This Hindu year, there is an Adhik Masam (extra month) and it is also an Adhik Shravana Masam. This extra month lasts from July 18, 2023 to August 16, 2023. However, the actual Shravana Masam or Nija Sravana Masam, with all the festivals and pujas, is from August 17, 2023 to September 15, 2023.
These dates apply to states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka that follow the Amavasyant calendar.
More About Shravana Masam: The Holiest Month of the Hindu Calendar
Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and probably the holiest; choc-a-bloc as it is with festivals and auspicious occasions; and it involves fasting and feasting in equal measure.
As to why we fast in Shravan, you can find a scientific explanation in this article. In addition, we do not eat seafood in Shravan and that is for one simple reason; it is breeding time.
Dates for Important Festivals in Nija Shravana Masam 2023 (as observed in Andhra, Telangana, and Maharashtra)
|Nag Panchami||August 21, 2023||On Nag Panchami, people worship snakes in many parts of India.|
|Shravan Somvar, |
Shravana Somavaram Vratam
|August 21, 2023|
August 28, 2023
September 4, 2023
September 11, 2023
|On Shravan Somvaram or Mondays in Shravan, devotees pray to Lord Shiva. In addition, many people fast; especially unmarried girls wishing to get married soon.|
|Mangala Gowri Vratam||August 22, 2023|
August 29, 2023
September 5, 2023
September 12, 2023
|Married women observe Mangala Gowri Vratam on all Tuesdays in Shravan for the wellbeing of their husbands.|
|Shravan Shukravaram||August 18, 2023|
August 25, 2023
September 1, 2023
September 8, 2023
September 15, 2023
|On Fridays in Shravan, married women perform Shravan Shukravaram Vratam and pray to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.|
|Maha Varalakshmi Vratam||August 25, 2023||Many married women in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu perform Maha Varalakshmi Vratam on the Friday before the full moon in Shravan.|
|August 30, 2023||People celebrate Shravan Poornima as Raskha Bandhan to celebrate the bond between brothers and sisters.|
In Maharashtra, Kolis (the fisherman community) celebrate this day as Narali Poornima. They pray to Lord Varuna, the lord of the seas, to bless them with a bountiful catch and protect them on rough seas.
In Tamil Nadu, people celebrate this day as Avani Avittam.
|Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami, Sri Krishna Janmashtami||September 6, 2023||Janmashtami celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna; He who gave the world the Bhagwat Gita. Krishna as a child was said to steal milk, curds, and butter from households around him. To mimic this, In Maharashtra, youngsters (known locally as Govindas) form human pyramids, and break pots of milk and curd tied high above the ground.|