Shravan Maas (Sawan mahina or Shravan month) is the 5th month in Marathi calendar of Maharashtra and some Konkan regions. In 2016, Shravan maas begins on August 3 and ends on September 1.
Shravan month is the most favorite month for Lord Shiva. Shiv bhagwan drank Halahal and became Neelkanth during the Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean) in Shravan mahina. Each day in Shravan month has significance.
Shukla Paksha in Shravan Month begins on August 3 and ends on August 18.
Krishna Paksha in Shravan Month begins on August 19 and ends on September 1
Shravani Somvar Shiv Mutt puja is performed on Mondays in Shravan month. Shravan somvar 2016 dates –August 8, August 15, August 22 and August 29.
Mangal Gauri Puja is the main ritual of Shravan Mangalwar (Tuesdays in Shravan month). Mangal Gauri Puja 2016 dates – August 9, August 16, August 23 and August 30.
Budh puja is the ritual followed on Shravan budhwar (Wednesdays in Shravan month) in Maharashtra.
Brihaspati Puja or Guru graham puja is observed on Shravan Guruvar (Thursdays in Shravna month). Lord Dattatreya is also worshipped on Shravan guruvar.
Jara Jivantika puja or Jivantika vrat is the major ritual of Shravan shukravar (Fridays in Shravan mahina). Varalakshmi Puja is observed on second Friday in this month. Jivantika Puja 2016 dates are – August 5, August 12, August 19 and August 26.
Shravan Shanivar is dedicated to Lord Shani puja or Balaji puja. Ashwatha Maruti Puja (Hanuman Puja) is also performed on Saturdays in Shravan maas.
Aditya Pujan or Surya pujan is performed on Shravan Ravivaar (Sundays in Shravan month).
Festivals in Marathi Shravan Month 2016
4 August 2016 – Shrungar Dwitiya / Sindhara Dooj, Shukra Moudya Thyaga
5 August 2016 – Hariyali Teej, Simha Sankranti, Madhushrava Tritiya, Durva Ganapati Vrat, Swarna Gowri Vrata.
6 August 2016 – Naga Chaturthi
7 August 2016 – Nagula Panchami, Garuda Panchami, Samaveda Upakarma
11 August 2016 – Pushpashtami
12 August 2016 – Varalakshmi Vratha, Kaumari Devi Puja
13 August 2016 – Asha Dashami
14 August 2016 – Putrada Ekadashi
15 August 2016 – Damodara Dwadashi
16 August 2016 – Krishna Yajurveda Upakarma, Simha Sankramanam
17 August 2016 – Rigveda Upakarma
18 August 2016 – Rakshabandhan, Hayagriva Jayanti, Shukla Yajurveda Upakarma
19 August 2016 – Ashunya Shayana Vratha
20 August 2016 – Sri Raghavendra Aradhana
21 August 2016 – Sankashtahara Chaturthi
24 August 2016 – Sri Krishna Janmashtami
26 August 2016 – Vaishnava Sri Krishna Jayanti
28 August 2016 – Aja Ekadashi
30 August 2016 – Masa Shivaratri
1 September 2016 – Bail Pola, Pithori Amavasya