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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Shravan Mas -(The Holy Month of Festivals)

Shravan Mas -(The Holy Month of Festivals)

The month of Shravan
is the fifth month of the Hindu calender beginning from Chaitra,
and is the most auspicious month of the Chaturmas.
On Purnima or fullmoon day, or during the course of the month

 the star


rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan. 

This month is spread out with innumerably religious festivals and 
ceremonies and almost all the days of this month are auspicious.

Shravan is considered the

holiest month of the year.

  Each monday of this month, known as Shravana Somvar, 

is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra hangs

  over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night.
Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset.
  The nandadeep (24 hour lamp)burns steadily in the temples.

Lord Shiva and Shravan Mas 

The legend says that when the churning of oceans

- Samudra Manthan 

 took place in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out. 

Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except Halahal (poison).

Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored it in his throat.
 Hence the name Neelkantha(meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva. 

To reduce the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva
wore the crescent moon on his head. 

All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva  to make lessen the effect of poison. 

Since, this happened in the month of Shravana, 

since then the Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water in this month. 

It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month. 

As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity.

 All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiva

 as this day is sacred to Lord Shiva.

No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured.
The belief is that in Shravan month,
offering milk to Lord Shiva earns a lot of punya.

Significance of Shravan Weekdays

Each day in the month of Shravan has a special significance and has its own ritual

is the day of Lord Shiva worship.
Gauri is worshipped in every home,by women for the good health of their family. 
are dedicated to Vithala, a form of Vishnu or Krishna. 
are also days for worshipping Buddh and Guru.
every home worships Lakshmi and Tulsi.

are for Saturn (Shani). It is also known as Shravan Saturdays
with the object of object of obtaining wealth. 

These days are known as Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays).
are meant worshipping the Sun god.
Sun worship was general in the Vedic period and even now it is
so.  Especially in Shravan,  every Sunday the Sun is worshipped
without fail.
Festivals in Shravan Month

During this month people practice many rules and regulations

while praying and also fast.  

Shravan has a special importance as it ushers in a host

of auspicious days and festivals like:

Hindola or Swinging
Narali Purnima
Shravani Purnima

Raksha Bandhan Vara Lakshmi Vrata
 Rishi Panchami

Govatsa and Bahula
Sitala Saptami


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