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Query from: Anonymous, Unknown, 11/04/09
Topic: POOJA      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Solah somvar vrat udyapan details!

Can anyone please tell me the 16 somvar vrat udyapan process. The place where i live has no shiva temple.

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Response from: sambasivan s,   
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Hello ! source: http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/…

The mighty Shiva is said to be the easiest god to please.

The god who is easiest to please is Shiva, the lord who resides in the mighty Himalayas. Of the trinity of gods, he is the destroyer of life, but is easily pleased with devotees who pray for his grace and observe a fast on Mondays. Mythology abounds in stories of those who prospered because of their devotion to Mahadev. Observe these simple rules, please the god and get your wish fulfilled.

Offerings: Monday is the day of Shiva. The god's favourite colour is white. He likes white flowers, white clothes and a white seat. Even his home is amidst the snow-covered gleaming white peaks of the Himalayas. When offering a puja to the god, do it with white flowers and white sweets for thenaivedyam .

Ritual: Shiva's devotees should observe a strict fast on Mondays, eating only after sunset. Unlike other fasts, one cannot eat in the afternoon and skip the evening meal. A rudra abhishek (ritual bath amidst chanting of mantras ) should be offered to the Shivalinga in the home shrine. During the puja , a specific number of bilva leaves must be offered to the Shivalinga. In the evening, a naivedyam of rice and curds should be offered.

However, unlike usual practice, this naivedyam cannot be eaten as prasad . It should instead be taken to a Shiva temple and given to the priest or offered to a cow. Occasionally, a Brahmin or a married woman should be invited for meals. Devotees should chant the mantra Om Namah Shivaythroughout the day.

Special Mondays: If it is not possible to observe a fast every Monday, one should at least observe a fast on the Mondays in the month of Shravan. These days are especially auspicious.

Sixteen Mondays: If you are seeking something specific from the God, it is advisable to observe a vrat (religious ritual) of 16 Mondays. Observed in honour of Lord Shiva, it can be started on any Monday of the bright fortnight of the months of Vaishakh, Shravan, Kartik or Magh. A fast is observed on next 16 Mondays and the udyapan of the vrat (conclusion) is performed on the 17th Monday.

Every Monday, a detailed puja is performed with 16 offerings. Although the devotee is allowed to eat food cooked without salt, crystal sugar or thick sweet roti (bread), many observe a strict fast. A naivedyam of crystal sugar or roti (thick sweet bread) is prepared for Lord Shiva. Before offering it to the god, the naivedyam is divided into three parts. One part is offered to the god, one part is distributed amongst friends and relatives and the third part is eaten by the devotee. On the 17th Monday, the devotee offers a mahapujato Shiva at a Shiva temple. Flowers of golden champak, bilva, lotus, bakuli and punnag are essential for this puja .

Naivedyam: Sweet rotis are made of 5 kg of wheat flour, one and quarter kilogram of clarified butter and one and quarter kilogram of jaggery. These are roasted on fire fuelled by cow dung cakes. One third of the rotis are offered to the Shivalingam in the temple, one third are distributed as prasadand one third are distributed amongst relatives during meals.

Vrat for Jagannath: During the month of Chaitra, the Somvar vrat is observed for Lord Jagannath. A person who has been on a pilgrimage to Jagannath Puri or whose family member has undertaken this pilgrimage can observe it. Devotees observe a fast and, in the evening, Lord Jagannath is ritually worshipped. A naivedyam is offered and the prasad is eaten. The devotee can then break the fast.

http://spirituality.indiatimes.com/…

I am attaching Somvar Vrat Katha taken from the following link. Please read.

Source: http://www.indif.com/nri/kathas/som…

NOW COMING TO UR QUESTIONS that there is no shiva temple -- I suggest u can visit a temple on completion of vrat. Other option will be to exhibit Shiva picture in pooja room and worship imagining it to be as if at the temple.

some of the rituals prescribed, if for practical reason u cannot perform u may think of substituting them with reasonably possible level to ur satisfaction. The intention is important. Devotion is important.

I may quote an example. We celebrated the punyavachanam of my grandson recently. Sastriji made "parupu thengai"cone by putting brown sugar bought from meijer into a aluminium foil and made it a cone. Likewise adjustments have to be made/are made with intentions being retained one hundred percent as it is.

best wishes

best wishes

ENGLISH VERSION OF SOMVAR VRAT KATHA.doc (38.912k)

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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Source: http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/05/s…
Anonymous,

Solah Somwar Vrat is observed for sixteen consecutive Mondays and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. A devotee can start Solah Somvar Vrat on the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in any month. But devotees usually begin the fasting in Shravan or Kartik month. Solah Somvar Vrat is observed by women to get good husbands and many also observe it when they are blessed with a good married life. It is also believed that observing this Vrat will help in getting one’s wishes fulfilled.

