When is Raksha Bandhan 2020, Raksha Bandhan Kab Hai

When is Raksha Bandhan 2020, Raksha Bandhan Kab Hai

Raksha bandhan 2019 Date is on August 15, Thursday
Raksha bandhan 2020 Date is on August 03, Monday

All brothers and sisters are eager to know when is Raksha bandhan celebrated in India. Raksha bandhan day falls on a full-moon in the month of Shravan. Raksha bandhan date varies from year to year. For the exact rakhi festival date or to know when is rakhi festival celebrated in India, you can also refer to the Hindu calendar. The date of raksha bandhan 2020 has been published according to the Hindu calendar. Preparation for raksha bandhan 2020 has already started in various parts of India. Raksha bandhan is also known as Rakhi purnima or Raksha bandhan purnima.

What is Raksha Bandhan

Raksha bandhan celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters where sisters lovingly tie a rakhi or a sacred thread in her brother’s wrist. The sister wishes her brother Happy Raksha Bandhan and also wish her brother’s lifelong well being and happiness.

Raksha Bandhan Meaning

The significance of raksha bandhan is that when the sisters tie the piece of rakhi on their brother’s hand, the brothers take a vow to protect their beloved sisters from all harm for the rest of their lives. The name of the raksha bandhan festival is derived from this concept. Typically, Rakhi is an Indian festival celebrated by Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs.

Importance of Rakhi festival in India

There are several mythological stories popular among the Indians about raksha bandhan. Raksha bandhan history or rakhi history goes back to the very ancient times. The children listen to the mythological stories from their grandparents and parents and see the pictures of Rakhi festival depicting the raksha bandhan story that help us know Rakhi festival from our very childhood.

When is Raksha Bandhan celebrated

Rakhi festival in India is celebrated on a full moon in the month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar.

Legends of Raksha Bandhan

There are several interesting legends and mythological stories associated with raksha bandhan. Most of the raksha bandhan legends date back to the Hindu puranas and epics.

King Bali and Goddess Laxmi -  In the story of King Bali and Goddess Laxmi, Goddess Laxmi went to Bali to seek refuge and tied rakhi on his hands on the day of shravan purnima.

Indra/Indrani and Yama/Yamuna -  In the story of Indra and Indrani and Yama and Yamuna the vows of protecting the sister and the never-ending love have been re-emphasized.

King Porus and Alexander's wife Roxana -  In the historical anecdote of King Porus and Alexander's wife Roxana, she had sent a rakhi to King Porus because of which Porus had retracted from the battlefield without harming Alexander.

Maharani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun -  Maharani Karnawati and Emperor Humayun also find a place in the history of raksha bandhan legends when she had asked for help from Humayun by sending a rakhi.

Rakhi Festival Celebrations

Raksha bandhan day is celebrated by wishing each other Happy raksha bandhan. For brothers and sisters who are living far away from each other, the sisters also send raksha bandhan letter along with the piece of scared thread of rakhi. There are so many and colourful and different types of rakhis available in the market. Raksha bandhan celebration in India happens with a lot of enthusiasm. This festival is especially predominant in North India. South, East, and West India celebrations are carried out by sending gifts and special raksha bandhan messages. The ceremony of tying the sacred thread of rakhi along with wishes form the main part of the rakhi celebrations. In West Bengal, especially in Kolkata this day coincides with the jhoolan purnima. Pictures of sisters lovingly tying rakhi in their brother’s wrists are a common sight. There are unique raksha bandhan celebration ideas and photos available. The history of raksha bandhan goes back to the ancient period when Rani Karnavati, the widowed queen of Chittor sent a rakhi to the Mughal emperor Humayun asking for his help.

Raksha Bandhan Wishes

Rakhi celebrates the unique and incomparable love between a brother and sister through loads of raksha bandhan wishesSpecial raksha bandhan wishes for brother come from all sisters far and near. Sisters pray for the lifelong well being of the brothers and send cards, greetings, and messages. Wishes and cards are exchanged, SMS and quotes is Hindi, English and other regional languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi, Bengali, etc. are downloaded to be used in preparing special cards for sisters and brothers. Brothers also wish the happiness and prosperity of their sisters and also take a vow to protect their sisters from all harm and unhappiness.

The following are a great collection of wishes for Raksha Bandhan:

-May this Rakhi bring you everything you desire and everything you dream of. May success Accompany you in every step that you take. Have A Blessed Rakhi

-Bhagwan kare tujhe bahut pyaar mile sabhi ladkiyan tujhe baandhe rakhi tujhe jeevan bhar ka unka saath mile. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

-Do U Know That, Fun As A Triple Scoops, Sweet As Chocolates, Bright & Cheerful As Flowers, Its You, May Your Wishes Come True, and May Each Of Your Days Be Filled With, Joy & Smiles Too! Happy Raksha Bandhan Dear Brother!

-The loving occasion of Raksha Bandhan is the best time Brother, To reminisce fondly the wonderful moment we have spent together, Thanks for spreading smiles everywhere and making life so beautiful, Meaningful and Happy Raksha Bandhan My Dear Brother.

-Days go past without us expressing our deep affection for each other. Rakhi Comes as a golden Opportunity to tell you that i’ll always adore you and wish you happiness of Every kind… On Rakhi Wishes You Life’s Biggest Joy

-We were always close, looking out for each other even when life led us along different paths… Like an invisible thread, our love binds us together, making sure we’ll remember where we came from and what we mean to each other. Wishing you a joyous Raksha Bandhan, Dear Brother.

-It’s a small thread that has travelled a long way. From pulling each other’s leg, to growing into The best of friends…Today its paused, At yet another milestone, on the journey of friendship and love. May this small thread bind us forever !

-You never say no, you never say thats impossible And you never say you can’t.  That’s my bro, A superman who make things Possible and who make paths smoother. I love you.

Raksha Bandhan Greeting Cards

Rakhi is a happy festival celebrating the eternal bond of love and care between brothers and sisters. Raksha bandhan ecards have become quite popular with the penetration of computers into the Indian households. Raksha bandhan greetings are exchanged among the brothers and sisters as they wish each other with happy raksha bandhan cards. Greeting cards fit for all ages and expressing all types of emotions in various regional languages such as Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, and Hindi can be found to make your brother’s or sister’s day special. Several websites allow download of free cards from their extensive card libraries. Raksha bandhan greeting cards generate quite a lot of business as there are millions of cards sold all over the country. For those brothers and sisters who are staying abroad can send cards to their dear ones to India through the option of rakhi greeting e-cards. Special rakhi cards for brother with customized messages are a trend. There are various types rakhi cards online, along with the animated cards fitted for kid brothers and sisters or special cards meant for sister. Raksha bandhan printable cards can be downloaded from the various websites on the occasion. This happy occasion sees an exchange of messages, SMS, and a lot of nice gifts.

