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Query from: sree, INDIA, 01/11/09
Topic: SPIRITUALITY      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: prasad for 16 somvar vrat

who can do 16 somvar vath?.rules to do the 16 somvar varth.how to prepare the prasad with flour and ghee.please answer my queries.please guide me in doing the varth sucessfully

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sree,

Solah Somvar Vrat is done to please Lord Shiva, the naïve God who is so easy to please. One begins the fast on a Monday of the bright fortnight of any month. Many people observe this serial fast during the Chatur Maas (The four holy months from June/July to October/November).

On the 17th Monday, Udyapan or thanksgiving to Lord Shiv is done.

The person who observes the fast should do Shiv-Parvati Pooja after having a bath, the person should then read the “Solah Somvar Katha” and fast till sunset.

During the fast hours, the person may have some fruits, nuts and milk. They can have one meal at sunset. (They should have a salt free meal)

(On the day of the Vrat the person who does the Vrat should not eat onions, garlic, nonveg etc.)

Vidhi for Solah Somavar Vrat :

The Vidhi is like this-its very simple..not much is required and that which is required will be available at your home or at the temple

-bathing yourself early in morning and wearing fresh clothes

-Preparing the churma ie the prasaad yourself..

churma is prepared with wheat flour and sugar.Put these two in right proportions in the kadhai after heating desi ie pure ghee.The sugar should be lesser than the flour.Cook until it turns golden brown and it is ready.

-Go to the nearest temple and worship Shivlinga(and Shiv family) with water, chandan, flowers, milk,dhoop(incense etc) fruit etc..these things wil be easily available at your home otherwise in the temple..flowers etc are sold outside the temple.

-Its ok if you cant find bilva patra etc not necessary that you offer and find everything but whatever is done needs to be done with faith and sincerity.

-Keep chanting Om Namah Shivay or any Shiv mantra or stuti while doing the worship and before it..(pray to Lord Shiva in morning the first thing that you make no mistakes and those made unknowingly are forgiven by him.) Lord Shiva will help you complete your vrata successfully.

-Read the Vrat katha once in a day- the 16 monday's vrat katha is available with any book seller who sells religious books

-don't forget the evening Puja

-Eat just one meal a day; whether in evening or night is your wish.There should be no salt in the food.Its best to eat something heavy and energising like parathas stuffed with aaloo or gobhi or chappatis with potatoes and curd so that you can pass the day without much difficulty.Since these are easy to cook you can eat these things only each Monday.

-Fruits, milk, fruit juice can be consumed throughout the day whenever you feel like it.After 4 am(next morning) you can break your fast and eat anything you like

Udyapan :

Udyapan (or the last puja of the fast that is done to break it) is done on the seventeenth Monday.

You can ask the temple priest to make a list of things are required for the worship and take them to temple on seventeenth Monday. The puja is performed with help of priest.

Fasting during periods :

You can keep the fast during periods otherwise it will break your Solah Somvar. But during periods women who fast should not go to Temple. They should not touch Scriptures, should not to Puja.

You cannot count that Monday. It will take more than 16 Mondays to complete Solah Somavar Vrat.

Please see these links for Solah Somvar Vrat Katha

http://www.s-a-i.info/assoc_change/…

http://www.indif.com/nri/kathas/Som…

Somvar ki Kahani :

(This story is related at the time of breaking Monday fast. Unshakable belief in Lord Shiva brings prosperity and nonbelievers get sufferings. If the husband and wife have the same belief they are bound to lead a happy life. Even repentance at some stage is good).

Once Lord Shiva visited the famous city of Amravati. Parvati also accompanied him. On their way, they saw a beautiful Shiva temple and decided to spend some time there. One day, Parvati found Lord Shiva in a playful mood. She said to him, oh my Lord; let us have a dice game. Lord Shiva obliged her and the game started. Meanwhile, the priest of the temple had come there. Parvati turned towards him and said please foretell who will win this game?

