Importance Of Bol Bam Shravani Mela and It's Significance
Shivaratri falls while Shravana month is known as Sawan Shivaratri or Shravana Shivratri.
In 2016, Shravani Mela begins on July 20 and ends on August 18. Thousands of Shiva devotees from India, Nepal and from other countries around the world undertake a pilgrimage from Sultanganj to Baba Baidyanath Temple.
In this month, a special pilgrimage that is famous as Kanwar Yatra or Kavad yatra takes place. In this yatra, devotees of Shiva, known as Kanvarias, devotees visit Hindu places such as Haridwar, Gaumukh, and Gangotri, Uttarakhand and Sultanganj in Bihar to fetch holy water of Ganges River.
Here are 5 things to know about the Shravani Mela festival:
1. The months of Shravan (July to August) is considered a favorable period to worship Shiva in the form of Pashupatinath.
2. Water from the Ganges river is taken and pilgrims walk unshod in saffron robes for 105 km. The pilgrims are known as Kanwariyas.
3. In Hindu, devotees give their devotion to Lord Shiva and queue in line to offer worship and prayers. Devotees offer Bel leaves and water to Shiva lingam.
4. According to the Hindu mythology, those who perform Monday fasting is blessed with happiness. His all the desires are fulfilled. Donation and charity made on this day, it is equivalent to visiting Jyotirlinga.
5. Once the pilgrims reach their hometown, the Ganges water is used to bathe the Shiva Lingam on the Amavasya day in Shravan month or on the Maha Shivaratri day.