Shravan Mas: The Auspicious Month of Lord Shiva
The month of Shravan, also known as Sawan month, is considered to be one of the most auspicious months in the Hindu calendar. This month falls during the monsoon season in India, and it is believed that Lord Shiva, the destroyer of evil, is in a meditative state during this time. Therefore, devotees observe this month with great devotion, fasting, and prayers to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva.
During Shravan Mas, many Hindus undertake Kanwar Yatra, a pilgrimage to Haridwar, Gangotri, and other holy places to fetch the holy water of river Ganges. They carry the holy water back to their homes and offer it to Lord Shiva by pouring it on Shiva Linga, a symbol of Lord Shiva. The holy water is believed to cleanse the soul and bring good luck and prosperity.
Another common practice during Shravan Mas is fasting. Devotees fast on Mondays and break their fast in the evening after offering prayers to Lord Shiva. Some people also observe a strict vegetarian diet during the month to purify their mind and body.
Apart from fasting and pilgrimage, many devotees also chant the Rudra mantra and perform special pujas and abhishekams (ceremonial bathing of the deity) during this month. It is believed that such practices help in removing negative energies and bringing peace and harmony.
In conclusion, the month of Shravan is an auspicious month for Hindus worldwide, and it is observed with great devotion and fervor. It is a time to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, purify the mind and body, and bring prosperity and good luck. So, let us all celebrate this holy month with devotion and offer our prayers to Lord Shiva.