Shravan Month 2020: Importance, Meaning, and Shiva Puja
By: Future Point | 16-Jul-2019Views : 10908
Shravan is the fifth month in the Hindu Calendar. It comes after the Ashadha month. Shravan month is considered as the most important period for Hindus and they consider it to be the holiest month of the year. Every day in this month holds its own importance and is considered to be auspicious. The belief is that one can win the special grace of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu during this month. Shravan month holds great importance for devotees of Lord Shiva.
Shravan Maas 2020 Date is from the 06th of July to the 03th of August 2020.
Significance of Sawan Maas
Many might be wondering that why is Sawan month 2020 important? The word “Shiva” means Kalyana or welfare. Lord Shiva is the main god in the worship of Panchadev. Pushpadant has very well explained the glory of Lord Shiva in Shiva Mahima Stotra. It is considered that Lord Shiva has come to acquire the role of creator, preserver, and destroyer of this Mundane world. Shiva is the cause of the existence of every living being. This is considered as the most sacred and auspicious month for worshipping to Lord Shiva. The Shravan Month Importance is not only limited to this. But it is the most auspicious and sacred month for performing any type of religious activity.
The Legend Behind Shravan Month
- The “Samundra Manthan” is a really important episode as per the Puranas. It took place in the month of Shravan and it is said that 14 rubies appeared from the ocean. 13 of them were distributed by the asuras and devas, however, one ruby was left. The remaining ruby was considered as the deadliest poison which could destroy the whole world and every living being. Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored it in his throat. Due to the impact of the poison, his throat went blue and he was called as Neelkantha. Such was the impact of the poison that Lord Shiva wore a crescent moon on his head and all the devas started offering water from the holy river of the Ganges to reduce the effects of the poison.
- Another story of the Shravan month goes that the daughter of Daksh had sacrificed her life and was reborn as Parvati in the home of Himalaya King. Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva and it was the reason that she was observing Penance in the Himalayas during the Shravan month. Lord Shiva was impressed with the devotion of Parvati and he fulfilled her wish. Lord Shiva loves the month of Shravana because he was reunited with his wife during this period. During this month Shivling is worshipped and people pray to Lord Shiva for the entire night. All this is done to appease Mahadev and any act which violates the religious principles is strictly prohibited during this month.
The Importance of the Shravan Monday
Monday is represented by the moon which in turn symbolizes the mind. Moon is placed in Shiva’s head and he is considered to be the mind of the spiritual aspirant and devotees. That is the reason Lord Shiva is specially worshipped on Monday. If a person worships Shivlinga on a Shravan Monday, he/she is expected to get the special grace of Lord Shiva.
How to Worship
The list of the materials that would be required for Shravan Maas Shiva Puja is:
- Akshat(Uncooked Rice)
- Panchamrut (made of milk, curd, honey, ghee, and sugar)
- Nadachari(colorful thread)
- Incense stick
While worshipping Lord Shiva, one should be seated facing the east direction. Thereafter, one should take some water in the right hand and a wish should be made. Then you should meditate on Lord Shiva, along with pouring some Gangajal on the shivling. Then the Panchamrut should be poured upon the Shivling along with the recitation of the mantra “Om Namah Shivaay”. Then, one should pour water on the Shivling and offer Akshat to it. Thereafter place the sacred thread and Bel Patra along with the shivling. Light the incense stick and offer sweets to the lord. One should always ask for forgiveness for the wrong deeds that they have performed.
Benefits of Worshipping Lord Shiva during Shravana
Here are some of the benefits that you will get when you worship Lord Shiva:
- Performing Abhishekh will clean up one’s souls and will help to be free from our Past Karmas.
- It is believed that bathing with the scented water will bless one with a son.
- Offering Lord Shiva’s idol with Naivaidya will increase one’s life’s longevity.
- If a person lights a Diya before his idol, he/she is blessed with immense knowledge.
- Offering Beetel leaves to the Lord will grant a person with ample amount of food.
- If a person bathes the Shiva’s idol with the milk, we get immense peace of mind.
- It is believed that if one performs his Abhishek with curd, he/she will get a good fortune in terms of vehicles.
- If his Abhishek is performed with ghee or sugar cane water one is blessed with wealth and happiness.
- Bathing his Idol in the Darbh water will solve all the problems of the person.
- Bathing his idol with Gangajal will help one to attain Moksha.
- Offering Bhaang to him will provide one with victory and your desired wish will be fulfilled.
Shravan is the month of rains and it is also considered as the rain of the festivals. There are various festivals which are celebrated during the Shravan such as Somvati Amavasya, Nag Panchami, Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, etc.Shravan marks as the most important month in the Hindu calendar. It must be celebrated in the right spirit. Shravan is the time to thank almighty for whatever he has given to us and for acting as a protector of the universe. One must devote himself completely to Lord Shiva.