Shravani Mela is the 30-day festival in Deoghar Baidyanath Temple of Jharkhand. In 2020, Shravani Mela begins on July 6 and ends on August 3. 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 2020
Thursday, 16 July 2020 – Kamada Ekadashi
Thursday, 16 July 2020 – Dakshinayana Sankranti
Monday, 20 July 2020 – Somvati Amavasya
Thursday, 23 July 2020 – Hariyali Teej
Saturday, 25 July 2020 – Nag Panchami
Thursday, 30 July 2020 – Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
Friday, 31 July 2020 – Varalakshmi Vratam
Monday, 3 August 2020 – Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi Festival)
Monday, 3 August 2020 – Narali Purnima
Shravani Mela in Previous Years
In 2019, Shravani Mela begins on July 17 and ends on August 15.
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.