Legend has it that moon (Chandra or Soma) was cursed by Daksha that his body will fade away. It is said that Chandra escaped from this curse after observing the Somvar Vrat.

Solah Somvar fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. Some devotees observe 24-hour fast and they only consume water or tender coconut.

Some devotees opt for nuts, milk and fruits while fasting. On the 17th Monday of the fasting, special pujas dedicated to Lord Shiva are held.

(http://www.hindu-blog.com/2009/05/s…)

Udyapan :

On the 17th monday, you need to perform the pooja as you did for previous Mondays and additionally you need to do some more pooja. Please contact your local Temple Priest and take his advice about this Pooja. It is not a big pooja.

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Response from: praveen sri,   
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Offerings: Monday is the day of Shiva. The god's favourite colour is white. He likes white flowers, white clothes and a white seat. Even his home is amidst the snow-covered gleaming white peaks of the Himalayas. When offering a puja to the god, do it with white flowers and white sweets for the naivedyam . Ritual: Shiva's devotees should observe a strict fast on Mondays, eating only after sunset. Unlike other fasts, one cannot eat in the afternoon and skip the evening meal. A rudra abhishek (ritual bath amidst chanting of mantras ) should be offered to the Shivalinga in the home shrine. During the puja , a specific number of bilva leaves must be offered to the Shivalinga. In the evening, a naivedyam of rice and curds should be offered. However, unlike usual practice, this naivedyam cannot be eaten as prasad . It should instead be taken to a Shiva temple and given to the priest or offered to a cow. Occasionally, a Brahmin or a married woman should be invited for meals. Devotees should chant the mantra Om Namah Shivay throughout the day.

Special Mondays: If it is not possible to observe a fast every Monday, one should at least observe a fast on the Mondays in the month of Shravan. These days are especially auspicious.

Sixteen Mondays: If you are seeking something specific from the God, it is advisable to observe a vrat (religious ritual) of 16 Mondays. Observed in honour of Lord Shiva, it can be started on any Monday of the bright fortnight of the months of Vaishakh, Shravan, Kartik or Magh. A fast is observed on next 16 Mondays and the udyapan of the vrat (conclusion) is performed on the 17th Monday.

Every Monday, a detailed puja is performed with 16 offerings. Although the devotee is allowed to eat food cooked without salt, crystal sugar or thick sweet roti (bread), many observe a strict fast. A naivedyam of crystal sugar or roti (thick sweet bread) is prepared for Lord Shiva. Before offering it to the god, the naivedyam is divided into three parts. One part is offered to the god, one part is distributed amongst friends and relatives and the third part is eaten by the devotee. On the 17th Monday, the devotee offers a mahapuja to Shiva at a Shiva temple. Flowers of golden champak, bilva, lotus, bakuli and punnag are essential for this puja .

Naivedyam: Sweet rotis are made of 5 kg of wheat flour, one and quarter kilogram of clarified butter and one and quarter kilogram of jaggery. These are roasted on fire fuelled by cow dung cakes. One third of the rotis are offered to the Shivalingam in the temple, one third are distributed as prasad and one third are distributed amongst relatives during meals.

Vrat for Jagannath: During the month of Chaitra, the Somvar vrat is observed for Lord Jagannath. A person who has been on a pilgrimage to Jagannath Puri or whose family member has undertaken this pilgrimage can observe it. Devotees observe a fast and, in the evening, Lord Jagannath is ritually worshipped. A naivedyam is offered and the prasad is eaten. The devotee can then break the fast.

You have to fast till evening and do Puja. You should not eat onions, garlic, nonveg etc. In the evening you can take the Prasadam after offering it to God. You can recite Shiva manasa puja slokam and Shivanandalahari. Read the somavar vrat katha .

One who observes this vratam would get to enjoy many pleasures in this world and finally would reach the kailAsham.

The moon observed this vratam and got his "moonness". He saluted the Lord gauri- shankara and requested that this vratam be called soma vAra vratam (One of the names of the moon is soma. One of the name of Lord shiva with goddess umA is also soma) and whoever follows this vratam should get their wishes materialised by the grace of the Lord and finally should get the liberation. God granted the boon.

Long ago a princess called sIman^thini was observing this vratam regularly. Then two young boys cunningly came as if they were a married couple. The princess worshiped them. The young boys really became male and female couple !

