Sawan, also known as Shravan, is the fifth month of the Hindu Solar Calendar. It is important because it marks the beginning of Chaturmas–a sacred period of four months- Shravan, Bhadrapada, Ashwin, and Karthik.
During this time of year, Lord Shiva is worshipped every day according to Vedic rituals. One of the most vital parts of Shiv puja during Shravan is worshipping him in the form of a Lingam.
But what makes Shravan auspicious and significant and why do Hindus believe Lord Shiva to be omnipresent in this time frame and thus pray for his blessings throughout this period? The answer lies in the historic event of Samudra Manthan!
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The Churning of The Ocean & Emergence of Neelkantha
According to Hindu mythology, the historic Samudra Manthan, the churning of the ocean milk, was done in the month of Shravan. And while Gods and Demons were churning the ocean to obtain the nectar, along with 14 pious things, Halahal, the lethal poison, came out of the ocean. And since the poison had the ability to destroy everything, Lord Shiva stored the poison in his throat, which turned his throat blue, that’s how he earned the name Neelkanth. And in a bid to tame the strong impact of poison and soothe Shiva’s pain, Gods offered him the holy water from the Ganges. It is believed by offering water to shiv lingam, the impact of poison is tamed. That is why offering water to Shiva Lingam in Shravan is considered pious.
It is believed that during the month of Shravan, all cosmic energies are charged with Shiva tattvas (Shiva elements) – these cleansing energies give peace to one’s mind, senses, body, and soul. Through the various rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva; an individual can set out on a journey to control his or her own five tattvas.
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Shiv Shakti- A Manifestation of Inner Balance
This spiritual month is revered for its dedication to Lord Shiva – the god of power and prosperity along with his wife Goddess Parvati who embodies the cosmic creative force (Shakti). They work together to bring creative destruction all for the sole purpose of transformation, transmutation, and growth.
Practicing rejuvenating rituals during Shravan not only leads to an abundant life but also relieves us of the overwhelmingly negative energies that surround us. Not only that, fasting during this auspicious month holds great significance. Devotees are blessed with happiness and prosperity along with the pleasures of the world.
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