Sravana Vratham is an auspicious fasting observed by Vaishnava devotees. This fasting or vrat is observed every month on the day of ‘Sravana Nakshatra’. It is believed that performing pujas for Lord Vishnu on the day of Sravana Vratham is fruitful.
Sravana Vrat Date 2021: December 08, Wednesday
Sravana Nakshatra Timing: December 08, 12:11 am – December 08, 10:40 pm
Rituals during Sravana Vrat:
The fasting on Sravana Vrat is similar to Ekadashi fast. Staunch devotees keep a fast for 24 hours starting from the sunrise of the Sravana Vratham day till the dawn of the following day.
But older people and those suffering from any medical condition should not keep this kind of strict fast. Such people observe partial fasting and are allowed to eat fruits and ‘falahaar food’
Consuming non-vegetarian food and alcohol is strictly prohibited for those who do not plan to take the Vrat.
The observer of Sravana Vratham should break his/her fast by offering ‘naivedyam’ to the lord on the following morning. Those who keep strict fast must take only liquid diet on the following day.
On the day of Sravana Vratham one must also observe silence for a few hours. It is a form of meditation which unites the individual with the Supreme Power.
It is auspicious to recite ‘Pancha Suktam’ or ‘Sri Vishnu Sahasranamam’ on the day of Sravana Vratham. Lighting a ‘deepam’ on the day of Sravana Vratham in Lord Venkateshwara or Lord Narayana temples is highly meritorious.
Important Timings On Sravana Vratham:
Sunrise: December 08, 2021 7:00 AM
Sunset: December 08, 2021 5:37 PM
Sravana Nakshatra Begins: December 08, 2021 12:11 AM
Sravana Nakshatra Ends: December 08, 2021 10:40 PM
Significance of Sravana Vrat:
The observance of Sravana Vratham is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is also one of the most popular fasts observed by the Hindus. The greatness of Sravana Vratham is mentioned in most of the Hindu religious books or puranas.
According to the legends, Sravana Nakshatra is known to be the ‘Nakshatra of Lord Venkateswara’. This day is therefore considered very auspicious in Tirumala, Tirupati. On this day the ‘deepam’ ceremony in the ‘Oppiliappan Temple’ is very renowned. Special pujas and abhishekam is held during Sravana Vratham in Lord Vishnu temples all across India, especially in the southern regions.
Why is the Shravan Vrat important?
In Hinduism, Sravana Masa is considered to be the best time to worship Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is believed that pujas and other rituals performed during this month are highly rewarding.
The month of Shravana is the 5th month in the traditional Hindu calendar and is considered to be as sacred as the ‘Karthika’ month. It also marks the start of the propitious ‘Chaturmas’ period.
One who observes the Sravana Vratham in a ritualistic manner will be bestowed with happiness and prosperity. They will ultimately seek ‘moksha’ and find a place in ‘Vaikuntha’, the heavenly abode of Lord Vishnu.