The austerous sage vaShiShTa got the chaste arun^thadhi as his wife. One gets blessed by the shiva-shakti on observing this vratam sincerely

Rituals to be followed for the Monday fast:

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.

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.

see for it in the link http://www.s-a-i.info/assoc_change/………

see for solah somvar katha in the link :

http://satyamshivamsundaram.blogspo………

in hindi and english version of katha u see in the link below :

http://www.indif.com/nri/kathas/Som………

in hindi u can also see the link http://www.bhaktisangeet.com/vratka………

u can see vratha vidhi,aarthi,katha in hindi in the link http://www.onlinemandir.com/day1.ht………

if married then u have to prepare the food like kheer chapati or sweet rotis and fruits for 16 married womans and have to give 1 utelsil like glass or dish and other thing u have to give them tika or chudi and some mone like 11 or 21 Rs. each,if Unmarried then do same for 16 Unmarried girls. Do not worry if you have no pundit or shiva temple near by, just do all these vidhis at your home in front of shivaling or photo....your feelings towards the God should be true and pure.Remember God is everywhere....May your wish be fulfilled..God bless you.

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Response from: nihu d great,   
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Solah Somvar Vrat :

This fast series is done to please Lord Shiva, the naive 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. He/She can have one meal at sunset.

You can also see this link

http://www.shaivam.org/siddhanta/fe…

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Response from: Nagarajan Ramanathan,   
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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… i am pretty sure swami maharaj will show you light....pls do not think that swami maharaj as some sadhu or a mere sadguru.....as you read more about Him you will realise who He was...to some he appeared as shree datta guru, to others as venkatesh, to many others as krishna....

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Response from: preeti saxena,   
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Solah Somvar Vrat : This fast series is done to please Lord Shiva, the naive 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. He/She can have one meal at sunset. For complete details on solah somvar vrat and udyapan read this article: http://gyanreading.blogspot.com/200………

Do not worry i there is no temple or pundit do it at your home with true faith and devotion.

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Response from: rathindra bharati,   
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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.

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 and are given here.

Somya Pradosh Vrat Katha II Solah Somvar Katha

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. So the merchants son alongwith his bride went up to the roof. They touched their feet. The merchant and his wife were very happy to see the couple.

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Response from: vaidyanathan krishnan,   
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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. Mondays in the Hindi month of Shravan or Shrawan (July – August) is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Hindus in North India observe Shravan Mas Somvar Vrata or Sravan Somavara Upvaas. In this month, Shivling is bathed with holy water from River Ganga. Fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset on all Mondays in the month. In 2009, Shravan Somvar days are July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3. Married women observe the fast for a happy and long married life. Unmarried women observe it for getting good husbands. Men observe it for a happy and peaceful life. Those who observe fast eat only a single vegetarian meal. Shivlinga is bathed with Ganga water or milk at temples. Devotees also offer flowers or Bilva or Bel leaves to the Shivalingam. Mondays in Hindu religion is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The importance of Shravan Somvar is because it is believed that the Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) took place in this month and Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hala to save the world during this period. Offering milk to Lord Shiva in this month is considered highly auspicious. People also worship Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Lord Kartik in this month. In South India, the Mondays in Kartik month (October – November) is considered highly auspicious and similar rituals are observed.

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Response from: Pratima Ramdaursingh,   
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Solah Somvar can be observed in the normal way. It should start from sunrise and end at sunset. it is phaladar, i.e. only by eating fruits, things made from milk. If you do not have Shiv Mandir in your area, then you can medidate on Om Namah Shivaya, chanting some prayers "Om Triyambakam Yaja Mahe Sungandi pushti........". If possible do pooja in the 3 pahars or if not possible then you can do pooja during the sandhya time. Above all if you cannot observe vrat only onfruits, then it is necessary that bhojan may be taken only once avoiding onions and garlic.

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Response from: praveen kannal,   
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Upvass, or fasting, on Mondays begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. On the day, food is only eaten after evening prayer. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on the day. Of course, no worship begins without remembering Lord Ganesha. The fasting on Mondays in the Shravan month is considered even more auspicious.

It is believed that those people who observe Upvaas on Monday will have their desires fulfilled and will be blessed with wisdom. In some areas, fasting on Mondays is observed by unmarried women to get an ideal husband.

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Response from: MANISH RAUTELA,   
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Hello Dear,

Its all right if you don't have any shiv temple, you can call a pandit and ask him that tou want to do udyapan of your 16 somvar vrat. He will do all the rituals.

The best thing is to call up pandit for the process.

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