Shravan Month Importance, Story and Rituals
The month of Shravan is the most auspicious month of the year. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are widely worshiped during the month of Shravan. The month of Shravan is considered to be the most beloved month of Lord Shiva. According to the Vedas, fasting and rituals should be followed in the month of Shravan. The Puranas recommend fasting, rituals, and religious rituals to overcome the difficulties of life. The month of Shravan is especially known for fasting and rituals.
Story of Shravan Month
According to Hindu scriptures, innumerable gems, Kamadhenu cow, and Airavat elephant came out of the ocean with poison at the time of churning of the ocean, but the demons and gods were shocked to see that poison because the poison had the power to destroy the whole world. Then Lord Shiva drank all the poison and kept it in his throat, which turned blue in color since then Lord Shiva is called Neelkanth. Lord Shiva had saved the whole world from this poison. The demons and deities started offering the holy water of the Ganga to Lord Shiva to reduce the dangerous effects of the poison. It is said that Ravana was a true devotee of Shiva. They brought Gangajal to Kanwar and with the same water, he consecrated the Shivling and then Lord Shiva got freedom from this poison. This incident happened during the month of Shravan, since then this month is known as Shravan month and is considered the holiest month of the year.
Significance of Shravan Month
People do religious and spiritual work during this month. Devotees observe fast every Monday in the month of Shravan and worship the Lord. There is a special law for worshiping Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan.
Shravan month is most dear to Lord Bholenath. There is a lot of tradition of fasting on Monday this month. Worshiping Lord Bholenath with Bilva leaves and offering water to him in the month of Shravan is considered very fruitful.
According to Shiva Purana, whoever observes a fast on Monday in this month, Lord Shiva fulfills all his wishes. In the month of Shravan, lakhs of devotees visit many religious places in India including Haridwar, Kashi, Ujjain, and Nashik to visit Jyotirling.
The month of Shravan also has a deep connection with nature because in this month the earth becomes green due to rain. After the summer, the rain this month brings great relief to the human community. Apart from this, many festivals are also celebrated in the month of Shravan.
Coconut Purnima is celebrated on the last day of Shravan month in the western coastal states of India (Maharashtra, Goa, and Gujarat).
In the holy month of Shravan, Kanvad Yatra is organized by Shiva devotees. During this, lakhs of Shiva devotees visit Shivnagari Haridwar and Gangotri Dham located in Devbhoomi Uttarakhand. They carry Kanwar's full of Ganga water from these pilgrimage sites on foot carrying them on their shoulders and later that Ganga water is offered to Shiva. The devotees who take part in this annual pilgrimage are called Kanwariyas or Kanwariyas.
According to mythological belief, it is said that when the ocean was churning between the gods and the demons, then 14 gems came out of that churning. One of those fourteen gems was Halahal poison, which was feared to destroy the universe. Then Lord Shiva drank that poison to protect the universe and did not allow it to come down from his throat. Due to the effect of poison, Mahadev's throat turned blue and that is why he was named Neelkanth.
Rituals of Shravan Month
Shiva devotees wake up early in the morning and take a bath with holy water and dress well. Go to the temple of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, light a lamp, and offer flowers and sweets. During this time it is good to recite Chalisa and Shravan's story. Worshiping Shivling is very important in the month of Shravan. First offer normal water, also offer Bilva leaves, and later make Panchamrit of milk, curd, honey, sugar, and ghee. Sweets should be offered to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
Lord Shiva is worshiped in this month only because of the very dear month of worshiping Lord Shiva in the month of Shravan. To know more about the importance and rituals of Shravan month, you can talk to astrologers.