Sawan Shivratri: Avoid These Mistakes Even by Mistake

Shiv ling puja
Shiv ling puja

Importance of Sawan Shivratri in Worshiping Lord Shiva

Haridwar, Kashi  : Sawan, the beloved month of Mahadev, is currently being celebrated. While this entire month holds significance for Shiva worshipers, the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha within Sawan carries the utmost importance.

The monthly Shivratri fast is observed on this specific date. This year, Sawan Shivratri will be observed on Saturday, 15th July. Numerous auspicious yogas align on this day, further enhancing its significance. According to the Panchang, the Trayodashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Sawan will last until 07:17 in the evening on July 15th. Subsequently, the Chaturdashi Tithi will commence. Additionally, the Shani Pradosh fast coincides with the Trayodashi date, and the monthly Shivratri fast falls on the Chaturdashi date. Both these fasts are observed to please Lord Shiva. It is a rare occurrence when Pradosh and the monthly Shivratri fast align on the same day in the month of Sawan. Moreover, two auspicious yogas named Vridhi and Dhruv will prevail throughout the day.

It is believed that observing a fast on the day of Shivratri can please Lord Mahadev. The monthly Shivratri fast is observed on the Chaturdashi date of Krishna Paksha in the month of Shravan. This day holds immense significance, and devotees offer water to Lord Shiva as part of their rituals. Now, let’s explore the mistakes that should be avoided on the day of Shivratri during the month of Sawan.

Mistakes to Avoid on Masik Shivratri:

  1. Avoid Offering Tulsi on the Shivling: On the first Shivratri of Sawan, refrain from offering Tulsi leaves on the Shivling. Also, avoid offering Panchamrit bhog made of Tulsi.
  2. Do Not Apply Kumkum and Vermilion on Shivling: During this fast, it is advisable not to apply kumkum and vermilion on the Shivling.
  3. Refrain from Water Abhishek of Coconut: On the day of Shivratri, do not perform water abhishek (ritualistic bathing) of the Shivling using coconut water.
  4. Avoid Offering Ketaki and Champa Flowers: Do not offer Ketaki and Champa flowers to Lord Mahadev on this auspicious day.
  5. Do Not Offer Broken Rice or Akshat: Avoid offering broken rice or Akshat (unbroken rice) in the worship of Lord Mahadev, even by mistake. Akshat symbolizes perfection and should be offered in its unbroken form.

By avoiding these mistakes and adhering to the proper rituals, devotees can ensure a successful observance of Shivratri during the month of Sawan. May Lord Shiva’s blessings be upon all his devotees during this auspicious time.


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