New Delhi: Devotees all over the country have thronged to temples to offer prayers to the deities to celebrate the third Monday of the holy month of Sawan.
Sawan is an auspicious month for Hindus which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, who is worshipped this month. Deovtees observe fast every Monday in this month. According to the Hindu calendar, the third Monday of the month is observed as Vinayaka Chaturthi. Ganesha’s devotees keep a fast on this day as well.
A huge number of poeple can be seen in a queue outside Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi, waiting for their turn to offer prayers on the third Monday of Sawan.
Devotees are standing in a big queue at the Shiv Temple near Baba Kharak Singh Marg in the national capital, Delhi. The temple authorities have hung a notice board outside the temple advising people to maintain COVID-19 protocols. Today, a similar rush of devotees can be seen at Shree Gauri Shankar Temple in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.
Devotees are celebrating the third Monday with enthusiasm and gaiety in Uttarakhand, people from far-flung areas have come to Haridwar for prayer to celebrate the third Monday of Sawan month.
As per the official information on July 26, approximately three crore Shiva devotees (Kanwariyas) have visited Haridwar till now with the aim of getting holy Ganga water, which is offered as’ Jalabhishek ‘to Lord Shiva.
“Kanwar Yatra‘ is an annual pilgrimage carried out by the devotees of Lord Shiva, known as Kanwariyas. They travelled to several holy places in Uttarakhand and Bihar, including Haridwar, Gaumukh, Gondri, and Sultanganj in Bihar, to collect Ganges water and then worship God with it.