The Brahman gave no serious thought to her question and abruptly said, Lord Shiva will win the game. Incidentally Parvati won the game. She was angry because the Brahman had told a lie. Lord Shiva tried to pacify her, but she cursed the Brahman that he be a leper.

In due course, the Brahman became a leper and spent a miserable life. After some time a few fairies descended on the earth and pitied the fate of the priest. On asking him, the priest narrated the whole episode. One of the fairies said, you observe Monday fasts for sixteen weeks without break. On the seventeenth Monday, prepare some holy food or Prasaad with flour mixed with ghee and gur. Distribute this prasaad among the members of your family and take some yourself. You will be free from this leprosy.

The fairies disappeared and the priest followed the instructions. Soon, he regained his normal health. Once Lord Shiva and Parvati again visited that temple. Parvati was surprised to see the priest. He was his normal self. She enquired about this feat and the priest narrated the whole story.

Parvati was happy, she also decided to observe Monday fasts for sixteen weeks. Incidentally, on the seventeenth Monday, when she broke her fast, her beloved son Kartikeya, who was displeased with her, appeared and said, 0 dear mother what is that power with which you have called me? What is the mystery?

(Please see the remaining story in http://www.s-a-i.info/assoc_change/…)

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http://satyamshivamsundaram.blogspo…

http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/…

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Response from: PUNDALIK ADKAR,   
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16 somwar vrath is followed to workship lord shiva & parvati. This vrath is to be followed on continous 16 mondays without eating anything.

Once there lived a wealthy merchant. But despite all the worldly possessions, he remained sad because he had no son. He regularly observed Monday fast to have a son. He used to go to the Shiva temple and worshipped there Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati with full faith. Goddess Parvati was pleased at his devotion. She implored Lord Shiva and said, My Lord, this wealthy merchant is your faithful devotee. He regularly observes Monday fast but still he has no son. Please fulfil his desire. Hearing the implorings of Parvati, Lord Shiva said, Let your desire be fulfilled. I grant him a boon. He will be the father of a son, but Why but my Lord? asked Parvati. Lord Shiva said, but he will live for twelve years only". Fortunately, this wealthy merchant could hear their conversation. As time passed on, the merchants wife gave birth to a beautiful son. He celebrated his sons birth with great pomp and show and distributed food, clothes and money among the poor. All prayed for his sons long and happy life. But the merchant was still sad because he knew that his son would not live beyond twelve years. Yama, the god of Death, spares none. Knowing what the situation was, the merchant started observing the Monday fast with greater zest and there was no let up in the worship of Lord Shiva. He practised all the rites of worship. At the age of eleven, the merchants son looked quite smart and mature. All desired that he should be married to a beautiful girl. The merchants wife also wanted her sons marriage. She Insisted for it again and again. The merchant did not agree to this proposal. He sent for his brother-In-law and said, Accompany my son to Kashiji. Arrange for his best spiritual knowledge. Take enough money from my treasure. Arrange devotional gatherings on your way to Kashiji at every halt and distribute alms among the beggars. The merchants son started his journey for Kashi with his maternal uncle. They arranged devotional gatherings and distributed clothes at every halting camp. They also arranged best eats for the Brahmans and made enough offerings to them. One day they made a halt at a capital of a king. The kings daughters marriage was to take place that day. The marriage party had already reached the city. The bridegrooms party was terribly disturbed because the bridegroom was blind, of one eye. They were in search of a beautiful boy to replace him. The bridegrooms father sent his men in search of a beautiful boy. The men spotted the merchants son who was camping in an inn with his maternal uncle. The bridegrooms father was a rich person. He said to the merchants maternal uncle, My prestige is at stake. I need a handsome bridegroom in place of my one-eyed son. I shall give enough wealth if your ward agrees to have a temporary marriage with the kings daughter. He shall be free immediately after the marriage ceremony is over. The merchants brother-in-law convinced his sisters son for a temporary marriage. The brides party praised their luck when they saw a handsome bridegroom with the marching band at the head of the marriage procession. The merchants son and the kings daughter were married around the holy fire. At the time of departure, the merchants son picked his brides scarf and wrote, Now we are husband and wife. I am not the son of a king. I am the son of a rich merchant. I was on way to Kashiji for spiritual studies. Your real bridegroom is blind of one eye. The bride noticed her bridegroom writing something on the scarf. She could not read his message at that time. When the marriage party was about to depart, the bride read the message. She was shocked to know the reality. She refused to accompany with the one-eyed bridegroom. The marriage party returned without a bride. The merchants son reached Kashiji and devoted himself fully to the spiritual studies. His maternal uncle arranged devotional gatherings and gave donations everyday for the well-being of his sisters son. On the last day of the twelfth year, the merchants son felt pain in the chest. His maternal uncle was performing the religious rites as per his routine. As he went inside the room, he found the boy dead. He was full of grief, but kept silent as the Brahmans would not accept food from such a house. With courage, he completed his routine. When his routine was over, he started crying. Many people gathered around him and shared his grief. Fortunately, Lord Shiva and Parvati were also passing by that house. When Parvati heard the cries and beating of breast, her motherly compassion got aroused. She was a mother, after all. Having known the facts, she said to Lord Shiva, My dear Sire, please ask Yama to return his life. Yama is always at your command. Please do this favour to me. You are the protector of all creatures. Lord Shiva agreed and sprinkled Ganga water on the dead body. The boy got up as if he was making an excuse for sleep. The spiritual education of the merchants son was over. They started their journey homeward. They arranged spiritual discourses and distributed aims among the needy throughout their way. Now, they were back in the city where this boy was married. The king recognised the boy immediately. He took him to his palace with full honour and on an auspicious day, he arranged to happy departure for his daughter. He also gave adequate dowry. The merchants son reached his city alongwith his bride. His father could not believe it. He was sitting on the roof of a big mansion with his wife, waiting for his son. They had decided that they would not come down until their son supported them himself; otherwise they would commit suicide by jumping down the roof.

