According to the Hindu calendar, Shravan Month is one of the most sacred months of the year. In the Hindu calendar, it is the fifth month. In this context, let’s have a look at the mythological significance of this month.
How come this month is called Shravan, though?
The Shravan Nakshatra, or star, is thought to rule the skies on Poornima, a full moon day, or at any other time during this month. As a result, this month gets its name from this nakshatra.
How it is celebrated?
At the Shravan month festival, worshippers offer Shiva linga patram-pushpam and falam-toyam. The month of Shravan is known for its lucky celebrations and occasions. Due to the fact that practically every day of this month is auspicious for a bright start, it is the greatest time to conduct crucial religious events. The main god of Shravan Maas is lord Shiva.
Every Monday during this month is observed as Shravan Somvar in all temples, with the Dharanatra hanging over the Shiva linga to bathe it in holy water and milk from the morning until the evening. On every Monday, devotees present Lord Shiva Bael leaves, flowers, holy water, and milk, also known as Falam-Toyam and Pushpam-Patram. They abstain from food until after sunset, when the Akhand Diya, the Nandadeep, burns continuously.
The significance of Lord Shiva during the month of Shravan
The Indra Manthan is, according to the Puranas, an extremely significant episode. During the month of Shravan, the Samudra Manthan, or the churning of the milky ocean in quest of the amrit, took place. 14 distinct rubies were pulled from the ocean during the churning. The devas and asuras each received 13 rubies, but Halahal, the 14th ruby, was left unaltered because it contained the most lethal poison capable of wiping out the entire cosmos and every living thing. Lord Shiva ingested the poison from the Halahal and kept it in his throat. His throat grew blue as a result of the poison’s effects, earning him the name Neelkantha.
The symptoms of the poison were so severe that Lord Shiva began to wear a crescent moon on his head, and all the devas began to give Lord Shiva water from the sacred Ganges River in an effort to lessen their effects. Given that both of these occurrences occurred during Shravan Maas, it is regarded as extremely auspicious to serve Lord Shiva pure Ganga water during this month.