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soma vAra vratam
One of the name of Lord shiva is soma - saha uma. For the Lord
someshvara Who wears the soma, the moon crescent on the matted hair, on the somavara day
(Monday), this festival is observed.
Though all Mondays can be observed as vrata there are speacial mondays when it
is much more emphasised to observe like the shrAvaNa somvAr and kArthikai sOmavAram.
According to skandha purANa, on the Mondays of the month kArthikai (mid Nov to mid
Dec) this vrata is observed.
Way of observing
Getting up at the dawn one meditates on the Supreme shiva.
After taking bath and having done the morning twilight salutation,
praying the Auspicious and Graceful Lord shiva, worships the couples
who are devotees of the Lord, chaste and loveful as the Divines couple
pArvati-paramEshawara themselves. Saluting those couples, offering them
feast, the observer of this vratam eats only one time food that day.
If unable to do the worship, then one would go to the temple and salute
and pray the umA-maheshwara. Anointing the Lord with
panychAmR^itam and other pleasent substances, hailing the Lord
offering bilva leaves, not being money-minded offering the
nice food materials to the Lord, sharing the food with the kind hearted
devotees one eats the food. One may fast also completely.
One who observes this vratam would get to enjoy many pleasures
in this world and finally would reach the kailAsham. The moon
observed this vratam and got his "moonness". He saluted the Lord gauri-
shankara and requested that this vratam be called soma vAra vratam
(One of the names of the moon is soma. One of the name of Lord
shiva with goddess umA is also soma) and whoever follows this vratam
should get their wishes materialised by the grace of the Lord and
finally should get the liberation. God granted the boon.
Long ago a princess called sIman^thini was observing
this vratam regularly. Then two young boys cunningly came as if they
were a married couple. The princess worshiped them. The young boys
really became male and female couple ! The austerous sage vaShiShTa
got the chaste arun^thadhi as his wife. One gets blessed
by the shiva-shakti on observing this vratam sincerely.
பைங்கண்வாள் அரவணை யவனொடு பனிமல ரோனுங்காணா
அங்கணா அருளென அவரவர் முறைமுறை யிறைஞ்சநின்றார்
சங்கநான் மறையவர் நிறைதர அரிவையர் ஆடல்பேணத்
திங்கள்நாள் விழமல்கு திருநெல்வே லியுறை செல்வர்தாமே. 3.92.9
1. sOmavAra vradha pUja - in Tamil
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