One of the most sacred and holy month for Hindus, Shravan has finally arrived. Shrawan is the 5th month of Hindu calendar that lies between July and August of the English calendar. This month is special to Lord Shiva. Hindu people have a strong belief that it is easier to impress Lord Shiva during this month.
Mondays are the holiest day in Shravan
This entire month is an extensive religious period, Mondays are even more special. This is because Mondays are the favorite day of Lord Shiva. During Shravan, many people perform Pujas around the temples of Lord Shiva. They tend to observe fast either for the entire month or at least every Monday of the month. There are many beliefs in worshiping Lord Shiva in Shravan.
Goddess Parwati worshiped Lord Shiva during the entire month of Shravan. It is to please Lord Shiva, to have him as her husband. Lord Shiva fulfilled her wish after the prayer of Parwati. Thus, married women fast on Mondays of Shravan for the longevity of their husbands. The unmarried girls also fast, wishing for attainment of good spouses.
Pashupatinath temple is the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva. To worship Lord Shiva, many people visit this temple in Shrawan. Many devotees from Nepal and other countries visit Pashupatinath to worship Lord Shiva. They stay in queue since early morning, especially on Monday due to the massive crowd. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the temple is not open for devotees this year.
The significance of Lord Shiva in Shravan relates to the Samudra Manthan. The Gods and Aasurs went for the churning of the milky ocean (Samudra Manthan) in search of Amrit. While doing so, 14 different rubies emerged from the ocean. Even though Gods and Aasurs divide 13 rubies among gods and Aasur, 14th one was the deadliest poison. So, Lord Shiva drank and stored the poison in his throat. His throat turned blue, and hence named as Neelkantha as his throat turned blue due to the poison. To reduce the effect of poison, he wore a crescent moon on his head. Also, all the Devas started offering water from the holy river of Ganga. As these events took place in the Shravan Maas, Shravan holds a special place for Hindus.
Green-Yellow Bangles and Mehendi
Shravan holds a special significance for women. They not only worship Lord Shiva, but manifest their devotion to Lord Shiva. By applying henna on their hands and wearing green-yellow bangles. The henna and bangles signifies prosperity and their husbands’ long life. But, this is not only limited to devotion. Women across the country celebrate womanhood in full swing during this month.
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