Celebrated In: India in Rain Season
Celebrated By: Hindu (Hindu)
Kanwar Teerth yatra starts from, the first day of the month of Sawan. It will be for two weeks. The Kanvar Yatra or Kavad Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Shiva, known as Kanvarias, to Hindu pilgrimage places of Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri in Uttarakhand to fetch holy waters of Ganges River, Ganga Jal, which is later offered at their local Shiva temples.
The Yatra takes place during the sacred month of Shravan (Saawan) (July -August), according to the Hindu calendar. The month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and most devotees observe a fast on Mondays during the month, as it also falls during the chaturmas period, traditionally set aside for religious pilgrimages, bathing in holy rivers, and penance.
During the annual Monsoon season, thousands of saffron-clad pilgrims carry water from the Ganges in Haridwar, Gangotri or Gaumukh, the glacier from where the Ganges originates and other holy places on the Ganges, like Sultanganj, the only place where the river turns north during its course, and return to their hometowns, where they later they perform abhisheka (anointing) the Shivalingas at the local Shiva temples, as a gesture of thanksgiving.