The day of Masik Shivratri in the month of Sawan, which is considered a holy month in Hinduism by devotees of Lord Shiva, is known as Sawan Shivratri. Popularly celebrated around India, particularly in the northern states, Sawan Shivratri witnesses Shiva pujas at various Shiva temples.
Maha Shivratri is considered much more significant than Sawan Shivratri. However, if you seek to establish close communion with Lord Shiva, Sawan Shivratri would definitely be the more auspicious of the day. This is due to the simple fact that Sawan Shivratri is celebrated in the month of Sawan, which is Lord Shiva’s holy month. It is believed that those who fast and perform all rituals in accordance with the customs and with complete dedication are rewarded by the Lord.
According to Hindu legend, the Samudra Manthan happened in the month of Sawan. As a result of the demons and gods churning the ocean, a deadly poison, along with fourteen divine items came out from the ocean, and the poison had the power to cause the death and destruction of the entire world. Lord Shiva took responsibility and swallowed the poison. Unable to swallow the poison, Lord Shiva let his throat be exposed to the poison, which turned it blue in colour.
Sawan Shivratri is celebrated by devotees of Lord Shiva in order to ask the Lord’s blessings for good health, prosperity, and a good life.
In 2017, Sawan Shivratri would be observed on 21st July.