PROCEDURE TO MAKE PRASAD:-

Make a dough of flour & sugar. Heat the ghee in the pan (Kadai) & then put the dough of flour & sugar in that pan & cook it until it turns brownish yellow in colour. Just taste it. Add sugar if required.

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Response from: Nalini Sadasivan,   
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Given below is the details of somvar vrat -how to observe .

One of the name of Lord shiva is soma - saha uma. For the Lord someshvara Who wears the soma, the moon crescent on the matted hair, on the somavara day (Monday), this festival is observed.

When observed

Though all Mondays can be observed as vrata there are speacial mondays when it is much more emphasised to observe like the shravana somvar and Karthikai Somavaram. According to skandha purANa, on the Mondays of the month Karthikai (mid Nov to mid Dec) this vrata is observed.

Getting up at the dawn one meditates on the Supreme shiva. After taking bath and having done the morning twilight salutation, praying the Auspicious and Graceful Lord shiva, worships the couples who are devotees of the Lord, chaste and loveful as the Divines couple Parvati-ParamEshawara themselves. Saluting those couples, offering them feast, the observer of this vratam eats only one time food that day.

If unable to do the worship, then one would go to the temple and salute and pray the Uma-Maheshwara. Anointing the Lord with panychamritam and other pleasent substances, hailing the Lord offering bilva leaves, not being money-minded offering the nice food materials to the Lord, sharing the food with the kind hearted devotees one eats the food. One may fast also completely. -

In fact you can also take some food after the vrat is observed, but full fasting is good. But you can definitely take water.

The source of this information is google website

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Response from: Amit Arora,   
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Somvar Vrata is one of the pujas to observe during the month of Karthik. Soma is one of the names of Lord Shiva. Someshvara is Lord Shiva who keeps the Soma, the moon crescent on his matted hair. To please the Lord Someshvara (Lord Shiva), Soma vara Vratam is performed.

