Amazing Facts About Hindu Calendar Month Sawan Maas or Shravan Month
Hello Lovely People, Today, we are here with a new blog related to Hindu Calendar Month ‘Sawan Maas’ or ‘Shravan Month’. The 5th month of the Hindu calendar is known as Sawan or Shravan. This month falls in between July and August. In 2016, the Shravan month has been starting from 20th July and will continue till 18th August. In Tamil scriptures, this month is known by the name ‘Avani’. According to Vedic Astrology, when the sun enters the zodiac, Leo, the Sawan Maas is said to bet set in.
Northern Indian states like Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh celebrates fifteen days before the southern states.
Significance of Shravan Month
The people observe austerities, fasts, and prayers during the holy month of Sawan. This is the auspicious time when Lord Shiva drunk the poison ‘Halahala’ that came out from Samudra Manthan between the Devas and Asuras for the quest of the ambrosia. At the time of Manthan, the ocean produced lots of valuables such as gemstones, Goddesses riches, cows, bows, the Moon, conch etc. Which was taken by demons and Gods? The gems which were emerging from the ocean were fourteen in number and divided by them. When the Ocean produced the murderous poison called Halahala, It was one of the assests of SamudraManthan, a poison that could end the universe but was consumed by Lord Shiva to save the universe from destruction
which was too dangerous to destroy the universe and Lord Shiva decided to drink it to save the world. His wife saw him taking Halahala, she at once held His throat so that the poison wouldn’t go down. Ergo, His throat turned blue and He was called 'Neelkantha'.
Spiritual Activities During Shravan Month
In the month of Shravan, Various spiritual activities are performed like Pujas, Sadhanas, meditation or Bhajans at homes or in Shiva temples. During this month, each day has its own spiritual significance like.
- Monday: is the day to worship Lord Shiva.
- Friday: for worshiping Lakshmi and Tulsi.
- Sundays: are for the Sun god. Sun worship was common practice in the Vedic period and it is followed even now. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshiped.
Auspicious dates of Hindu festivals during Shravan Month 2016
- Madhushrava Tritiya – August 5
- Nag Panchami – August 7
- Kalki Jayanti - August 8
- Sheetala Saptami – August 10
- Varalakshmi Vrat – August 12
- Rig Shravani – August 18
- Narali Purnima and Raksha Bandhan – August 18
Important Things to do in Shravan Maas
As per Vedic Astrology, Shravan month is very auspicious in Hindu religion and You can engage various activities during this month that shows your devotion to Lord Shiva.
Rudra Abhishek And Homa:- The word Rudra refers to terribly infuriate, which is one of the divine qualities of Lord Shiva who displays it while performing His colossal dance, Tandava It is the divine and vigorous dance of Shiva. It represents the cycle of creation, preservation and destruction. Tandava is also of two types i.e., Rudra Tandava, which depicts his violent nature and Ananda Tandava, which depicts Shiva enjoying his dance. It is majorly performed in the states of South India, which has vigorous and brisk movements. According to scriptures, Shiva have performed Tandav many times but one of the most important incidence was when Sati jumped into the sacrificial fire and killed herself and Shiva performed Rudra Tandava to show his anger and grief.
for the annihilation of creations. Due to this special quality, Lord Shiva is called Rudra. Abhishek means a method of worship offered to Shiva for cleansing all the misgivings, sins of the devotees.
Rudra Abhishek and Homa purify the mind and body of devotees, offers peace, fulfills your desires and enlightens your soul.
You may chant the following Shiva Mantras during Rudraksha Abhishek or silently in mind. Chanting may be done at specified time with a specific number of counts (108 times or multiples of it) in the morning or evening times.
Om Namah Shibay||
“I am None other than Shiva who is the supreme reality. Na-Ma-Ha means None other than”
tryambaka? yajamahe sugandhi? pushtivardhanam ?
urvarukamiva bandhanan mrityormukshiya ma'mratat ??
“OM! We worship the Three-eyed Lord Who is fragrant and Who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber (without the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.”
Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe Mahadevaya Dhimahi
Tanno Rudrah Prachodayat?
“OM! Let me meditate on the great Purusha, Oh, greatest God, give me higher intellect, and let God Rudra illuminate my mind.”
Fasting For Lord Shiva On Mondays During Shravan Month
According to Shiva Purana, The person who observes the fast during Sawan month get special blessings of Shiva and their desires fulfilled. Shravan Somvar has great importance for the devotees of Lord Shiva.
Two Ways in which fast can be observed and they are:
- Austere Fast: In this fast, a person does not eat anything in an entire day except for drinking water. The fast is broken in the evening after sunset and regular food without onion and garlic is consumed.
- A Partial fast: In a partial fast person can eat fruits and permitted foods like Sabudana and nuts in the day and eat one time meal in the night.
Most of the time, the fast is broken after sunset, but in some cases, it continues till next day. Devotees worship of Lord Shiva and then consume normal food.
Another type of fasting is that you can keep a ‘Maun Vrat’ (Silence) on one whole day in this month and remember Shiva in your mind.
Advantages of Shravan Somvar Fasting During Savan Maas
- Devotees are blessed with spiritual bliss
- Improves physical and mental health
- Increases willpower and memory
- Women who fast on Shravan Mondays (Somvars) get their perfect husband
- Fasting removes obstacles by expelling negativity