1 August 2016 is Sawan Shivratri (Shravana Shivaratri Pooja). Maasa Shivaratri (Monthly Shivaratri) is observed as Sawan Shivratri Poojan which is considered highly auspicious day for Shiva Pooja.
Sawan Shivratri Puja Timings 2016
Auspicious Time for Shiva Jalabhishekam on Sawan Shivaratri is – in the midnight – 11.51 hrs to 12.36 hrs on August 1, 2016. This is Sawan Shivratri as per North Indian Hindi calendars.
Auspicious Time for Shiva Jalabhishekam on Sawan Shivaratri is – in the midnight – 11.44 hrs to 12.31 hrs on August 30, 2016. This is Shravan Shivaratri as per Telugu, Marathi, Kannada and Gujarati calendars.
It is believed that performing special puja on Masik Shivratri in August and September 2015 will fulfill all your wishes. The main ritual includes Shivlinga Abhishek with milk (Ksheera Abhishekam), curd (dadhi abhisheka), ghee, sugar, honey, and water (Jalabhisheka). Offer chandan, rice, flowers, fruits, etc. Please avoid putting turmeric on Shivling. For Pitru Shanti Puja, offer black til and perform aarti.
Millions of devotees throng the holy places like Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Allahabad Prayag Sangam, Chardham Temples, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Baba Baidyanath Temple in Deoghar, etc., to perform Punya snan (ceremonial bath) and to offer special pujas to Lord Shiva.