One of the name of Lord shiva is soma – saha uma. For the Lord someshvara Who wears the soma, the moon crescent on the matted hair, on the somavara day (Monday), this festival is observed.
Though all Mondays can be observed as vrat there are special mondays when it is much more emphasised to observe like the shravan Somvar and karthikai somavar. According to skandha purana, on the Mondays of the month karthikai (mid Nov to mid Dec) this vrata is observed.
Way of observing
After taking bath pray to the Auspicious and Graceful Lord Shiva. Anointing the Lord with Panchamritam and other pleasant substances, hail the Lord offering bilvapatra leaves. During the day don’t take any solid food. You can take Milk/ buttermilk/ fruit juice/ fruits . After Sun Set in the evening pray to Lord Shiva and break your fast and eat normal solid food (avoid onions and garlic) . Your fasting should start from 12 in the midnight and ends at in the evening on Monday. It is believed that one who fasts on all Monday of Shravan has all prayers from the heart answered. It is not necessary to undergo rigid practices. Even for this fast, different people may have different practices….e.g. some people may not have buttermilk or some may have specific mantras to be chanted. You can follow whatever gives you a peace of mind.
Significance of Shravan Weekdays
Each day in the month of Shravan has a special significance and has its own ritual.
Monday: is the day of Lord Shiva worship.
Tuesday: Gauri is worshipped in every home, by women for the good health of their family.
Wednesday: are dedicated to Vithala, a form of Vishnu or Krishna.
Thursday: are also days for worshipping Buddh and Guru.
Friday: every home worships Lakshmi and Tulsi.
Saturday: are for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays, with the object of object of obtaining wealth. These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays).
Sundays: are meant worshiping the Sun god. Sun worship was general in the Vedic period and even now it is so. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshiped without fail.
• Wear Rudraksh, and also use a Rudraksh mala for Japa.
• Offer Lord Shiva Bhibhuti and place some on your forehead.
• Make offerings of Bel leaves, Panchamrut (milk, yoghurt, clarified butter, honey and jaggery) on Shiva Ling.
• Recite Shiv Chalisa and Aarti.
• Chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra.
• Fasting on Mondays. Girls who fast on all Mondays of Shravan get a good husband.
हर साल महाशिवरात्रि के शुभ अवसर पर हजारों लिटर दुध तथा अन्य पदार्थ शिवलिंग पर चढ़ाये जाते हैं। महाशिवरात्रि के अलावा भी श्रद्धालु श्री कल्याणेश्वर शिव मंदिर मंदिर में चढ़ावा चढाते हुए देखे जा सकते हैं।
पर क्या आप जानते हैं की ये सब खाद्य पदार्थ कहाँ जाते हैं? जी हाँ। यह दुध, दही, घी, शहद, अनाज पानी द्वारा बहा दिया जाता है। नागपुर में न जाने ऐसे कितने इंसान और लावारिस जानवर ऐसे हैं जिनका पेट हमारे द्वारा चढ़ाये गए और व्यर्थ बहा दिए गए अन्न से भरा जा सकता है।
भक्तों से नम्र निवेदन है की इस महाशिवरात्रि से अन्न का सदुपयोग करते हुए किसी जरूरतमंद की सहायता करें। भगवान भोलेनाथ तो आशुतोष हैं। उन्हें अपनी भक्ति से प्रसन्न कीजिये।
।। बम बम भोले ।।