Thousands of devotees were seen queuing up in Shiva temples across the country to offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri.

The month of Sawan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar. Fasting on Mondays during the month is also a ritual. Most of the people observe ‘Solah somvar’ i.e. fasting on sixteen consecutive Mondays.

The fasts began from the first Monday of the Sawan month. According to the tradition, it is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva during the Sawan keeps the people blessed with wealth and prosperity.

Many devotees observe fasts on all the Mondays of Sawan month. They offer Bel leaves, flowers and milk to the Shiva Lingam and observe fast till sunset.