When Somvar Vrata is Observed ? Somvar vrata is observed all Mondays, but there are some special mondays when it is much more auspicious to observe. According to Hindu sacred texts, Mondays in the month of Shravana and Karthika are the holy days to observe Soma Vara vrata. Skanda Purana details the holiness or mahatmya of Soma varas (Mondays) of Karthika masam and the observance of Somvar Vrata in the month of Karthik.

How To Observe Somavara Vrata : The observance of Somavara Vrata is different from place to place. The couples who want to observe Somavara vrata wake up early from bed and perform spiritual or ceremonial bath. And they start praying the divine couple – Parvati Parameshwara (Uma Maheshwara). The Lord is anointed with Panchamritham (the sanctified mixture of milk, ghee, curd, honey and ocimum leaves) and other sacred substances.

Devotees offer Vibhuthi (Bhasma) and Bilva Patra (Bilva leaves) which are favorites of Lord Shiva. Devotees offer ‘naivedya’ (food offerings) to the Lord and they perform food charity to their fellow devotees and to the poor.

Legend or Myth behind SomaVara Vrata : The Moon observed the Vrata (puja) to get his ‘moonness’. As the Moon is also called as ‘Soma’, he saluted Lord Uma Maheshwara and prayed to him that this observance be called as ‘Somavara Vrata’.

Glory of SomVar Vrata : One who observes Somvar vrata would enjoy every pleasure in the world and after death that person would reach ‘Kailasa’ (Salvation / Moksha / Shiva lok).

The Monday fast is upto the third phase. During the fast phalahar (fasting food) can be eaten. There is no hard and fast rule except that there should be only one meal eaten on that day and worship or puja of Shiva and Parvati is to be done.

There are three types of Monday fast.

Simple every Monday fast. Som pradosh fast 16 weeks Monday fast. The rituals are same for all the three fasting. After doing the Shiva puja the story must be read or heard. The stories of Pradosh fast and 16 Mondays are separate

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Response from: pradeep laxshman,   
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hi before do tat varat know about the story behind for your ref. This story is connected with Monday fast. Monday fast is practiced to propitiate Lord Shiva and Parvati. The panchakshara Mantra "Om Namah Shivaya" should be repeated on this day. The Monday fast is up to the third phase.

sir, 16 somwar is a very tough vrat to follow..four months, every somwar the devotee has to keep fast, not eat anything...there are other rules also. vrats have to be done exactly as they are prescribed in the shastras...pls consult a good guruji before you embark on this... i would suggest you all just start chanting shree swami samarth, shree swami samarth, shree swami samarth...swami maharaj is the aadi bhagwan...from whom all deities have taken form.... you can see more on www.swamisamarth.com… or search google for shree swami samarth...the group below will also help you... http://groups.yahoo.com/group/swami…

There are three types of Monday fast.

1. Simple every Monday fast. 2. Som pradosh fast 3. 16 weeks Monday fast.

The rituals are same for all the three fasting. After doing the Shiva puja the story must be read or heard. The stories of Pradosh fast and 16 Mondays are separate and are given here.

