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Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Mahina is the most sanctified month of the year and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Shravan Mahina (Month) is considered as the holiest month of the year. Many Hindu festivals fall in this specific month. Shravan Purnima is the most auspicious day in Shravan Mahina as per Hinduism.
It also marks the end of the holy month Shravan. Worshippers observe fasts during Savan month to please Lord Mahadeva (Shiva). On Purnima also called Poornima, Pournima (Full Moon) the Nakshatra ‘Shravan’ rules the sky, therefore the month is called Shravn.
Shravan Purnima Date
18 August, 2016 / Thursday
This auspicious day is also famous as Rakhi Purnima. Besides Rakhi there are various other important Hindu festivals like Nag Panchami, Putradaikadashi, Rishi Panchami, Mangala Gouri Puja, etc. that occur during Shravan Purnima. Sawan Poornima is also famous as Gamha Purnima in Orissa. In Southern part of India, Brahmins observe the day as Avani Avittam. This day is also called as Akshar Purnima in Gujarat. In Orissa, Bihar and Jharkhand, the day is famous as Kajari Purnima or Kajri Purnima.
Shravan Month Monday fast is fruitful for any devotee of Lord Shiva. Worshipping Lord Shiva on every Monday of this special month fulfills all wishes of a person. Special offerings like water, milk, curd, sugar, ghee, honey, rice, Bel leaves (Betel leaves), Bhang, Dhatura, etc. and prayers are performed in Lord Mahadeva (Shiva) temples. Those who observe the Somvar (Monday) fast of Shravan month attain the virtues received by visiting 12 Jyotirlingas.
Donations to be made on Shravan Purnima
- Donating Food to Brahmins
- Donating Clothes to Brahmins
Ladies observe the strict fast of 16 Monday's (Solah Somwar), for the long life of their husband and happiness of their children. Unmarried girls also observe this (Solah Somwar) 16 Monday fast to get a husband of their choice. It is during this period of Shravan Month or Maas that Lord Shiva drank poison that came out during the churning of the ocean popularly called "Samdura Manthan" to save the world.
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