Context: The Kanwar yatra begins on the first day of Shravan and finishes on Chaturdashi Tithi, the 14th day during the waning phase of the lunar cycle. About Kanwar Yatra:
- Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage of devotees of Lord Shiva, the Hindu God of Destruction.
- Kanvar/Kavad: The yatra derives its name from the word ‘kanvar’ – a bamboo pole to which containers of holy water are tied at opposite ends. Also known as ‘Kavad’, the yatra or the journey entails several days of walking bare feet to appease the God.
- Religious significance: Kanwar Yatra is related to the churning of the ocean of milk, also known as ‘samudra manthan‘ as per the Puranas.
- Duration: It is organized in the Hindu calendar month of Shravana (Saavn). Once the pilgrims reach their destination, the Ganges water is used to bathe the Shiva lingam on the 13th day (trayodashi) in Shravana month, which is also known as the Sawan Shivaratri.