Shravan Month 2018 Importance
Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Mahina, is dedicated to Hindu god Shiva. Shravan Mahina is from July 28 to August 26 in this year 2018 in North Indian Hindu calendar for states such as for Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar. According to Telugu, Kannada, Marathi & Gujarati calendars, or for states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Goa and Tamil Nadu, Shravan Maas 2018 is from Aug 12 to September 09. Special abhishek, prayers and rituals are performed with devotion in temples of Lord Shiva. In this month of Sawan, Kanwarias collect the water of Ganga River or Gangajal, and take away with them walking on foot to their homes and pour the holy water on Shivling.
Importance & Significance of Sawan Month
Sawan month also called as ‘Nabhas’. On the day of Shravan Purnima or the full moon day in Shravana maas, also comes the Shravana nakshatra (Nakshatra of God Sri Maha Vishnu), thus this full month is known as Shravana masam. This is one of the main reason Sravan month is important and auspicious for the Hindus.
Worshipping Shiva Parvati on Somvar or Mondays or observing a vrat/fast in the Sawan month is considered highly auspicious. There is also a legend that goes regarding Shravan Maas, Sati, the daughter of Daksh sacrificed her life and vowed that she would marry Lord Shiva in every birth she takes and when she was born as Devi Parvati to parents Himalaya and Maina, Parvati started fasting in this month of Sawan since her young age. Shiva was impressed with the devotion of Parvati and thus fasting in this Sawan month has a great significance.
Samudra Manthan in Shravan Mahina
It is during this period of shravan maas that Lord Shiva drank poison that came out during the churning of ocean and saved the world. This churning of ocean was popularly called "Samdura Manthan" in Hindi and all the Hindu gods and goddesses were witness to this Samudra Manthan and subsequent act of drinking poison by Shiva. This is one of the reasons that ganga -jal or water is offered to the Shivling to remove the ill-effects of poison.
Importance of Shravan Month is also due to the fact that the three other days are also considered auspicious- the Shravana Mangalvar (Tuesdays in Shravan month), Shravana Shukravar (Fridays in Shravan month) and Shravana Shanivar (Saturdays in Shravan month). Newly married brides observe Mangala Gauri Vrata on Tuesdays in the month of Shravan to get away from bad and negative omens. Shravana Shukravar Vrat (Varalakshmi Vratam) is observed by married women on Fridays in the month of Sawan. Saturdays in the month of Sawan, Lord Sri Maha Vishnu or Lord Venkatesha or (Lord Balaji) is worshipped.
Shivji is worshipped by offering Gangajal, Bilva leaves, Dhatura, Bhang leaves, fruits to the Shivling and people observe fast on every Monday that come during Shravan Puja. The fast is known as Saawan Somwaar Vrata. Some people prefer to eat only vegetarian foods and some people read Holy Scriptures of Shiva like ShivaPuran.
Famous Shiva temples like Shiva Deoghar Baidhyanath Dham, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain is visited by lakhs of Hindus from all over the world in the month of Sawan.
Shravan Mahina is one of the first Hindu sacred months of four holiest months of Chatur Mas. Tuesdays are dedicated to the worship of Mangala Gouri Puja and Saturdays for worship of Lord Shani.in the Shravan Month. Sawan maas is highly auspicious for good karmas. Grihpravesh in the sawan month has high significance as well as persons born in the sawan maas are also considered lucky like Lord Jagannath, Sri Krishna, Lord Hayagriva etc.
Shravan Pournami or Sharavan Purnima is also celebrated in some parts of the country as Jandhyala Pournami. In North India, Sawan Purnima is celebrated as Raksha bandhan. Worshipping of Sri Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi is also auspicious in the Shravan month.