Raksha Bandhan Quotes

Rakhi, celebrating the eternal bond of a brother and sister is celebrated by writing special words and composing special poems for brother and for sister. Greetings sent through SMS and messages expressing heartfelt love are exchanged all over the world. Raksha bandhan quotes in Hindi or general quotes on raksha bandhan, including raksha bandhan shayari in various regional languages, for example in Gujarati, Marathi or Hindi are also very popularly downloaded by all generations. Famous raksha bandhan sayings are collected from friends by brothers and sisters to let them know how much they care for their brothers or sisters.

The following are some of the great quotes on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan:

- It’s hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own. ~Pam Brown

- She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is your witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark. She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink. Some days, she’s the reason you wish you were an only child. ~Barbara Alpert

- Whatever you do they will love you; even if they don’t love you they are connected to you till you die. You can be boring and tedious with sisters, whereas you have to put on a good face with friends. ~Deborah Moggach

-Sisters are for sharing laughter and wiping tears. ~Author Unknown

-You can kid the world. But not your sister. ~Charlotte Gray

-Sisters don’t need words. They have perfected a language of snarls and smiles and frowns and winks – expressions of shocked surprise and incredulity and disbelief. Sniffs and snorts and gasps and sighs – that can undermine any tale you’re telling. ~Pam Brown

-A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost. ~Marion C. Garretty

-More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you’ve been bad and good. ~Linda Sunshine

-Having a sister is like having a best friend you can’t get rid of. You know whatever you do, they’ll still be there. ~Amy Li

-It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to count on… someone to tell on! ~Author Unknown

-Sisters annoy, interfere, criticize. Indulge in monumental sulks, in huffs, in snide remarks. Borrow. Break. Monopolize the bathroom. Are always underfoot. But if catastrophe should strike, sisters are there. Defending you against all comers. ~Pam Brown

-One of the best things about being an adult is the realization that you can share with your sister and still have plenty for yourself. ~Betsy Cohen

-She takes my hand and leads me along paths I would not have dared explore alone. ~Maya V. Patel

Raksha Bandhan Messages

Rakhi festival of India is a predominant festival celebrating the indomitable spirits of all brothers and sisters. Sister write sweet raksha bandhan letter to brother. They prepare cards with raksha bandhan messages for brothers very lovingly and the brothers go about hunting special gifts for sisters. Raksha bandhan message for sisters, long loving letters, poems and sayings are downloaded or composed to be gifted to brothers. Raksha bandhan SMS messages in Hindi, Bengali, English, Marathi, and various other Indian languages float around. Nice raksha bandhan sayings, letters, and poems with poignant quotes form an integral part of happy raksha bandhan messages.

Happy Raksha Bandhan Messages

-Aaj rakhi ka din khushiya laya hai, behan-bhai ke rishte ko khushiyon se bharne aya hai, aao milkar manaye raksha bandhan, kyun ki yeh har behan-bhai ko apana furz yad dilane aya hai. Happy Rakshabandhan....

-I waited long for the day through the year that you so ceremoniously tie rakhi on my wrist and pray for my well being. Dear Sis, I wish that our bond grows stronger everyday.

-Sister is someone who is caring and sharing. Sister can understand things you never said. She can understand pain, which is not visible to anyone. I love my sister.

-On this special ocassion of Rakhi, I just wanted to thank you for all the times you have been there to encourage, to depend on and for support and love. Ours is a wonderful relationship and I hope it stays this way always. This is the time to show how much we mean to each other not only on the ocassion of Rakhi but always.

-We were always close, looking out for each other even when life led us along different paths... Like an invisible thread, our love binds us together, making sure we'll remember where we came from and what we mean to each other. Wishing you a joyous Raksha Bandhan, Dear Brother.

-Never ever thought we will not be together this day. I am really missing you very much. The Rakhi you send is very good, it's looking great on my wrist. I just pray that we will be together on every Rakhi from next year. May God bless you with lot of happiness, love and success. Take care.

-Warm wishes on Rakhi Day! Rakhi Day is the day when special people like u r thought of fondly with luv & cheer. Hope every hour of this special day is filled with moments, that will bring happiness 4 U. HAVE A GR8 RAKHI BHAYYA With loads of love Yours ever loving sis.

-God could not take care for the whole world so he has given mothers to each family. In the same way mother could not take care for the whole part of our life, so she had given brother. Thanks for being my brother.

-I wish u "HAPPY RAKHI" and I pray to GOD for ur prosperous life. May you find all the delights of life, may all ur dreams come true. My best wishes will always be with you and I wish that u'll always shower your blessings on me.

-You know that you are the most precious stone in the collection of my secret treasure.. Wishing you very Happy Rakhi and best of luck for every thing.

Raksha Bandhan SMS

The festival of rakhi is celebrated with huge fanfare and joyous activities. Sending raksha bandhan SMS to brothers and sisters is now very popular. Even Raksha bandhan Hindi SMS, Marathi SMS, Telegu SMS, and SMSs in other regional Indian languages are exchanged in large numbers. Customized messages for brothers and for sisters can be composed to be sent across. Nice collection of SMS can be downloaded at minimal expenses to speak your heart-felt words.  For brothers and sisters who are separated by geographical distances, Raksha bandhan wishes are generally and primarily sent through Raksha bandhan SMS. Now with mobile being popular among all generations, SMSs are sent in millions all across the world.

These are some of the great collection of Raksha Bandhan SMS:

-If I Can Choose My Brother In Next Life, It’ll B U (If U Gift Me A Mercedes Benz 2morrow). Love You Always. Happy Raksha Bandhan.

-Holi is colourful, Deewali is lightful and brightful, Rakhi has made our relationship POWERFUL.

-Har Ladki Aapke Liye Bekarar Hai, Har Ladki Ko Aap Ka Intezar Hai, Ye Aap Ka Koi Kamal Nahi, Kuch He Dino Me Raakhi Ka Tyohaar He.

-You Know That You Are The Most Precious Stone In The Collection Of My Secret Treasure.. Wishing You Very Happy Rakhi And Best Of Luck For Every Thing.

-Rakhi Ko Tyonhar Tha, Rakhi Bandhane Ko Bhai Taiyar Tha, Bhai Bola bahna meri ab to rakhi bandh do, Bahna Boli, Kalai Peechhe karo, Pahale Rupae Hazaar do.

-God could not take care for the whole world, so he has given mothers to each family. In the same way mother could not take care for the whole part of our life, so she had given brothers. Thanks for being my brother.

-Aati Thi Jaathi Thi, Hansti Thi, hansati thi, Bhagati Thi, Bhagaati Thi, Bolti Thi, Bulwati Thi, Per aaj pata chala ki, vah mujhe rakhi bandhana chahati thi.

-Rakhi is just an excuse for me to express myself:  You mean the world to me. Happy Raksha Bandhan to My sweet sister.

-You Are So Cute, Darling And Adorable.. Can’t Help Forming A Relationship With You… Please Accept Me As Your Dearest And Sweetest Behna. Happy Raksha Bandhan

-Phoolon ka taron ka sabka kehna hai, Duniya me sobse achha mere Bhaiya hai... luv u always. Happy Rakhi..

-Hey didi you are the best. Do you know why? Because I am your brother ;-) Happy Rakhi Didi

Raksha Bandhan Recipes

This Raksha bandhan, make your brothers and sisters day special by preparing a nice and tasty dish. Mouth-watering raksha bandhan recipes written in Hindi and English are available. Hotels and restaurants attract a lot of customers by arranging special raksha bandhan thali where you can take your brother or sister for a special treat. Raksha bandhan sweets are made to order to be gifted when brothers and sisters meet for the tying of the rakhi. Online booking and free delivery of rakhi gift hampers, including delicacies can now be arranged sitting in one’s home and sent across to the various parts of the world.

Raksha Bandhan Songs

Rakhi is usually celebrated with the family members where you enjoy the moments of family bonding and listening to raksha bandhan songs on this day is a good way to renew the sibling bonds. Raksha bandhan songs free download are now available all over internet for you to download anytime. You can listen to and enjoy free mp3 raksha bandhan songs online in all regional languages, including Hindi, Tamil, and Telegu, Punjabi, Marathi, and Gujarati. Songs with touching lyrics specially meant for the occasion can be heard, be it old melodies of the by-gone days or modern songs. Watch raksha bandhan videos on YouTube with friends and family.

Raksha Bandhan Poems

Famous poets and composers have written innumerable Raksha bandhan poems in Hindi and other Indian languages such as Punjabi, Urdu, and Marathi to celebrate the eternal bond between brothers and sisters. Poems specially meant for kids have also been written. Geet or Hindi songs and special quotes celebrating the joys of the raksha bandhan festival are quite rampant in Indian literary history. Raksha bandhan poem stands apart as a symbol of the everlasting love and bond between a brother and a sister. Nice and effective quotes are collected to wish each other among the brothers and sisters. While tying the Rakhi on the brother’s wrist, the sisters might recite a self-composed raksha bandhan poem as that will surely add special warmth to the occasion.

Rakhi Day is Righteous Day
by A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

This full moon day our hearts are in brim
Feeling of faith and serenity in mind.
We light the lamps and our hears glow
Radiance of happiness and peace are in flow.
Harmonious homes are like streams of joy
Flowing and flourishing the landscape en route.
Nobility in heart and character in deed
Righteous homes alone make a beautiful State.
Sisters will tie the thread on the brothers
Abiding them to do only what is right and clean.
Put the Kumkum and blessed rice on the head
Where will dwell right thoughts and noble action.

A Brother Just Like You

I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me
Only a heart as dear as yours
Would give so unselfishly
The many things you've done
All the times that you were there
Help me know deep down inside
How much you really care
Even though I might not say
I appreciate all you do
Richly blessed is how I feel
Having a brother just like you.

A Sister is Forever
by Bruce B. Wilmer

A sister's a sister forever,
A bond that diminishes never,
A friend who is kindly and caring,
A sibling God chooses for sharing.,
Few ties as deep and profound,
And with so much affection abound,
Though some thoughts are seldom expressed,
Love endures and survives every test.,
Of the constants that rest in the heart,
A sister's a primary part.,
She'll always be there when you need her,
You listen, you value, you heed her.,
As growth, independence you ponder,
Your feelings grow deeper and fonder;
And life tells you one thing that is true:,
A sister's a large part of you.

Raksha Bandhan Gifts

Rakhi is a festival of enjoying exchanging gifts among brothers and sisters. Nowadays, because of all the popularity and hype given to the occasion by small and big business communities, customized gifts for raksha bandhan occupies a predominant place in the whole celebrations. Gifts specially meant for brothers, for kids, and for sisters are available. Raksha bandhan gifts for sister can be a beautiful piece of jewellery such as raksha bandhan bracelets. Online raksha bandhan gifts can be sent to UK, to USA or to Canada, and to any place in India be it to Chennai or Mumbai. New ideas for raksha bandhan 2011 gifts, including rakhi gift hampers customized to personal likes are now available. Sending rakhi abroad is now easy through the various agencies that operate online and you can place your orders online along with a raksha bandhan gift for your beloved brother or sister sitting somewhere far off.

Rakhi Gifts for Brother

For sisters who are sad that they won’t be able to meet their brothers this raksha bandhan, sending rakhi gifts for brothers is now easy and fast. There is a huge range of unique raksha bandhan gifts for brothers now available in the online stores. Be it gifts for raksha bandhan for brothers, for kids, to be sent to India, to UK, to USA, or to Canada. Send raksha bandhan gift to various places in India be it to Chennai, Mumbai or lesser known places. Online raksha bandhan gifts be it raksha bandhan bracelets for both brothers and sisters or attractive rakhi gift hampers along with sending rakhi abroad can be done in minutes. New ranges of expensive and middle-range of raksha bandhan gifts as well as gifts of low ranges for teenage brothers and sisters who have been saving their pocket money for this occasion are now available.

Rakhi gifts for Sister

You can now sit in one corner of the world and send beautiful rakhi gifts for sister sitting somewhere far away from you. Raksha bandhan gifts for sister are picked up by brothers carefully and lovingly. Online sending of gifts for raksha bandhan is now in vogue and it has now become easier for brothers to send raksha bandhan gift to the other side of the earth such as to U.K., to USA, and Canada. It might also be possible to send raksha bandhan gifts or rakhi gift hampers in various places in India such as to Chennai, or Delhi, or Mumbai. Special gifts for kids, or raksha bandhan bracelets for teenage brothers and sisters are also very much in fashion. Online raksha bandhan gifts send from abroad to India is also quite popular. Sending rakhi abroad is now made faster and easier.

Rakhi Return Gifts

Rakhi return gifts form an important part of the rakhi celebration in India. Through the online shopping portals, you can send return gifts to brother and sisters staying in far-off places such as UK and USA. Gifts meant especially for kids are also available in wide ranges. Sending return gifts for raksha bandhan is a widely prevalent custom in North India and other big cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmadabad. Now you can buy rakhi gifts online easily and from a wide variety of choices and can even send rakhi return gifts from the comfort of your house.

Raksha Bandhan Wallpapers

Raksha bandhan wallpapers are available online and can be downloaded for free. Setting a raksha bandhan wallpaper could be a unique way to celebrate the Rakhi festival. It can also be downloaded and set as a surprise for your sister’s or brother’s mobile. Download attractive raksha bandhan wallpapers this raksha bandhan festival 2011 and add spice to your raksha bandhan celebrations. Beautiful floral motifs, or lovely sceneries, thematic wallpapers or abstract designs are now all available to suit every individual’s taste and need. With the increase in the usage of mobiles among the younger generation, the popularity of wallpapers has also increased.

Raksha Bandhan Pictures

Nice and sweet raksha bandhan pictures or images can be downloaded and set as wallpapers. Photos of bonding depicting sweet moments between brothers and sisters can be printed and used for preparing greetings cards to be sent to brothers and sisters. Pictures of raksha bandhan can be downloaded from Internet and used for preparing e-wishes. Download raksha bandhan pics and images from the various websites and prepare a nice greetings card accompanied by a self-composed poem expressing the joy of having such a wonderful brother or sister in your life. Various websites hold up the tradition of rakhi celebration as an integral part of Indian culture through these rakhi pictures of raksha bandhan.

Buy Rakhi Online

With the advent of technology and the penetration of computers and Internet in every household and the increasing awareness among the general masses, you can buy raksha bandhan gifts easily and quickly without visiting the stores. Buy raksha bandhan online gifts, greetings cards, customized gift hampers and send them all across to different places in India and even aboard such as UK, USA, and Canada. Buy rakhi online sitting anywhere in the world and send them across to your brothers and sisters staying in some other part of the world.

Send Rakhi

Send rakhi gifts to any part of the world be it to UK, to USA or Canada from the comfort of your house. Special customised gifts and flowers, chocolates, and hampers can be sent to sisters to give her a pleasant surprise. Similarly, sisters can send special gifts to brothers by ordering online. Send rakhi to India within days from any part of the world. Brothers and sisters in India can similarly send rakhi online to places such as Germany, Australia, Dubai, and New Zealand along with lovely presents, greetings, SMS, and e-cards. Send raksha bandhan cards and posts scraps; send raksha bandhan thali and other customized gifts to your loving brothers or sisters to make this raksha bandhan very special from them.

Hariyali Teej

Hariyali Teej 2019 

Teej is the festival which is observed by Hindu women in North Indian states like Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand. In Sawan and Bhadrapada months comes the celebration of three famous Teej festivals. These are as follows:

  • Hariyali Teej
  • Kajari Teej
  • Hartalika Teej

Which are the other Teej festivals?
Some other Teej days are Akha Teej commonly known as Akshaya Tritiya and Gangaur Tritiya. The months of Shravana and Bhadrapada are highly important as Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej the 3 Teej festivities are celebrated by women and the time is also important as it matches with the monsoon period in India when everywhere greenery can be seen and thus the name Hariyali Teej(hari teej or green teej).

To which God or Goddess the Hariyali Teej is celebrated?
Hariyali Teej is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

When is Hariyali Teej Celebrated?
Hariyali Teej is observed on the Shukla Paksha Tritiya in the month of sawan and coming two days before Nag Panchami.

Significance of Hariyali Teej
Hariyali Teej comes in the month of sawan when devotees throng temples worshipping Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati. Sawan Somwar's have a special significance in Shravana month and so is the Mangala Gauri Vrat. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are regarded as the epitome of ultimate authority, their immortal love as husband wife is what every women and husband wants. That is why women pray and worship Goddess Parvati for blessings for a happy and prosperous married life fasting on Hariyali Teej day for the long life and well being of their husbands. Shiva accepted Parvati as his wife on this day and that is why Goddess Parvati is regarded as 'Teej Mata'. Hariyali Teej fast is as important as the fasting on karwa Chauth day.

How Hariyali Teej fast is carried out?
Married women fast for the whole day, not even drink a single drop of water and the Hariyali Teej fast is completed after moon worshipping. They visit their parents' home, wear new clothes like green lehengas or green Saree and bangles, sing songs dedicated to Teej. Wearing green color is highly auspicious on this day. The Vat Vriksha tree is also worshipped on the ‘Shravani teej’. A 'dhaaga' or cotton thread is tied on the sacred Banyan tree or Vat Vriksha. Though the festival of Teej is celebrated by married women, many unmarried women also fast along with the married ones to get a husband like God Shiva. Women visit the nearest temple and listen or recite the Teej Vrat Katha.

Women applies henna on their hands and feet during Hariyali Teej. Mehendi color on the hands tells about the love of their husbands. It is believed that if the color of the henna on the hand is dark, the more she will be loved by her husband. Women also happen to write their husband name with henna on their hands.

Why Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej?
Sindhara, a gift bucket that is given to the daughter and her in-laws by the parents of married girl, particularly newlyweds. It contains homemade sweets, Ghewar and Shringara items like Henna, bangles, sindoor (vermilion), traditional dresses etc. As Sindhara is gifted to the daughter and her in-laws on this Teej, Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej. Hariyali Teej is also called as Chhoti Teej or Madhusrava Teej.

When is Kajari Teej and Hartalika teej celebrated?
Badi Teej which comes fifteen days after Hariyali Teej is known as Kajari Teej. As this teej festivals falls in the Shravana month, Hariyali Teej is also called as Sawan Teej or Sawan ki teej. Hartalika teej is celebrated on shukla paksha tritiya of bhadrapad month.

The Hariyali Teej celebrations are bigger in all the temples dedicated to Sri Krishna in Vridavan. Swings are laid for Krishna and this is known as ‘Jhullan Leela’. The idols of Lord Krishna and Radha are beautifully decorated with colorful clothes and devotees worship them and at last water is sprayed over the devotees to mark the onset of monsoon.

Hariyali Teej Date 2019 
Saturday, August 3
Tritiya Tithi Starts - 01:36 AM on Aug 03, 2019
Tritiya Tithi Ends - 10:06 PM on Aug 03, 2019

Hariyali Teej Dates for other years:
Hariyali Teej 2020 Date - Thursday , 23rd July
Hariyali Teej 2021 Date - Wednesday, 11th August
Hariyali Teej 2022 Date - Sunday, July 31
Hariyali Teej 2023 Date - Saturday, August 19
Hariyali Teej 2024 Date - Wednesday, August 7
Hariyali Teej 2025 Date - Sunday, July 27

How is Teej known in Punjab and Rajasthan?
Teej is also called as Tay, Baya and Teeyan. In Punjab it is called by the name of Teeyan and Shingara Teej in Rajasthan.

Now let's talk about Akha Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej:

Akha Teej
Akha Teej is also known as Akshaya Tritiya. Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya is highly auspicious day that is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakha. ‘Akshaya’ means ‘that never diminishes’ and the word ‘Tritiya’ means ‘the third day’. Parashurama Jayanti is also celebrated on Akshaya Tritiya day. It is believed that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Parashurama on Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Ganesha , Devi Lakshmi and Lord of wealth (Kuber) is worshiped. People buy gold items and new utensils, clothes. This day of Akshaya Tritiya is regarded as the "swayam siddh muhurat" for the whole day and any auspicous work can be performed on this day without consulting any astrologer or Pandit.

Kajari Teej
Kajari Teej is also known as Kajli Teej and falls on the third day of Krishna Paksha in Bhadrapada month. The celebration is done for two days and sometimes continue till the arrival of Janmashtami, Sri Krishna's birthday. Goddess Parvati is worshipped on Kajari Teej. Married females fast on this day for the long life and well being of their husbands and get blessings of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva. Women are dressed beautifully in their attire and do the 16 Shrinngaar (Bindi, Sindoor, Mehndi, Bangles, etc..are applied).

Hartalika Teej
Hartalika Teej is celebrated on third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. On this day also, women especially married womens fast for the long life and well being of their husbands. They pray to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva for the blessings. Hartalika Teej is celebrated in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar.

The word Teej means Tritiya, the Teej festivals occur on the third day of the month. So that is why, Akha Teej is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month, Hariyali Teej falls on third day of Shukla Paksha of Shravan Maas, Kajari Teej falls on the third day of Krishna Paksha and Hartalika Teej on the third day of Shukla Paksha in Bhadrapada Maas.

Teej 2019 : Legend Of Teej Festival
It is believed that Goddess Parvati prayed and worshipped Lord Shiva with full devotion and dedication, for 108 years. After which Lord Shiva accepted her as his wife. Since time immortal, the festival of Teej is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, who is also known as ‘Teej Mata’. Thus Teej is celebrated by women folks to get a husband as Goddess Parvati reunited with Lord Shiva for a blissful marriage.

Happy Teej everybody! हरियाली तीज की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं |

Sawan Shivratri 2019 Date

Sawan Shivratri 2019 , Savan Shivratri 2019 Date

When is Shivratri? - Shravan Shivratri is on 30th July 2019 (Tuesday)

Sawan - Month of Shiva

Shivaratri in the month of Shravana is known as Sawan Shivaratri or Shravana Shivratri. Shivaratri celebrated in the krishna paksha chaturdashi of Savan month or Shravan Masa is considered highly auspicious and if you fast on this day of Shivratri, you get the blessings of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. Shivratri in the sawan month comes a day or two before Amavasi or new moon day. Sawan Shivratri in 2019 is on 30th Jul, Tuesday. Lakhs of Hindu people throng the Shiva temples to worship and perform special pujas such as Gangajal Abhishekam. It is common to see people offering Gangajal, bilva leaves or bel-patra leaves, honey, milk-water, fruits on the Shivalingam or Shivling. It is in this month of Shravana that Kanwarias bring Gangajal from holy river Ganga to Shiva temples near their homes.

In the month of Shravan, not only Sawan Shivratri but all Mondays are highly auspicious. People fast on the day of Sawan Shivaratri and the Mondays coming up in the Savan mass. People from all over the world visit some of the major Shiva temples of India like Kashi Vishwanath, Deoghar, Badrinath Dham, Kedarnath Dham etc. Following Purnimant Lunar Calendar, Sawan Shivaratri is observed in India's North Indian states like Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. Following Amavasyant Lunar Calendar, Sawan Shivaratri corresponds to Ashadha Shivaratri in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

Sawan Shivratri Vrat Vidhi

On Shivaratri day, devotees should observe full day fast on Shivaratri. You may please go to a Shiva temple and pour the milk and offer bel-patra, dhatura to the Shivalingam. Although food should be taken on next day but nowadays people eat food once in a day and take milk,tea and fruiots the whole day. Devotees should seek blessing of Shiva God by praying to him and saying hymns and mantras dedicated to Shiva like "Om Namah Shivay" and "Mahamritunjay Mantra". It is recommeded to keep chanting the mantra "Om Namah Shivay" or "Namah Shivay" the whole day for maximum benefit. It is also recomended to bathe in the evening for doing once again the Shiva puja and break the fast next day after taking bath within Chaturdashi Tithi.

Sawan Shivaratri Puja Muhurat 2019

Nishita Kaal Puja Time - 12:06 AM to 12:49 AM, Jul 31
Duration - 00 Hours 42 Mins
Next Day on 31st Sawan Shivaratri Parana Time = 05:46 AM to 11:57 AM

Ratri First Prahar Puja Time - 07:10 PM to 09:49 PM
Ratri Second Prahar Puja Time - 09:49 PM to 12:28 AM, Jul 31
Ratri Third Prahar Puja Time - 12:28 AM to 03:07 AM, Jul 31
Ratri Fourth Prahar Puja Time - 03:07 AM to 05:46 AM, Jul 31

Actually, Krishna Paksha Chaturdashi or Chaturdashi Tithi of each month is observed as Shivaratri of the month or Masik Shivaratri or Masa Shivaratri and usually falls a day or two before Amavasi or new moon day so in a year there are 12 Shivaratri days. The 2 most important Shivaratri's of the year is the Maha Shivaratri during February or March and the Sawan Shivaratri during July-August.

Shravana Shivratri Vrat Vidhi – Before the Shivaratri Vratam, on Trayodashi, devotees should eat only once.

Pradosham Dates 2019-2020

Pradosham Dates 2019-2020

Pradosh Vrat is the time when Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati will be in their most pleasant time and it is regarded as one of the fruitful and best time to worship them. Pradosh Vrat, known as Pradosham or Pradosham Vratam in South India, is observed to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Pradosh Vrat comes 2 times a Hindu calendar month. Pradosh is observed on both Trayodashi Tithis, i.e. Shukla Paksha Trayodashi and Krishna Paksha Trayodashi. Every day also has a Pradosh Kaal which comes mostly in the evenings time. If Pradosham day comes on Monday it is known as Soma Pradosham or Chandra Pradosham, if it comes on Tuesday it is called Bhauma Pradosham and if the Pradosh date comes on Saturday it is known as Shani Pradosham.

Importance of Pradosh Vrat

"Pra" means remover and "Dosha" means sins, Pradosh literally means removal of sins. Another meaningof Pradosh is the dusk time also known as the Godhuli...a time period of around 3hours, divided into 1.5hrs before the sunset and 1.5hrs after sunset....this time is known as the Pradosh Kaal.

Shiva Purana states, Pradosh Vrat is believed to be the most beneficial fast to get health, wealth, and children. The Pradosh Vrat frees the devotees from all the sins committed whether in the past or present. It is believed that Shiva with Goddess Parvati perform a Holy Dance on Mount Kailash in a pleasant mood during the Pradosh Kaal and thus offering puja at this time helps to get removal of sins and fulfilment of wishes. You can perform puja in your home by lighting a diya or at a nearby Shiva temple. Fast on the Pradosh not only give the worshipper all the worldly pleasures but also get moksha.

Pradosh vrats are divided as per the weekday with a different benefit:
Som Pradosh comes on a Monday - helps to get good health and desire fulfilment.
Bhaum Pradosh comes on a Tuesday - helps cures diseases and blesses the devotee with good health.
Wednesday Pradosh grants wishes of the devotee
Guru Pradosh comes on a Thursday  - helps to get rid of his seen and unseen enemies.
Shani Pradosh comes on a Saturday, considered very auspicious - helps to achieve a happy and blissful married life....childless couples should observe this fast, they will be blessed with a baby

As per Shiv Chalisa, significance or importance of Pradosh(Trayodashi Vrat) is clearly told:
"Trayodashi vrat kare hamesha, Tan naahi raakhe rahe kalesha."
which means if you fast on the day of Pradosh, there will be no disease and no complications in the body.

It is believed that if you worship Uma-Shankar or chant Shiva mantras during the Pradosh kaal, you will be free from all the sins of your life and all your wishes would be granted.

The day of Pradosh as well as the Pradosh Kaal time that comes on each day is regarded as the best time to worship Lord Shiva and Parvati as they both are in their best mood. It is said that when demons were fighting with Gods, the Gods approached Lord Shiva on the thirteenth day of the lunar fortnight i.e the the day of Pradosh. That was the time when Shiva and Parvati was in their best mood and helped Gods by giving their wish.

Pradosh Katha/Pradosham Story
One story also says that Lord Shiva drank the Halahala poison while churing of the ocean during samudra mandhan, Maa Parvati kept her hand on Bholenath's neck so that the poison could not enter his body. Thereafter, Shiva's throat became blue and thus he came to be known as Neelkantha. After amrit was taken up by the Devas, they enjoyed drinking amrit and in return they forgot to thank Lord Shiva. But on the 13th day that is on Pradosh day, they realized their mistake and went to Shiva for mercy. Shiva forgave them and that time is believed to be the Pradosham. Thus, anyone who prays to Shiva and Parvati during Pradosh Kaal gets his/her wishes fulfilled and also get moksha or salvation. It is believed that praying to Lord Shiva at this time of Pradosh will take up all the sins of their life and give moksha. Reading Shiva books and scriptures as well as chanting Shiv-Parvati matras during Pradosh Vrat is the best thing that we can do. Even an offering of Bael or Bilva leaf to Shiva or Shivlingam is good enough for relieving from all sins of our life.

Note: Pradosham fasting day is different for two cities even if those cities are located in the same Indian state. Pradosham Fasting is based on sunset time and it occurs when Trayodashi Tithi prevails after sunset. Thus Pradosham fasting could be observed on Dwadashi Tithi i.e. one day before Trayodashi Tithi. As Sunset time is different for all cities, Pradosham days and timings might be different. Shiva Puja's auspicious time is on Trayodashi Tithi and after Sunset during Pradosh kaal. www.Durganavratri.in has mentioned all Pradosham dates and times for 2019 and 2020. Currently, we have mentioned the timings for Delhi/NCT. For other states, it can be some minutes difference of starting and ending Pradosh Kaal. These Pradosh timings mentioned can be the preferred time for performing Shiva Puja.

Pradosham Dates 2019

Pradosh Kaal Time 2019 for New Delhi

January 3, 2019, Thursday 05:32 PM to 08:18 PM
January 19, 2019, Saturday 05:45 PM to 08:28 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
February 2, 2019, Saturday 05:57 PM to 08:36 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
February 17, 2019, Sunday 06:08 PM to 08:43 PM
March 3, 2019, Sunday 06:18 PM to 08:48 PM
March 18, 2019, Monday 06:27 PM to 08:52 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat
April 2, 2019, Tuesday 06:35 PM to 08:55 PM
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
April 17, 2019, Wednesday 06:44 PM to 08:58 PM
May 2, 2019, Thursday 06:53 PM to 09:03 PM
May 16, 2019, Thursday 07:01 PM to 09:08 PM
May 31, 2019, Friday 07:10 PM to 09:13 PM
June 14, 2019, Friday 07:16 PM to 09:18 PM
June 30, 2019, Sunday 07:19 PM to 09:21 PM
July 14, 2019, Sunday 07:17 PM to 09:21 PM
July 29, 2019, Monday 07:10 PM to 09:17 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat
August 12, 2019, Monday 07:00 PM to 09:10 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat
August 28, 2019, Wednesday 06:44 PM to 08:59 PM
September 11, 2019, Wednesday 06:28 PM to 08:48 PM
September 26, 2019, Thursday 06:10 PM to 08:35 PM
October 11, 2019, Friday 05:52 PM to 08:23 PM
October 25, 2019, Friday 07:08 PM to 08:13 PM
November 9, 2019, Saturday 05:27 PM to 08:06 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
November 24, 2019, Sunday 05:20 PM to 08:03 PM
December 9, 2019, Monday 05:20 PM to 08:06 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat
December 23, 2019, Monday 05:25 PM to 08:11 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat

Pradosham Dates 2020

Pradosh Kaal Time 2020 for New Delhi

January 8, 2020, Wednesday 05:36 PM to 08:21 PM
January 22, 2020, Wednesday 05:47 PM to 08:29 PM
February 7, 2020, Friday 06:01 PM to 06:31 PM
February 20, 2020, Thursday 06:10 PM to 08:44 PM
March 7, 2020, Saturday 06:21 PM to 08:49 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
March 21, 2020, Saturday 06:29 PM to 08:53 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
April 5, 2020, Sunday 07:24 PM to 08:56 PM
April 20, 2020, Monday 06:46 PM to 08:59 PM
Soma Pradosh Vrat
May 5, 2020, Tuesday 06:55 PM to 09:04 PM
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
May 19, 2020, Tuesday 07:03 PM to 09:09 PM
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
June 3, 2020, Wednesday 07:11 PM to 09:15 PM
June 18, 2020, Thursday 07:17 PM to 09:19 PM
July 2, 2020, Thursday 07:19 PM to 09:21 PM
July 18, 2020, Saturday 07:15 PM to 09:20 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
August 1, 2020, Saturday 07:08 PM to 09:16 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
August 16, 2020, Sunday 06:55 PM to 09:07 PM
August 30, 2020, Sunday 06:41 PM to 08:57 PM
September 15, 2020, Tuesday 06:22 PM to 08:44 PM
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
September 29, 2020, Tuesday 06:05 PM to 08:32 PM
Bhauma Pradosh Vrat
October 14, 2020, Wednesday 05:48 PM to 08:20 PM
Adhika Pradosh Vrat
October 28, 2020, Wednesday 05:35 PM to 08:11 PM
November 13, 2020, Friday 05:24 PM to 05:59 PM
November 27, 2020, Friday 05:20 PM to 08:04 PM
December 12, 2020, Saturday 05:21 PM to 08:07 PM
Shani Pradosh Vrat
December 27, 2020, Sunday 05:28 PM to 08:14 PM

Mata Mangala Gauri : Goddess for Marital Bliss

Mata Mangala Gauri, the Goddess for Marital Bliss

Shravana month is the auspicious month to seek blessing of Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri or Parvati. While Mondays in the month of sawan are dedicated to Shiva, the Tuesdays are dedicated to Maa Parvati or Mangala Gauri. In Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and rest of South India, Mangala Gauri Vrat is also known as Sri Mangala Gowri Vratham.

Significance of Mangala Gauri vrat

The Mangala Gauri fast is observed by married women and especially newlyweds, on each Tuesday in the month of Shravana to get marital bliss. Sometimes unmarried women also keep this fast to get a good husband and have a blisfull and happy married life. Women fast for 16 or 20 tuesdays for Mata Mangala Gowri and Special puja is done for Mata Parvati and women are dressed in all their glory like they wear mangalsutra, bangles, flowers etc.

Mangala Gauri Vrat katha/Story

There was once a merchant named Dharampal. He had a beautiful wife but no son. With the blessings of Maa Mangala Gauri (मंगला गौरी), the got a son but he was destined for short living or alpaayu. The parents then find out a family where the mother kept fast for Mangala Gauri and she had a daughter who was never to be widow. Thus they married their son to this girl and because of the blessings of Maa Mangala Gauri, they managed to get their son live a happy and long life. Dharampal's son lived a life of 100 years. Thus, every women must observe this fast for happy, prosperous, marital bliss and long life of their husband. You can watch youtube for Mangala Gauri video.

These are the Mangala Gauri Vrat Dates for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand:

Sawan month starts in North India  - July 17, 2019, Wednesday
First Mangala Gowri Vrat - July 23, 2019, Tuesday
Second Mangala Gowri Vrat - July 30, 2019, Tuesday
Third Mangala Gowri Vrat - August 6, 2019, Tuesday
Fourth Mangala Gowri Vrat - August 13, 2019, Tuesday
Sawan month ends in North India  - August 15, 2019, Thursday

These are the Mangala Gauri Vrat Dates for Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu:

Sawan month starts in South India  - August 2, 2019, Friday
First Mangala Gauri Vrat - August 6, 2019, Tuesday
Second Mangala Gauri Vrat - August 13, 2019, Tuesday
Third Mangala Gauri Vrat - August 20, 2019, Tuesday
Fourth Mangala Gauri Vrat - August 27, 2019, Tuesday
Sawan month ends in North India  - August 30, 2019, Friday

In states such as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Amavasyant Calendar is followed. In North Indian states such as Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand, Purnimant Calendar is followed. That is why there is a difference of dates for Mangala Gauri Vratam in both calendars.

माँ मंगला गौरी स्तोत्रं

 ॐ रक्ष-रक्ष जगन्माते देवि मङ्गल चण्डिके।
हारिके विपदार्राशे हर्षमंगल कारिके।।
हर्षमंगल दक्षे च हर्षमंगल दायिके।
शुभेमंगल दक्षे च शुभेमंगल चंडिके।।

मंगले मंगलार्हे च सर्वमंगल मंगले।
सता मंगल दे देवि सर्वेषां मंगलालये।।

पूज्ये मंगलवारे च मंगलाभिष्ट देवते।
पूज्ये मंगल भूपस्य मनुवंशस्य संततम्।।

मंगला धिस्ठात देवि मंगलाञ्च मंगले।
संसार मंगलाधारे पारे च सर्वकर्मणाम्।।

देव्याश्च मंगलंस्तोत्रं यः श्रृणोति समाहितः।
प्रति मंगलवारे च पूज्ये मंगल सुख-प्रदे।।
तन्मंगलं भवेतस्य न भवेन्तद्-मंगलम्।
वर्धते पुत्र-पौत्रश्च मंगलञ्च दिने-दिने।।

मामरक्ष रक्ष-रक्ष ॐ मंगल मंगले।

।।इति मंगलागौरी स्तोत्रं सम्पूर्णं।।

Delhi to Vaishno Devi in 8 Hours: Chalo Bulava Aaya Hai Mata Ne Bulaya Hai

Delhi to Vaishno Devi in 8 Hours with new Vande Bharat Express

Indian Railways new Vande Bharat Express is going to start for Vaisno devi tour soon. The T 18 train would run from Delhi to Katra, and will stop at Ambala, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi.Currently, the first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 is running on the Delhi-Varanasi route.

Devotees who wish to visit Maa Vaishno Devi temple can go for the Vande Bharat Express train between Delhi and Katra making their journey faster by 4 hrs. Train 18 or Vande Bharat Express can run on a speed of 200 kmph, which would save the travellers time by 4 hrs. A superfast train usually takes about 10-12 hours to reach Vaishno Devi currently. Due to the high traffic volume on this route, the Railways wants to capitalize this who wish to visit Maa Vaishno Devi temple shrine.

These are the features of new Vande Bharat Express on Delhi-katra route:

1) The new Vande Bharat Express high-speed train on Delhi-Katra route will cover the distance within 8 hours.
2) Train 18 from Delhi to Katra would start from the month of August.
3) The train will run for three days a week — Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
4) The Delhi-Katra Vande Bharat Express will start from Delhi at 6 am and would reach Katra at 2 pm.
5) T 18 departs from Katra at 3 pm and reach Delhi at 11 pm on its return journey.
6) The train will run at a maximum speed of 130 kmph on the Delhi-Katra route.
7) From Delhi to Katra, Vande Bharat train will stop at Ambala, Ludhiana, and Jammu Tawi.
8) This train has more space to store meals for passengers.
9) It has adjustable seats and improved washbasins, a aluminium-clad nose cover to avoid damage due to cattle run-over and special anti-spall film on windows to guard against stone pelting.
10) The trials have been done on the Delhi-Katra route.

The first Vande Bharat Express or Train 18 was was flagged off by PM Narendra Modi in February on the Delhi-Varanasi route which runs five days a week.

Sawan Somvar 2019

Sawan Somvar Days in 2019

Shravan month or Sawan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva in Hindu calendar's fifth month. Savan month starts in the mid of July till the mid or end of August. The month of Sawan is very auspicious to worship Lord Shiva. Shiva's devotees carry fasts during the whole month of Shravan month on Sawan somvaar to please Lord Shiva and attain his blessings.

Sawan Somvaar Vrats are carried out by devotees on all Mondays or Somwar's in the Shravan month. Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar Vrats are observed by most Hindu people, there are 4-5 sawan somwar vrats in the month of Sawan. Some people continue observing fasts after the month of sawan also to complete 16 Somwaar or solah somvaar vrats.

All Tuesdays or Mangalwar in the month of Shravan are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, wife of Lord Shiva. Fasting on Tuesdays of Shravan month is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. Some other auspicious days in the month of Savan are Sawan Shivaratri, Hariyali Teej, Raksha Bandhan and Nag Panchami.

