Shravan Maas is one of the holiest Hindu months and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the fifth month of the traditional Hindu lunar Calendar (Saka) & the first month of Chatur Maas – (the four holiest months in Hindu Calendar). On Purnima ‘Shravan’ nakshatra rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan.
When is it observed?
An auspicious period of Shravan month in 2014 begins from 13th July (Sunday) which is observed as the ‘first day of Shravan Month’,followed with “Sawan Somwar Vrat” on every Monday i.e.on 14th July, 21st July, 28th July, 4th August & ends on 10th Aug(Sunday).
Significance of Shravan Maas?
Shravana is very significant to the Shivaites due to the legend of samudra manthan associated with this month. The Chaturmaas Vrat, which is considered to be the most prominent fast, begins with this month and it ends in Kartik Maas. The Shravan Maas also brings various big Hindu festivals like Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami.
How to observe Shravan Maas?
Special prayers and rituals are performed in Lord Shiva temples on Mondays of Shravan maas. This month is spread out with innumerably religious festivals which are Naga-Panchami Kalkyavatara, Putradaikadashi, Shravani Purnima, Raksha Bandhan Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Rishi Panchami, Govatsa including Teej, Dashain ,Tihar & Hariyaali Amavasya. It is believed that unmarried women who wear henna (mehendi), green bangles and worship Shiva can have an ideal husband. Specially women take fasting on shrawan somwar (monday) with “Solah Shingaar” (Dressed as Bride) for the long and prosperous life for their husbands. Each day of this month is a very auspicious time to worship many deities, including Lord Shiva, Gowri, Krishna, Goddess Lakshmi & Shani.
Shravan Monday Fasting story – Brat Katha
Shravan somwar story is related to samundra manthan. In samundra manthan Shiva swallowed poison and saved all Gods and defeated demon. 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 cool Lord Shiva and to alleviate the ill effects of the poison. Since, this happened in the month of Shravana, since then the Shiva devotees offer the Ganges water, milk, & do the Abhisheks in this month.
Special Shravan Maas Pooja:
- Maha Rudrabhishek
- Swayamvara Parvati Puja
- Mangla Gauri Puja
- Naag Puja
- Kaal Sarp dosha nivaran
- Aghor Tantrik Anusthan on Shravan maas nights
Things To Do during Shravan Month/Shravan Maas:
- Wear Rudraksh around your neck or wrist
- Use a Rudraksh mala for Japa
- Offer Bhabhuti to Lord Shiva
- Make offerings of Bel leaves (Belpatra), Panchamrut (milk, yoghurt, clarified butter, honey and jaggery), sugarcane juice on Shiva Ling
- Recite Shiv Chalisa and Aarti
- Chant Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
- Start reading Shiv Puraan
Mantra for Shravan Maas Puja
The following mantra should be recited during offering Jal to Lord Shiva
Om varunasyottambhanamasi varunasya sakambh sarjjaneestho |
Varunasya ritsadanyasi varunasya ritsadanamasi varunasya ritsadanmaaseed ||
While offering Bela Leaves, following mantra should be recited.
Darshanam Bilvapatrasya Sparshanam Paapnaashanam |
Aghorpaapsanharam Bilvapatram Shivarpanam ||