Sawan or Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar and is observed for worshiping Lord Shiva.This holy month began on Wednesday, July 17 and it will conclude on August 15 and is considered the most auspicious month in the Hindu calendar. Devotees observe fast and give up non-vegetarian food. All Mondays in the month are considered highly auspicious for observing fast. According to mythology, Lord Shiva consumed the poison that came out of the ocean during its churning to save the world. It is believed that Lord Shiva held the venom in his throat, which turned blue as a result.Hence, Shiva devotees perform puja during this time as an offering to seek his blessings.On Pradosh or pradosham, Lord Shiva together with Goddess Parvati is believed to be extremely delighted, pleased and generous and hence devotess observe fast and worship to seek divine blessings. According to the Skanda Purana, one who observes this revered fast with devotion and faith is bound to possess contentment, wealth and good health and also attain spiritual upliftment and fulfilment of desires. It is believed that even a single glance of the deity on this propitious day will end all sins and bestow bountiful blessings and good fortune.Pradosham in this month of Shravan falls on 29th July, which is also a Monday, also considered auspicious during this month as Shravan Somwar.