All Mondays which fall during Shravan month are considered highly auspicious for fasting and known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar Vrats. Holy fast is observed by unmarried girls to seek a happy and prosperous marital life. Many devotees observe sixteen Mondays or Solah Somwar fasting from first Somwar of Sawan month. All Tuesdays of this 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 other auspicious days during Shravan month.


As per the legend, when the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) took place in the month of Sawan, fourteen different types of rubies came out of the whole exercise. Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except HALAHAL (poison). Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat. Hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva.

To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to lessen the effect of poison.

Since, this happened in the month of Sawan, devotees offer the holy Ganges water to the idols of Lord Shiva in this month.


An ancient story says that rishi Markanday for long life had gone into intense meditation to please Lord Shiva in Shravan month. Because of this the lord of death, Yamraj was also defeated.


The month of Shravan brings the festivity and glory along with it. Some of the important festivals observed are Naag Panchami, Kalky-avatara, Hindola or Swinging, Putradaikadashi, Shravani Poornima, Narali Poornima, Pavitraropana, Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Raksha Bandhan, Janmashtami, Pavitra Ekadashi.  


During this month devotees pour Ganga Jal on Shivlingam, which they bring from the sacred river- the Ganges. They take holy dip in the Ganges, then sacred Ganga Jal is taken into two earthen pots, tighten on Kaanvad (the bamboo log) with the help of Chinka (specially designed rope), thereafter Kaanvadiyas (name given to devotees who carry Kaanvad) perform puja of Kaanvands and then carries them on their respective shoulder and march towards Temple bare feet. Throughout their way to temple, they chant the name of Bhole Bab in different ways and offer the water at the respective temples.


Like in India, Nepal also celebrates the holy month of Shravan. It is the fourth month according to the Nepali Hindu calendar. It holds a great significance to Hindu women as they fast on the first day of the month and every Monday to worship Lord Shiva. One can see the crowd flocking to the Pashupatinath Temple (considered to be one of the holiest temples of lord Shiva located in Kathmandu) lighting butter lamps and incense in the name of lord.

The devotees wear red attire with green bangles; apply henna on their hands which is considered to be auspicious during this period. This year Nepal Shravan month began on 16th July and will stretch till 16th August.