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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

(10.6.11) Solah Somvaar Vrat (Sixteen somvaar vrat)


Solah Somvaar Vrat - to appease Lord Shiva / Impotance of Solah Somwaar Vrat/ When to start Solah Somwar Vrat/ Process of Solah Somwar Vrat/ Benefits of Solah Somwar Vrat 

Importance of Solah Somwar Vrat 
The fast on Somvar or Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. If this Vrat is observed for sixteen Mondays, it is known as Solah Somvaar Vrat. Both men and women can observe this fast to get the blessings of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati. Usually this Vrat is observed by unmarried girls and married women.
When to start Solah Somvar Vrat -
Monday vrat can be started from the first Monday in the Shukla Paksh of any month. Some people prefer to begin this Vrat from the first Monday in the Shukla Paksh of the month of Chaitra, Vaisakh, Shravan, Kartik or Margshirsh. Some people prefer to begin this Vrat from the first Monday that falls in  in the Chaturmaas. But in all the cases the devotion and faith in Lord Shiva plays a vital role.
The process of Solah Somvaar Vrat - 
The person who observes Solah Somvar vrat should get up early in the morning on Monday. After having a bath he/she should sit on piece of woolen cloth. And then closing the eyes he/she  should meditate on Lord Shiva for a few minutes.The Mantra ' Om Namah Shivay ' should be chanted for at least 108 times. The visit to the Shiva temple has a special significance. Reading or listening to the katha attributed to this vrat is also fruitful. The vrati should eat food once a day. Thus this Vrat is observed for sixteen Mondays. Some special Puja of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati is also observed on sixteenth Monday.
The benefits of observing Solah Somvar vrat -
The following are the benefits of observing Solah Somvaar vrat -
> Solah Somvaar vrat appeases Lord Shiva and goddess Parvati and the Vrati gets the blessings of them.
> Solah Somvar vrat helps in getting the wishes fulfilled.
> The married women observe Solah Somvar vrat for their happy married life.
> The unmarried girls get good and desired husband by observing the Solah Somvaar Vrat. 
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