Importance of Sravan Month and Suggested Pujas
In the Hindu calendar, the month of July-August is popularly known as Shravan Maas or Sravan. The beginning month of Hindu is Chaitra, dedicated to Shiv Ji and Sravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calendar dedicated to Shiv Ji. Sravan is one of the holiest and blessed months for Hindus.
According to old Hindu traditions, it is believed that praying to Shiv Ji during the Sravan month is 108 times more effective and powerful than praying at any other time in the year.
Importance of Shravan Month
Devotees worldwide observe fasts and offer prayers to Shiv Ji in this holy month of Sravan. During this time, Shiv Ji drank the venomous halahala that emanated from Samudra Manthan. The Samudra Manthan happened between the Devas and Asuras to attain the Nectar or Amrit. During the Manthan, the ocean gave many valuables such as conch, the Moon, gemstones, Goddesses, etc., which were divided among the Devas and Asuras.
However, the ocean also gave the deadliest poison called Halahala, which could have destroyed the whole universe. At this time, Shiv Ji came forward and decided to drink every inch of Halahala to save the world. Parvati, his wife, held Shiv Ji’s throat so that Halahala could not go down, resulting in his throat turning blue. Due to the blue throat, Shiv Ji is also known as Neelkanth.
Poojas during Shravan Month
One of the divine qualities of Shiv Ji is Rudra, the furious one. This form of Shiv Ji comes when he performs his cosmic dance Tandav. Abhishek means a way of worship offered to the divine to cleanse all the misgivings, immoralities of the worshiper.
To perform the Rudra Abhishek, one should offer Dhatura, Bilva Patra, Panchamrit, and other sacred items to Shiv Ji. The Rudra Abhishek purifies the worshipper’s mind and body. Moreover, it also offers peace and happiness, fulfills the worshiper’s desires, and enlightens their soul.
Chanting Mahamrityunjay Mantra
Om tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ pushtivardhanam ।
urvārukamiva bandhanān mrityormukshīya mā’mratāt ।।
‘’Om! We worship the three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As the ripened cucumber, may He liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.’’
Chant the Mahamrityunjay mantra once a day using a Rudraksha rosary 108 times in the morning or evening to please Shiv Ji in the holy month of Sravan. Every Monday, give milk and bilva Patra to the shivling to attain immense happiness and inner peace.