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Monday Fast - Lord Shiva Fast | Solah Somvar Vrat ( Monday Fast Story)

Thursday, 18 March 2021
Monday fast

The method, importance and story of the Monday Fast

Monday is considered to be very important according to the English calendar. It is the beginning of a week. In such a situation Monday is considered to be very energetic and important. The importance of Monday is not only in the English calendar but is also considered very significant according to the Hindu calendar as well. Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

The method of Monday fasting-


The fruits of the Monday fasting can be achieved by doing it in the correct method. Following are its steps-

Step 1- those fasting on Monday should wake up in the Brahma muhurta.

Step 2- after taking a bath one should wear clean clothes.

Step 3- it is important to Sprinkle the holy water of the Ganga in the house.

Step 4- offer flowers to the idol or picture of Lord Shiva which is installed in the house.

Step 5- after worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, one must chant 'Om Namah Shivaya.

Step 6- the story based on the importance of the Monday fast should be heard and recited.

Step 7- Aarti should be done on this day and the Prasad should also be distributed among the people.

The significance of the Monday fast-

Worshipping Lord Shiva and Parvati along with the correct method on Mondays is considered to be very beneficial. There are many stories about the importance of this fast. The devotees observe this fast in order to attain their Desire according to their wishes.

Sawan Ka Somwar-

Do all the Mondays are important but the significance of the Sawan Monday is more than that of other Mondays. This is because the entire Mahi of Saavan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and mother Parvati. This is why we observe a fast on Monday. It is said about Saavan Monday that when Goddess Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva so she fasted on all Mondays of the Saavan and fasted for the whole month. The devotional spirit of mother Parvati Lord Shiva fulfilled her wishes and married her. From then onwards, women keep the fast on Mondays of all the Saavan to attain a good groom.

The story of the Monday fast-

There are many legendary stories behind Monday fast. According to one of the story, there was a merchant who used to live in the city of Amarpur during ancient times. He had all the Comforts by the grace of God but despite that, he was very sad. This merchant did not have a son. He started worshipping Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati every Monday to attain a son. The Merchant was so much immersed in the worship of Lord Shiva and Mata Parvati and Goddess Parvati being impressed by him urged Lord Shiva to fulfil his wish. On the request of Mata Parvati Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and gave him the boon of attaining a son. But he also said that his son would e die after completing 12 years of his life. When the boy was 11 years old The Merchant decided to send him to Kashi to study and send his maternal uncle along with him. The merchant’s child Amar used to organize and provide food to the Brahmins wherever he rested. When the child was 12 years of old in Kashi his health started deteriorating and he died. But the Gods plan was something else so Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati were passing buy Kashi at the same time. When they saw his maternal uncle crying on the death of the child remember that this child is the one who e will die at the tender age of 12. Goddess Parvati again asked Lord Shiva to grant life to this child. Lord Shiva extended the age of this child because of observing the fast every Monday in the correct manner.

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