Monday which is also known as Somvar in Hindi. According Hindu religion this is the day when people worship lord Shiva. According to Hindu Holy Books Somvar is divided into two words Som and Var. Where Som means Moon and Var means Day. It is believed that Som (Moon) worshiped lord shiva for thousands of years and boon by Shiva that he will always be at his head like a crown. Historians also say that Somwar is derived from Somnath Jyotirlinga. As we all know that Lord Shiva established twelve Jyotirlingas at the places where he lived with his devotees. Somnath was the first Jyotirlinga established by Lord Shiva.
There is one another belief for the relation of Somvar, Lord Shiva and Moon. When Lord Shiva drunk Poison Halahal which produced during Samundra manthan, Lord Shiva’s body getting so hot because of Poison. Lord Shiva then asked from Moon to help him with his coolness. Moon or Lord Shandra then agreed to help Lord Shiva and requested him to always keep him on his head. Shiva then boon Moon that people will remember his devotion when they hear the mane Somvar, which will became the first day of the week. Because of Moon’s devotion Lord Shiva also known as Somnath.
It is believed that if people worship Lord Shiva on this day, he will bless them and fulfil all their desires. Unmarried girls used to fast for sixteen Somvars in the wish of Handsome and caring husband like lord Shiva. On this day people use to worship Shivlinga and cedes him milk, bel patra, flowers, fruits and Diya to Shivlinga.
Shravan month’s Somvar (July – August) in North India, Gujarat and Maharashtra are considered as very highly auspicious. People used to offer special pujas to Lord Shiva on Somvar in temples and homes.
The mantra chanted by the devotees on this day is Om Namah Shivaya. When no moon day or Amavasi, falls on Monday it is considered as highly auspicious and that day is known as Somavati Amavas.