Why Shravan So Special in Hinduism?
The Beauty and Significance of Shravan Month: India’s vibrant traditions and customs, the month of Shravan (or Sawan) shines brightly for devotion and reverence. As the fifth month in the Hindu calendar, Shravan holds a special place in the hearts of believers. Named after the prominent Shravan Nakshatra star, this month isn’t just a mere passage of time; it’s a period steeped in mythological tales, brimming with festive celebrations, and marked by profound spiritual significance. Join us as we delve into the heart of Shravan and uncover its rich significance and the timeless traditions associated with Lord Shiva.
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Why is Shravan (Sawan) So Special in Our Hindu Calendar?
Shravan (or Sawan) is a very special month in our Hindu calendar. It is the fifth month. But have you ever wondered why it is named Shravan? This month is named after the star called Shravan Nakshatra, which can be seen in the sky during this time, especially on a full moon night.
Shravan is full of festivals and religious events. This month is the best for starting good things (“shubh arambh”). The main god of this month is Lord Shiva. Every Monday of Shravan is celebrated as ‘Shravan Somvar’. On these Mondays, in temples, there’s a continuous shower of water and milk on the Shiva linga. People offer Bael leaves, flowers, water, and milk to Lord Shiva and keep fast till the evening.
Why is Lord Shiva So Important in Shravan Month?
There’s a famous story called Samudra Manthan, where the ocean was churned to get a special nectar called amrit. While doing this, 14 precious things came out. Out of them, one was a very dangerous poison. To save everyone, Lord Shiva drank this poison. Because of this, his throat turned blue, and people started calling him Neelkantha. To calm the effect of this poison, everyone started pouring Ganga water on him. This event took place in Shravan month. That’s why, in this month, it’s very special to offer Ganga water to Lord Shiva.
The Divine Connection
- Lord Shiva’s Prominence: Shravan is synonymous with Lord Shiva, one of Hinduism’s principal deities. Devotees believe that worshiping Shiva during this month is particularly auspicious. It’s said that Shiva’s cosmic energy is most accessible during Shravan, offering devotees a chance to gain his blessings more readily.
- Rituals and Fasting: Devotees engage in various rituals like fasting, offering prayers, and pouring water or milk on Shiva Lingams (representations of Lord Shiva). This ritual, known as ‘Rudra Abhishek’, is believed to appease Lord Shiva and bring prosperity and happiness.
- Mondays of Shravan (Shravan Somvar): Mondays, or Somvars, during Shravan hold special significance. They are dedicated to worshiping Lord Shiva, with many devotees observing fasts and participating in extended prayers.
- Nag Panchami: This festival, dedicated to the worship of snakes, falls in Shravan. Snakes are revered in Hinduism and are closely associated with Lord Shiva.
- Raksha Bandhan: Celebrated on the last day of Shravan, this festival celebrates the bond between brothers and sisters.
- Janmashtami: Often falling in Shravan, this festival celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, another key deity in Hinduism.
Symbolism and Beliefs
- Auspicious for New Beginnings: Many Hindus consider Shravan the perfect time for starting new ventures or spiritual activities.
- A Period of Purification: The emphasis on fasting, prayers, and rituals during Shravan is seen as a way of purifying the mind and body.
- Connection with Nature: The monsoon season brings a sense of renewal and rejuvenation, mirroring the spiritual renewal that believers seek during this month.
What to Do in Shravan Month?
- Many devotees of Lord Shiva wear Rudraksha beads in Shravan.
- On Mondays, which are very special during this month, offer milk to Lord Shiva for blessings.
- Put on some Bhibhuti (sacred ash) on your forehead.
- Give a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey, and jaggery (panchamrit) and bael leaves to Shiva linga.
- Read or listen to the Shiva chalisa and do the aarti.
- Reciting the Mahamritunjay mantra brings a lot of good luck.
- Keep a fast on all the Mondays of Shravan.
Shravan: A Blend of Divinity and Devotion
Shravan exemplifies the deep interconnection between nature, celestial movements, and spirituality in Hinduism. It’s a time when the heavens and the earth seem to align, creating a period rich in devotion, festivities, and spiritual growth. Whether it’s through fasting, prayers, or participating in festivals, Shravan provides a unique opportunity for devotees to deepen their faith, seek blessings, and celebrate the divine in all its glory.
Remember, Shravan is a month full of blessings. It’s a great time to remember Lord Shiva and ask for his protection and blessings.
May peace be with you. Shubham Bhavatu.