From July 14, this auspicious month of Shiva lovers has started, meaning the Shravan has already begun as per the Hindu calendar. Shravan is celebrated for and dedicated to Lord Shiva by his devotees. Every day is indeed special in this period but Sawan Shivaratri has its significance.
Sawan Shivaratri 2022
Shivratri falls on the 13th or 14th day of every month, but Mahashivratri has a greater significance. It is celebrated once a year by all the devotees either in February or March before summer arrives. However, Shivratri which falls in the month of Sawan is called Sawan or Shravan Shivratri. And this year this day is being celebrated on July 26.
Sawan or Shravan Shivratri is mostly popular in North India where people follow Purnimant Lunar Calendar. This means States including “Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar” celebrate the most.
States including “Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu” follow Amavasyant Lunar Calendar, so they celebrate Ashadha Shivaratri.
Date And Timings
As per Panchangam, which is the Hindu calendar and almanack:
- Chaturdashi Tithi will commence on July 26, 6:46 PM to 9:11 PM on July 27.
- Shiva Puja will performed on July 27, from 12:07 AM to 12:49 AM.
Devotees who want to have a fast on Shivratri day have only one meal a day before. On this auspicious day, a full day of fasting Sankalp has to be taken after performing the morning puja. During the Sankalp devotees seek Lord Shiva’s blessings and show self-determination towards having a full day fast without any disturbance.
On the day of the occasion, devotees bathe for a second time in the evening before visiting a temple or performing Puja. Afterwards, they break the fast after Puja at night. Then Hariyali Amavasya also comes a day or two after Sawan Shivaratri.
A devotee can chant these mantras during the Puja on this pure day.
“Om Namah Shivay”
“Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat”
“Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat”