The month of Shravan is the best time to worship Mahadev and Mata Parvati. But what is the importance behind worshiping them on Mondays only?
The Somvar Vrat is the fast observed on Mondays is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. Lord Shiva is the cosmic teacher of wisdom and destroyer of all evils in the universe. He showers his compassionate blessings on activities undertaken on Monday.
Monday is considered a suitable day to enter a new house and make marital arrangements. It is also recommended as an ideal day for major investments. Fast or commonly known as Upvas is scheduled from sunrise and ends at sunset. Devotees preferably worship almighty Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on this auspicious day.
The fasting on Monday in the month of Shravan is advised and considered propitious. It is believed that this fasting fulfills one’s desires and blesses them with wisdom. This fast is famous for being observed by unmarried women to get an ideal husband.
There are few stories associated with the origin of this fasting, particularly on Mondays. But here are some prominent tales related to 16 Somvar Vrat.
The story behind 16 Somvar Vrat
This story is related to a priest who was the devotee of Lord Shiva. According to Shiva Purana, once on Monday evening, Shiv and Parvati were playing Chausar in a temple near Amravati River and a priest entered. When the female deity asked the priest to predict the winner of the game, the poor Brahmin took Shiva’s name. But prediction went wrong and Parvati cursed him to suffer from Vitiligo as he took Mahadev’s name just to please him. But the priest was a divine worshiper of Lord Shiva and was advised to fast for 16 Mondays worshiping both Shiv and Parvati. This will help him to get rid of his vitiligo and his all wishes will be fulfilled.
Here, Som means moon who was married to 27 princesses of king Daksha. But Chandra (the Moon) was biased towards one of his wives Rohini and loved her more. After getting constant complaints from the other daughter about Chandra’s high-handedness, Daksha cursed his son-in-law that he would gradually lose his existence. After this, Som rushed to Lord Brahma to rescue him from Daksha’s curse.
He suggested the former, worship Lord Shiva and please him with his devotion. Since the curse had already shown its effects, Mahadev couldn’t relieve him entirely from the curse but promised that he would retain his powers gradually. From that point, the concept of Purnima (full moon) and Amavasya (no moon) took birth. As Mahadev rescued Chandra he is also known as Somnath or Chandra Shekhar.
There is another tale of a poor Brahmin who gained wealth when he observed Monday fast.
And another story of a rich merchant begetting a son after a long wait. It includes the subsequent death and rebirth of his son through the grace of Shiva and Parvati.
What makes Monday the most suitable day to worship him? Read the reasons below!
Shiva is considered a clear heated God, filled with innocence, and is compassionate even towards Asurs and demons.
He is the God of love. He had always shown immense love to his wife Gauri and later Parvati. That’s why he is worshiped by newly married couples. And also considered as a savior if anybody is facing difficulty in their married life.
Mahadev is free from worldly pleasures. He will never be pleased by expensive offerings. Rather, it would be easy to be pleased by kind and pure devotion towards him.
Thus, by keeping fast on Monday, Mahadev’s grace remains on all of us.