Sawan Somwar 2019 Vrat Dates for North India

This year in 2019, the Shravana Month starts from 17th July, 2019 (Wednesday). Sawan Somwar 2019 Vrat Dates for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and other North Indian states are on 22nd July, 29th Jul, 5th August and 12th August (All Mondays) and the sawan month is ending on 15th August, 2019.

Sawan Somwar 2019 Vrat Dates for Other States

In the states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Shravana Month first day is on August 2, 2019. Sawan Somwar Vrat Dates 2019 for these states are on 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th August.

There is fifteen days difference in Purnimant calendar, followed by North Indian states, Shravan month starts fifteen days before Amavasyant calendar.
Shravan or Savan month's name is derived from the Nakshatra (constellation) Shravan. This constellation Shravan appears every year in this month of Savan.

Highly auspicious time to start Solah Somvar Vrat Katha is from first Sawan Somwaar for women as well as men. Somvar Vrat or Somvaar Vrat is mainly categorized into three categories:

  •     Savan Somvar: Mondays fast in the month of Savan
  •     Solah Somvar: Solah (sixteen) Somvars(Mondays) fasting
  •     Somya Pradosh: Monday Fast observed till the evening during Pradosham or Pradosh Vrat.

Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati are both worshiped in month of Savan and devotees offer prayers along with Bel Patra, Dhatura, flowers, Water, Milk, fruits, Chandan and much more to receive their blessings.

Shravan Month 2019 Dates & Importance

Shravan Month 2019 Importance

Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Mahina, is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Shravan Mahina is from July 17 to August 15 in this year 2019 in North Indian Hindu calendar for states such as for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. According to Telugu, Kannada, Marathi & Gujarati calendars, or for states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Tamil Nadu, Shravan Maas 2019 is from Aug 2 to August 30. Special abhishek, prayers and rituals are performed with devotion in temples of Lord Shiva. In this month of Sawan, Kanwarias collect the water of Ganga River or Gangajal, and take away with them walking on foot to their homes and pour the holy water on Shivling.

Importance & Significance of Sawan Month

Sawan month also called as ‘Nabhas’. On the day of Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravana maas, also comes the Shravana nakshatra (Nakshatra of God Sri Maha Vishnu), thus this full month is known as Shravana masam. This is one of the main reason Sravan month is important and auspicious for the Hindus.

Worshipping Shiva Parvati on Somvar or Mondays or observing a vrat/fast in the Sawan month is considered highly auspicious. There is also a legend that goes regarding Shravan Maas, Sati, the daughter of Daksh sacrificed her life and vowed that she would marry Lord Shiva in every birth she takes and when she was born as Devi Parvati to parents Himalaya and Maina, Parvati started fasting in this month of Sawan since her young age. Shiva was impressed with the devotion of Parvati and thus fasting in this Sawan month has a great significance.

Samudra Manthan in Shravan Mahina

It is during this period of shravan maas that Lord Shiva drank poison that came out during the churning of ocean and saved the world. This churning of ocean was popularly called "Samdura Manthan" in Hindi and all the Hindu gods and goddesses were witness to this Samudra Manthan and subsequent act of drinking poison by Shiva. This is one of the reasons that ganga -jal or water is offered to the Shivling to remove the ill-effects of poison.

Importance of Shravan Month is also due to the fact that the three other days are also considered auspicious- the Shravana Mangalvar (Tuesdays in Shravan month), Shravana Shukravar (Fridays in Shravan month) and Shravana Shanivar (Saturdays in Shravan month). Newly married brides observe Mangala Gauri Vrata on Tuesdays in the month of Shravan to get away from bad and negative omens. Shravana Shukravar Vrat (Varalakshmi Vratam) is observed by married women on Fridays in the month of Sawan. Saturdays in the month of Sawan, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu or Lord Venkatesha or (Lord Balaji) is worshipped.

Shivji is worshipped by offering Gangajal, Bilva leaves, Dhatura, Bhang leaves, fruits to the Shivling and people observe fast on every Monday that come during Shravan Puja. The fast is known as Saawan Somwaar Vrata. Some people prefer to eat only vegetarian foods and some people read Holy Scriptures of Shiva like ShivaPuran.

Famous Shiva temples like Shiva Deoghar Baidhyanath Dham, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain is visited by lakhs of Hindus from all over the world in the month of Sawan.

Shravan Mahina is one of the first Hindu sacred months of four holiest months of Chatur Mas. Tuesdays are dedicated to the worship of Mangala Gouri Puja and Saturdays for worship of Lord Shani.in the  Shravan Month. Sawan maas is highly auspicious for good karmas. Grihpravesh in the sawan month has high significance as well as persons born in the sawan maas are also considered lucky like Lord Jagannath, Sri Krishna, Lord Hayagriva etc.

Shravan Pournami or Sharavan Purnima is also celebrated in some parts of the country as Jandhyala Pournami. In North India, Sawan Purnima is celebrated as Raksha bandhan. Worshipping of Sri Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi is also auspicious in the Shravan month.

Sawan Start End Date 2019

Sawan Start End Date 2019

The month of Sawan is one of the holiest months in the Hindu calendar, in which devotees observe fast and worship Lord Shiva. In Hindu calendar, Sawan is the the fifth lunar month in which many devotees even give up eating non-vegetarian food. Sawan month or shravan month starts from July 17 (Wednesday) and ends on August 15.

This is the holy month of Shiva where saffron-attire clad Shiva devotees, known as Kanwariyas, walk barefoot with pitchers of holy water balanced between their shoulders from the Ganga to their homes where this holy water is offered to the Shivalingam. The Kanwar Yatra stretches for over 100 kilometres. The old and young people, women and men, children and even differently-abled devotees can be seen at holy sites by Ganga such as Gangotri, Gaumukh and Hardwar and the Jyotilinga shrines of God Shiva.

In Tamil Nadu, Kavadi festival is celebrated where Lord Muruga is worshipped and that is similar to north India’s Kanwar Yatra.

Shravan Month Importance - The month of Shravan is highly important and all Mondays or Somwar's are considered highly auspicious for observing a fast known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar. Many devotees observe the 16 Mondays or Solah Somwar fast right from first Somwar of Sawan month. All Tuesdays or Mangalwar in Shravan month are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva. Tuesday’s fasting during Shravan month is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. Sawan Shivaratri and Hariyali Amavasya are some other auspicious days in the Shravan month.

Sawan Start Date 2019 & Sawan End Date 2019 - Sawan Somwar vrat dates for Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand starts from July 17 and conclude on August 15.

Sawan Shivratri 2019 Date - 30 July

For Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, Sawan Somwar vrat dates are from August 2 to 30. Happy Sawan!