Sunday, 19 July 2020

Importence of Shravan month

While celebrating Shravan month it is a good idea to know the legend associated with it. Legend has it that, to please the Goddess of wealth Mahalakshmi, the gods and demons churned the ocean and decided that whatever comes out would be divided equally between them. Fourteen different items came out of the ocean, of which thirteen were the most rarest of rare Rubies but one among them was the most deadliest poison called Halahal. Nobody was ready to take this item and this brought panic and chaos among the gods and demons. So to put an end to this situation Lord Shiva drank the poison. Lord Shiva has stored this poison in his throat, which became blue. Hence, Lord Shiva earned the name Neelkanth. Lord Shiva gave life to everyone in this world by drinking the destructive poison, this is why this entire month is dedicated to him and is considered very auspicious. The impact of this poison was so strong that Lord Shiva had to wear a crescent moon of his head and all the Devatas or Gods started offering him the holy water from the river Ganges, so that poison is tamed. As these events took place during this month that is why this Shravan month is considered most auspicious. 
Since this event was held in the month of Shravan, the whole month is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Prayers and pujas are offered at temples. Wearing a rudraksha is considered very auspicious. During monsoon the Hindu community in the regions of Goa, Maharashtra, Karnataka choose to go vegetarian.
On Full Moon Day (Punam or Purninma), the divine firmament (sky) is under the celestial sovereignty of Shravan Nakshtra (one of twenty seven Nakshatras). Therefore it is called Shravan. Each day during this month is auspicious for worshipping Lord Shiva. Prayers and Vedic rituals are performed in Lord Shiva's  temples in order to please Him. Shravan Maas is also a holy month filled with other festivals such as Naga-Panchami, Govatsa, Shravani Purnima , Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Raksha Bandhan, Kalkyavatara and Putradaikadashi.
Northern states such as Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and others celebrate fifteen days before the southern states celebrate.
Since it is the most auspicious period, one can take advantage of it by performing Shravan Maas Shiva Puja. During this month, the Bhrahmand (Univerce) is super charged with Shiva tattvas (Shiva elements) that purify the mind, the senses, the body and the self (Soul) through the rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva. Following pujas can be performed under qualified Brahmins.

Devotional activities take place such as worship, Sadhanas, meditaion or bhajans at home or in Shiva's temples. People visit Shiva temples during this month. Each day of this month carries spiritual significance

Shravan maas is also important as three days are also considered highly auspicious, the Shravan Mangalvar or Tuesdays in this month, Shravan Shukrawar or Fridays during this month, and Shravana  Shaniwar of Saturdays during this month. Newly married girls, also perform the Mangala Gauri Vrata on Tuesdays during this Sawan month to avoid bad and negative omens. On Shravan Shukrawar or Fridays of this Shravan month, Varalakshmi Vratam is observed by married ladies and during Saturdays or Shravan Shaniwar Lord Vishnu also known as Lord Balaji or Lord Venkatesh is worshipped by devotees.
Shravan maas is related  with religious festivals and events. It is thus considered a very auspicious time for conducting any Lord Shiva Puja or other religious ceremonies, and all days of this Shravan month are considered very prosperous for beginning any new work or Shubh aarambh. All Mondays in Shravan month are celebrated in Lord Shiva temples. A Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night. Lord Shiva devotees then offer Bilva patra(leave), holy water and milk and flowers. Devotees fast until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns throughout this time.

Shiv Panchakshari Stotram

Aum namah shivaya shivaya namah aum
Aum namah shivaya shivaya namah aum

nagendraharaya trilochanaya,
bhasmangaragaya mahesvaraya,
nityaya suddhaya digambaraya,
tasmai na karaya namah shivaya.

mandakini salila chandana charchitaya,
nandisvara pramathanatha mahesvaraya,
mandara pushpa bahupushpa supujitaya,
tasmai ma karaya namah shivaya.

shivaya gauri vadanabja brnda,
suryaya dakshadhvara nashakaya,
sri nilakanthaya Vrshadhvajaya,
tasmai shi karaya namah shivaya.

vashistha kumbhodbhava gautamarya,
munindra devarchita shekharaya,
chandrarka vaishvanara lochanaya,
tasmai va karaya namah shivaya.

yagna svarupaya jatadharaya,
pinaka hastaya sanatanaya,
divyaya devaya digambaraya,
tasmai ya karaya namah shivaya.

नागेन्द्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय
भस्माङ्गरागाय महेश्वराय ।
नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै नकाराय नमः शिवाय

नन्दीश्वरप्रमथनाथमहेश्वराय ।
तस्मै मकाराय नमः शिवाय

शिवाय गौरीवदनाब्जबृंदा
सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय ।
श्रीनीलकण्ठाय वृषध्वजाय
तस्मै शिकाराय नमः शिवाय

वशिष्ठकुम्भोद्भवगौतमार्यमूनीन्द्र देवार्चिता शेखराय ।
तस्मै वकाराय नमः शिवाय

यज्ञस्वरूपाय जटाधराय
पिनाकहस्ताय सनातनाय ।
दिव्याय देवाय दिगम्बराय
तस्मै यकाराय नमः शिवाय

पञ्चाक्षरमिदं पुण्यं यः पठेच्छिवसंनिधौ ।
शिवलोकमावाप्नोति शिवेन सह मोदते

Har Har Mahadev

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