Today, 17 July 2012 is Maas Shivratri in Shravan Month (Shravan Shivratri) as per North Indian Hindi calendars. It is highly meritorious to perform Shiva Puja on Shivaratri in Sawan Maas. In Marathi, Gujarati, Kannada and Telugu calendars, Shravan Shivratri date is 15 August.
As per all calendars, Shiva Pujan on Masik Shivratri of July 2012 and August 2012 is considered highly auspicious. Jalabhishek (ritual bath to Shivaling with water / Gangajal), Ksheerabhishek (with milk), Dadhiabhishek (with curd), ghee, sugar, honey, etc., are the main rituals of Masik Shivratri of Shravan Maas.
Varanasi Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Ujjain Mahakaleshwar Temple, Allahabad Prayag Sangam, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Baba Baidyanath Temple, Amarnath Cave Temple, and Chardham Temples (Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath) are the busiest yet auspicious places to visit during Sawan Shivratri festival.