Shravan month 2020 start date and other important days
- Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu Lunar calendar
- It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati
- Devotees keep a vrat on Mondays or Tuesdays during this month
Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu lunar calendar (both Purnimant and Amanta). This month is considered holy because it is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva and his consort, Mata Parvati. It also marks the beginning of the Chaturmas. Devotees keep a vrat (fast) on every Monday and Tuesday or Monday/Tuesday during the holy month. Read on to know when the Savan Mahina starts this year and the other important dates.
Shravan 2020 start date (Purnimant calendar)
According to the North Indian Purnimant calendar (a calendar in which a month ends with Purnima or full moon day), Shravan 2020 starts on July 6. Devotees who hail from North Indian states such as Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh will observe Shravan month as per the Purnimant calendar.
The important dates in the month of Shravan (Purnimant) are as follows:
|July 6||First Shravan Somwar (First Monday and the first day of Shravan)|
|July 13||Second Shravan Somwar|
|July 20||Third Shravan Somwar|
|July 27||Fourth Shravan Somwar|
|August 3||Fifth Shravan Somwar (last Somwar and the last day of the month)|
Shravan 2020 start date (Amavasyant Calendar)
According to the Amavasyant calendar (the Hindu calendar in which a month ends with Amavasya or the New Moon day), Shravan month will begin on July 23. Devotees who hail from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu follow shall begin their vrat on July 21.
The important dates in the month of Shravan (Amavasyant) are as follows:
|July 21||Shravan month begins|
|July 27||First Shravan Somwar|
|August 3||Second Shravan Somwar|
|August 10||Third Shravan Somwar|
|August 17||Fourth Shravan Somwar|
|August 19||Shravan month ends|
Importance of Shravan
The month of Shravan is associated with the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the cosmic ocean. When the Devas and the Asuras churned the sea to obtain Amrit (nectar of immortality), Halahala (venom) emerged from the ocean bed. To save the universe from its ill-effects, Lord Shiva drank the poison. And because of it, his neck turned blue. Moreover, he held the Halahala in his neck to stop it from moving further down in his body. However, he suffered pain and burns. Therefore, as a gesture of gratitude, his devotees offer water from the river Ganga to help his wounds heal.
Devotees keep a vrat either on Monday( Somwar vrat) or on Tuesday (Mangal Gauri Vrat, dedicated to Goddess Parvati).