ENGLISH VERSION OF SOMVAR VRAT KATHA

Once there lived a wealthy merchant in a city. He always had immense wealth and prosperity. But despite all the worldly possessions, he remained sad because he had no son. He regularly observed Monday fast to have a son. He used to go to the Shiva temple and worshipped there Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati with full faith. Goddess Parvati was pleased at his devotion. She implored Lord Shiva and said, My Lord, this wealthy merchant is your faithful devotee. He regularly observes Monday fast but still he has no son. Please fulfil his desire. Hearing the implorings of Parvati, Lord Shiva said, Let your desire be fulfilled. I grant him a boon. He will be the father of a son, but Why but my Lord? asked Parvati. Lord Shiva said, but he will live for twelve years only". Fortunately, this wealthy merchant could hear their conversation. As time passed on, the merchants wife gave birth to a beautiful son. He celebrated his sons birth with great pomp and show and distributed food, clothes and money among the poor. All prayed for his sons long and happy life. But the merchant was still sad because he knew that his son would not live beyond twelve years. Yama, the god of Death, spares none. Knowing what the situation was, the merchant started observing the Monday fast with greater zest and there was no let up in the worship of Lord Shiva. He practised all the rites of worship. At the age of eleven, the merchants son looked quite smart and mature. All desired that he should be married to a beautiful girl. The merchants wife also wanted her sons marriage. She Insisted for it again and again. The merchant did not agree to this proposal. He sent for his brother-In-law and said, Accompany my son to Kashiji. Arrange for his best spiritual knowledge. Take enough money from my treasure. Arrange devotional gatherings on your way to Kashiji at every halt and distribute alms among the beggars. The merchants son started his journey for Kashi with his maternal uncle. They arranged devotional gatherings and distributed clothes at every halting camp. They also arranged best eats for the Brahmans and made enough offerings to them. One day they made a halt at a capital of a king. The kings daughters marriage was to take place that day. The marriage party had already reached the city. The bridegrooms party was terribly disturbed because the bridegroom was blind, of one eye. They were in search of a beautiful boy to replace him. The bridegrooms father sent his men in search of a beautiful boy. The men spotted the merchants son who was camping in an inn with his maternal uncle. The bridegrooms father was a rich person. He said to the merchants maternal uncle, My prestige is at stake. I need a handsome bridegroom in place of my one-eyed son. I shall give enough wealth if your ward agrees to have a temporary marriage with the kings daughter. He shall be free immediately after the marriage ceremony is over. The merchants brother-in-law convinced his sisters son for a temporary marriage. The brides party praised their luck when they saw a handsome bridegroom with the marching band at the head of the marriage procession. The merchants son and the kings daughter were married around the holy fire. At the time of departure, the merchants son picked his brides scarf and wrote, Now we are husband and wife. I am not the son of a king. I am the son of a rich merchant. I was on way to Kashiji for spiritual studies. Your real bridegroom is blind of one eye. The bride noticed her bridegroom writing something on the scarf. She could not read his message at that time. When the marriage party was about to depart, the bride read the message. She was shocked to know the reality. She refused to accompany with the one-eyed bridegroom. The marriage party returned without a bride. The merchants son reached Kashiji and devoted himself fully to the spiritual studies. His maternal uncle arranged devotional gatherings and gave donations everyday for the well-being of his sisters son. On the last day of the twelfth year, the merchants son felt pain in the chest. His maternal uncle was performing the religious rites as per his routine. As he went inside the room, he found the boy dead. He was full of grief, but kept silent as the Brahmans would not accept food from such a house. With courage, he completed his routine. When his routine was over, he started crying. Many people gathered around him and shared his grief. Fortunately, Lord Shiva and Parvati were also passing by that house. When Parvati heard the cries and beating of breast, her motherly compassion got aroused. She was a mother, after all. Having known the facts, she said to Lord Shiva, My dear Sire, please ask Yama to return his life. Yama is always at your command. Please do this favour to me. You are the protector of all creatures. Lord Shiva agreed and sprinkled Ganga water on the dead body. The boy got up as if he was making an excuse for sleep. The spiritual education of the merchants son was over. They started their journey homeward. They arranged spiritual discourses and distributed aims among the needy throughout their way. Now, they were back in the city where this boy was married. The king recognised the boy immediately. He took him to his palace with full honour and on an auspicious day, he arranged to happy departure for his daughter. He also gave adequate dowry. The merchants son reached his city alongwith his bride. His father could not believe it. He was sitting on the roof of a big mansion with his wife, waiting for his son. They had decided that they would not come down until their son supported them himself; otherwise they would commit suicide by jumping down the roof. resources:www.indiadivine.org….

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