Shravani Mela is the 30-day festival in Deoghar Baidyanath Temple of Jharkhand. In 2019, Shravani Mela begins on July 17 and ends on August 15. It is celebrated throughout Sawan mahina or Shravan month (July-August).
At Sultangunj, a small village in Bihar, Shravani Mela starts. Devotees take holy water of Ganga at Sultangunj and showers on Baba Baidyanath Shiva in Deoghar. More than a 10 million devotees form a queue of saffron dyed clothes (108 kilometers) from Sultangunj to Deoghar Baidyanath Temple.
Shravani Mela begins on the first day of Shravan Month and ends on Shravan Purnima, Full Moon day in Shravan maas. Sultangunj has the special significance in Shravani Mela. Here, Ganga flows northwards before turning east again.
Legend says that Shivling of Deoghar Baidyanath temple was brought there by demon Kind Ravana hence the temple is also known as Ravaneshwar Mahadeo temple.
Important Snan dates in Shravani Mela 2019
Sunday, 28 July 2019 – Kamada Ekadashi
Saturday, 3 August 2019 – Hariyali Teej
Monday, 5 August 2019 – Nag Panchami
Friday, 9 August 2019 – Varalakshmi Vratam
Sunday, 11 August 2019 – Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
Thursday, 15 August 2019 – Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Festival)
Thursday, 15 August 2019 – Narali Purnima
Saturday, 17 August 2019 – Simha Sankranti
Sunday, 18 August 2019 – Kajari Teej
Saturday, 24 August 2019 – Sri Krishna Janmashtami (Gokulashtami)
Monday, 26 August 2019 – Aja Ekadashi
Tuesday, 27 August 2019 – Aja Ekadashi
Shravani Mela in Previous Years
In 2018, Shravani Mela begins on July 28 and ends on August 26.
In 2017, Shravani Mela begins on July 10 and ends on August 7.
In 2016, Shravani Mela begins on July 20 and ends on August 18.
In 2015, Shravani Mela begins on August 1 and ends on August 29.
In 2014, Shravani Mela begins on July 13 and ends on August 10.
Shravani Mela 2013 begins on July 23 and ends on August 20.
Shravani Mela 2012 begins on July 4 and ends on August 2 in 2012.