Ashadi Ekadashi heralding the start of Chaturmas and the “favouritest” part of the year for me where festivals abound.

Around the corner is Shravana Masam or the month of Shravan. In states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka that follow the Amavasyant calendar, this year the dates for Shravan are:

  • Start Date: July 21, 2020
  • End Date: August 19, 2020

Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is probably its holiest. It is choc-a-bloc with festivals and auspicious occasions. It also ushers in the 4-month long festival season in India that stretches right up to Deepavali or Diwali (mid-November this year).

The intervening period is filled with all manner of festivals and holy days that give me an opportunity to indulge in all my favourite activities; perform and attend assorted poojas, dress up in lovely silk sarees, visit friends and relatives for haldi-kumkum, sing in temples on various auspicious days, attend a range of concerts, and last but not the least, enjoy a vast range of delicacies. 🙂

Read a scientific explanation of why we should fast in Shravan. Eating fish is also prohibited in Shravan, for one simple reason; fish spawn at this time of the year.

Important Festivals in Shravana Masam 2020 and Their Dates

Each region in India has its own set of festivals and here are some that we observe in Andhra Pradesh (which is the state my ancestors are from) and Maharashtra (the state where I grew up and live):

FestivalDateSignificance
Nag Panchami July 25, 2020 Nag Panchami is the day snakes are worshipped in many parts of the country.
Shravan Somvar / Shravana Somavaram Vratam
  1. July 27, 2020
  2. August 3, 2020
  3. August 10, 2020
  4. August 17, 2020
Shravan Somvaram or Mondays in the month of Shravan are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Many devotees fast on these days. It is said that unmarried girls who want to get married should observe the Shravan Somvar fasts.
Mangala Gowri Vratam
  1. July 21, 2020
  2. July 28, 2020
  3. August 4, 2020
  4. August 11, 2020
  5. August 18, 2020
Mangala Gowri Vratam is performed by married women (sumangali) on all Tuesdays in Shravan for the well-being of their husbands. Gowri (or Gauri) is also another name for Goddess Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva.
Shravan Shukravaram
  1. July 24, 2020
  2. July 31, 2020
  3. August 7, 2020
  4. August 14, 2020
Shravan Shukravaram Vratam is the puja performed on Fridays in the month of Shravan and is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.
Varalakshmi Vratam August 1, 2020 For married women in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu, the most important Shravana Shukravaram is the one that falls on the Friday before the full moon (Shravana Pournami Purvasta Shukravarey). This is the day on which Varalakshmi Vratam is performed.
  • Shravan Pournami
  • Shravan Poornima
  • Narali Purnima
  • Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)
  • Avani Avittam
August 3, 2020
  • Shravana Paurnami or Shravan Poornima has become popular all over India as Raskha Bandhan, a festival that is essentially from North India and one that celebrates the relationship between a brother and sister.
  • In Maharashtra, it is celebrated by the Koli community or the fisherman community as Narali Poornima. They worship Lord Varuna, the lord of the seas to bless them with a bountiful catch and protect them on rough seas.
  • In Tamil Nadu, this day is also celebrated as Avani Avittam.
Gokulashtami, Krishnashtami, or Sri Krishna Janmashtami August 11, 2020 This festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna; He who gave the world the Bhagwat Gita and as a child was known to steal milk, curds, and butter from all households around him.

In Maharashtra, Krishna’s antics as a child are enacted by youngsters (known locally as Govindas) who go around breaking pots of milk and curd tied high above the ground by forming human pyramids.

Some Recipes for Shravana Masam Pooja Naivedyam

Here are a few recipes that you can make during this month.

Rice Recipes

 

Chintapandu Pulihora, Puliyodarai
or Tamarind Rice

Kovil Pulihora or Puliyodarai
(Tamarind Rice as made in temples)

Kovil, Temple or Koyil Pulihora, Puliyodarai

Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam
or Lemon Rice

Lemon Rice, Nimmakaya Pulihora, Elumichai Sadam

Kobbari Annam, Thengai Sadam,
or Coconut Rice

Kobbari Annam or Coconut Rice or Thengai Sadam

Nuvvulu Annam, Ellu Sadam or Tilwale Chawal

Nuvulla Annam, Ellu Sadam, or Tilwale Chawal

Daddojanam, Thair Sadam, or Tempered Curd Rice

Daddojanam, Thair Sadam, Dahi Chawal or Curd Rice

Sundal | Guggillu

Chickpea or
Kondakadalai Sundal

Chickpea or Konda Kadalai Sundal

Senagala Guggillu

 

Guggillu or Sundal with Bengal Gram

Pattani Sundal or Pattani Guggillu

Pattani Sundal, Pattani Guggillu, or Dried Green Peas Sundal - Navratri and Varalakshmi Vratam Recipe

Verkadalai Sundal or Verusenaga Gugillu

 

Peanut or Verkadalai Sundal, or Verusenaga Guggillu

Traditional Sweets 
Bobbattu, Obbattu, Puran Poli, or Holige

 

Obbattu, Bobbattu, Puran Poli or Holige

Poornam Boorelu or Poornalu

 

Poornam Boorelu or Poornalu - 2

Badam Payasam

 

Badam Payasam or Badam Kheer

 Pesara Pappu Paravannam, Pasi Parippu Payasam, Moong Dal Kheer

 

Pesara Pappu or Pasi Paruppu Payasam, Moong Dal Kheer

Ksheerannam

 

Ksheerannam

Bellam Paravannam

 

Bellam Paramannam - Jaggery and Rice Pudding

Semiya Payasam | Vermicelli Kheer

 

Semiya Payasam

Saggubiyyam Paramannam |
Sabudana Kheer | Javvarisi Payasam
Saggubiyyam Paramannam
Pal Payasam

 

Paal or Pal Payasam

Rava Kesari

 

Rava Kesari - Saffron Semolina Pudding

Sapata | Banana Sheera

 

Banana Sheera - Sapata - Satyanarayan Pooja Prasadam

Besan Laddu

 

Besan Laddoo

Coconut Laddu

 

Quick and Easy Coconut Laddoo

Minapa Sunni Undalu

 

Minapa Sunni Undalu - Udad Dal Laddoo or Laddu

Sojjappalu or Halwa Stuffed Puri

 

Sojjappalu or Sajjappa - Kesari Stuffed Puris

Badam Halwa

 

Badam Halwa or Almond Halwa Recipe

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