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Shravan – The Most Auspicious and Holy Month

Shravan is the 5th month in Hindu calendar is the most auspicious and holy month started from 27th July-2010 to 24th Aug-2010. The star called Shravan rules the sky in this entire month; hence the month is called as Shravan. The month is full of religious festivals and ceremonies and all the days of this month are auspicious.

Shravan Somvar, each Mondays of this month are especially dedicated in Lord Shiva’s worship. These days are considered as the most auspicious time to pray Lord Shiva and also the best time of the year to buy Rudraksha. People fast on these days, visit temples, worship Shiva with flowers, fruits, milk, holy water, incense and bili leaves.

Story – The Importance of Shravan Shiv Poojan

Samudra Manthan produced poision taken by Shivji - Halahal - Neelkantha

The myth says that at the time of Samudra Manthan (churning of oceans) that happened in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of Gems came out from the ocean. Thirteen of which were distributed among the Asuras (demons), except the poison ‘Halahal.’ Shiva drank this poison and stored it in his throat. Hence the name ‘Neelkantha’ (neela-blue, kantha-throat) is attributed to Lord Shiva.

In order to combat the strong effect of this deadly poison, Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head and then all the Gods started offering Ganges water to Him to lessen its effect. This is the reason why devotees offer Ganges water to Lord Shiva in this month.

It is said that Lord Shiva saved mankind by drinking the poison ‘Halahal.’ So, since the day of Samudra Manthan, Mondays of Shravan month are especially dedicated to Shiva’s worship in compare to other Mondays of other months.

Shravan – The holy month of Festivals

All important religious festivals and ceremonies like Nag Panchami, Shravni Purnima, Randhan Chat, Shitla Satam, 15th August (Indian Independence day), Janmastami and Raksha Bandhan fall in the month of Shravan.

Mondays in Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and devout Hindus perform the Shravan Somvar Vrat and continue it on all Mondays in Sawan. Some people observe it for years on the Shravan month. Usually, Shravan somwar Vrat is observed to get a good husband or for the welfare and long life of husbands and for a peaceful and happy life. Some couples also observe the fasting for saving their sons and daughters from serious diseases.

Fasting, pujas and rituals on Saturdays in Shravan month is observed to escape from the bad influence of Lord Shani

Veerpasli is a vrat observed on the first Sunday of Shravan and is continued for next eight days for the welfare of male members in the family.

Phool Kajali and Chokha Kajali are observed on the third day of waxing and waning phase of moon. This is for getting a good life partner and for a happy married life. Gai Vrat which is observed during the entire Shravan month is also to get a good husband.

Shravan Month Puja Vidhi

Bili Shiv Pujan

Bili Shiv Pujan

During this pooja, chants of Om Namah Shivaya and sounds of bells reverberate in the temple. Following the bath with milk, yoghurt, honey, ghee, sugar and water that helps in the purification of the soul a vermilion paste is applied on the Linga as it represents virtue. After this, Bilwa leaves, which have to be a stalk with three leaves, is kept on top of the Shivlinga to cool the hot-tempered deity. Some devotees also offer the auspicious betel leaves to Lord Shiva marking satisfaction with worldly pleasures. Garlanding of Linga with flowers and garlands is also a part of the ritual shravan Puja. Devotees also burn incense sticks as is said to yield wealth. Many also light lamps to symbolize attainment of knowledge. It is said that by offering water, hugging the Linga, lighting the diya and incense and ringing the temple bells, devotees call into focus all their senses, making them acutely aware of themselves and the universe to which they belong.

There are just a few of the rituals that are observed in the holy month of Shravan. This is the month when Mother Nature nourishes with monsoon rains. All the lakes, ponds and rivers are full and there is green everywhere.

Some scholars are also of the opinion that it is during this period that waterborne diseases spread fast. So the numerous Vratas and rituals in the month are to keep people healthy.

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