Monday lord Shiva Fast, Somvar Vrat Details, Shiva Bhajans online, Nakta Vrata
Fast on Monday is observed to please Lord Shiva. In Monday fast, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped. All men and women can observe this fast. Observing the fast in systematic manner is beneficial. According to the scriptures, fasting period of this Vrat is between sunrise and sunset. As food is taken at night, the fast is also called as Nakta Vrata.
Many Hindu followers fast on Mondays. It is one of the most auspicious days of the week as it is in honour of Lord Shiva, the ascetic God who lives in the mountains of Kailash. There are many rituals and myths associated with this Somvar Vrat as the fast is called in Hindi. But first let us take a look at the right way to fast on Monday.
Monday is dedicated to Lord Shiva. On this day, he is worshipped along with his consort goddess Parvati. Though, of course, as is the custom, Lord Ganesha is venerated right at the beginning of the worship. Devotees also listen to Shiva Bhajans on this day.
The Tenets of the Somvar Vrat
Fasting for Lord Shiva is relatively simple. He is not a God who is too enshrined in rituals. The fast must be observed from sunrise to sunset according to Hindu traditions. You are allowed to have fruits, foods made with sabudana and sattu (gram flour).
Rituals of the Monday Fast
The puja on Monday is for both Shiva and his eternal consort Devi Parvati. The couple is seen as the perfect couple by Hindus and are worshiped for marital bliss. On this day, you are supposed to pour a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey and gangajal (water from the holy Ganges) on the head of a Shiva Linga. Then bathe the Shiva Linga with water and offer some fruits. After this, the katha or story of Shiva and Parvati is read out.