Heard of Sawan Ka Mahina? Nope I aint talking about the popular song from Lata Mangeshkar and Mukesk Da, yes, the one featuring Nutan and Sunil Dutt.
I am indicating towards the holiest and auspicious month in the Hindu Calendar! Yes, it started today. Shravan month or Sawan is considered as one of the divinest calendar months in the year according to the Hindu Calendar. Typically, this month is the 5th calendar month according to the Hindu year calendar.
But Then, Why Is It Called Sawan Or Shravan?
This is because it is considered that on a complete moon day (Poornima as many calls it), or, at any point in time during this auspicious month the star rules the skies i.e Shravana Nahshtra. This is exactly from where this month derived its name.
Shubh Arambh – The month of festivals and events
People believe this month is very auspicious, this is exactly why it is tantamount with auspicious events and festivals. Since most of the days of the month are auspicious for a good start – i.e. Subh Arambh – people believe this is the finest time to perform all important religious ceremonials.
Lord Shiva is the ruling deity of the Shravan maas. During this month, every Monday i.e. Somvar as called in Hindi is marked as Sawan Ka Somvar across shrines with the “Dharanatra” hovering over the Shiv ling. Lord Shiva is given bath with sacred water and milk throughout the day until the night.
Disciples across the country offer Bael Patta (Leaves), flowers, milk, and holy water to the Lord. It is also called Dalam-Toyam, Pushpam-Patram on every single Monday of this this month. Many devotees also fast till the sun sets on the very auspicious Mondays of this month.
Sawan Mahina – The Importance Of Lord Shiva
According to the Puranas, Samudra Manthan is considered one of the most important episodes. The stirring of the sea i.e. Samudra Manthan in hunt of the amrit had taken place in the auspicious month of Sawan. During this churning, fourteen diverse rubies had emerged from the ocean. Out of these 14, 13 rubies were split up between the asuras and the devas. But the fourteenth ruby i.e. Halahal which was extreme and had the power to destroy the world was left untouched. Lord Shiva gulped the venomous ruby and stockpiled the venom in this throat. The poison in Halahal turned Shiva’s throat blue – therefore he is called Neelkantha.
The effect of the toxin on the lord was huge. Lord wore a crescent shaped moon over his head and the devas offered water from the sacred Ganges river to the Lord to lessen the impacts of the poison. These legendary events had taken places in the Sawan month; hence it is believed very opportune to offer holy water to the Lord in this month.
The Rituals Followed During The Sawan (Shravan) Moth
- Devotees offer water and milk to the Lord to earn lots of good ‘Punyas’.
- During the Japas, devotees wear Rudraksha
- Another important thing offered it Lord Shiva is Bhibhuti. Devotees smear bhibhuti on their forehead too.
- Bael Leaves are offered to Shiva Linga, along with this Panchamrit i.e a holy concoction of milk, butter, curd, honey, ghee, and jaggery.
- Devotees should do routine aarti of Lord Shiva and hymn the Shiva Chalisa
- Devotees should chant Mahamritunjay Jaap Mantra which is also considered auspicious.
- Devotees must observe fast for all the Sawan Somvars i.e. Monday. It is believed young woman who fast get great life partners like Lord Shiva.
So, this was all about Sharavan Month and the rituals and beliefs. We hope this auspicious month brings lots of happiness and good health for you and your family members.