 12 months this year. As a result, this time, the duration of Sawan ‘month’ will be 59 days. Mondays are considered very special for worshipping Lord Shiva and usually there are 4 Mondays in Sawan. But this year owing to the Adhik Maas, Shiva devotees will get 8 Sawan Mondays!

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Let us look at more details about Sawan 2023.

When is the holy period of Sawan 2023 starting?

The holy period of Sawan 2023 will start on 4th July and will end on 31st August. This means that Shiva devotees will get almost 2 months to worship their deity during Sawan. It must be noted that there is a key tradition of the ‘Kavad’ pilgrimage in Sawan wherein devotees bring water from distant sacred rivers and offer it to Lord Shiva.

Every year in ‘Baidyanath Dham’ in the state of Jharkhand, a huge cultural fair is organized in the period of Sawan called the ‘Shravani Mela’.

The reason for ‘extended’ Sawan in 2023

The calculation of a year in ‘Vedic Panchang’ is done on the basis of ‘Chandra Varsh’ (Lunar Year) and ‘Saur Varsha’ (Solar Year). The Chandra Varsh has 354 days and the Saur Varsh has 365 days. Both of these have a difference of approximately 11 days and every three years this difference becomes 33 days which becomes the Adhik Mass or the extra month. This is why Sawan 2023 will go on till around 2 months.

Date Panchang of the starting of Sawan 2023

The ‘Pratipada Tithi’ (First Date) of the ‘Krishna Paksha’ (waning phase of the Moon) in the month of Shravan will begin on 3rd July 2023 at 05:08 PM and will end on 4th July 2023 at 01:38 PM.

Since the fasts on Mondays of Sawan are considered as extremely auspicious, devotees must know that the first Monday of Sawan 2023 will be on 10th July.

The Sawan month has also got other auspicious days and festivals like Sindhara Teej, Naag Panchami and Raksha Bandhan 

Dates of All Mondays in Sawan 2023

  1. First Monday of Sawan 2023: 10th July
  2. Second Monday of Sawan 2023: 17th July
  3. Third Monday of Sawan 2023: 24th July
  4. Fourth Monday of Sawan 2023: 31st July
  5. Fifth Monday of Sawan 2023: 07th August
  6. Sixth Monday of Sawan 2023: 14th August
  7. Seventh Monday of Sawan 2023: 21st August
  8. Eight Monday of Sawan 2023: 28th August

Why is the Monday of Sawan so significant?

The Hindu scriptures say that the devotee who observes a fast on a Sawan Monday is blessed with a blissful married life and enjoys abundant wealth & prosperity in life. It is recommended that a devotee must offer ‘Bel Patra’ (Bilva Leaves), Honey, Milk, Sandalwood Paste etc. to Lord Shiva as puja (worship) rituals performed during Sawan or Shravan help in easily propitiating Lord Shiva.

Furthermore, observing a fast on a Sawan Monday, strengthens the state of the Moon in one’s Kundli or Horoscope and blesses the person with sound health!

The Significance of Puja during Sawan

The Vedas and Puranas have described the significance of Shravan or Sawan in great detail. It was the period of Sawan when Goddess Parvati through extreme austerities got Lord Shiva as Her husband. It is said that Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, God Indra as well as the Ganas of Lord Shiva, descend onto the Earth and stay here during Sawan to worship Lord Shiva.

All sorrows are destroyed by worshipping Lord Shiva in Sawan and a devotee realizes his/her desires. The scriptures say that if one does the ‘Darshan’ of any of the 12 ‘Jyotirlingas’ during Sawan then he/she gets the pious karmic fruits that are equivalent to that of performing an ‘Ashwamegh Yagya’.

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Puja Method on the Monday of Sawan

  • Wear clean clothes after bathing on a Sawan Monday.
  • Take some water in your right hand and do the ‘Sankalp’) auspicious resolution of observing a Sawan Monday Fast.
  • Offer Ganga Jal to all the deities in the temple.
  • While reciting ॐ नमः शिवाय (Om Namah Shivay) perform the ‘Jalabhishek’ of Lord Shiva.
  • Offer Bilva Patra, Dhatura, Cow’s Milk, Flowers and other puja products.
  • It is recommended to listen to the story associated with fasting for Lord Shiva on a Monday and later complete your puja with the ‘Aarti’ of Lord Shiva.

Activities to avoid during Sawan

The holy scriptures forbid certain activities during the holy period of Shravan or Sawan. It is not advised to sleep in the daytime during Sawan. Eating brinjal or an eggplant is prohibited during Sawan as it is considered impure because it increases the Tamas in the body. Also, one must not offer ‘Ketaki’ flowers to Lord Shiva as these flowers are not conducive to be included in the puja due to the dislike that Lord Shiva has for these flowers.

The Best Puja for Sawan 2023

In these busy times, observing fasts or performing elaborate Sawan Puja Rituals is not possible for most of us. Therefore, Future Point offers the provision for getting the immensely auspicious & powerful ‘Rudrabhishek Puja’ to be performed in your name during the holy period of Shravan or Sawan 2023.

The Rudrabhishek Puja is performed by a highly learned Brahmin priest on your behalf and strictly in-accordance with all the Vedic rules & rituals.

So, what are you waiting for?

Book the Rudrabhishek Puja to be performed in your name in Sawan 2023 and get the blessings of Lord Shiva for leading a peaceful, blissful & prosperous life ahead.

Wishing you a very happy Sawan 2023!

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