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Shravan/Sawan : The month of July.

Introduction:

Sawan – Month Of Gods . This year 2023, Sawan-known as the month of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati will start from July 4 to August 31. This year (2023) Shravan will extend upto two months after almost two decades. It will be known as ‘Malamas’ month – an addition to the month in Hindu calendar.

We have four Mondays and four Tuesdays normally but this 2023 it will have Eight Mondays and Eight Tuesdays. Each Mondays (Shravan-Somvar) will be dedicated to Lord Shiva, while all Tuesdays will be for Goddess Parvati. People fast during these days in the devoutness of God.

According to Hindu calendar, Shravan Month is the holiest Month.

•History of Shravan month:

To thank Lord Shiva many Peoples keep Shravan Somvar fast (vrat). According to some resources it is believed that during the Samudra Manthan, God Shiva has drunk poison to get Amrit for saving the world. As the pain was high, goddess Parvati held his neck and stopped the poison and saved him from the pain. Nilkanth (Shiva’s Another Name) – which means blue neck bearer, the main reason behind the name of Lord Shiva as Nilkanth was this!

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•Significance of the month:

Many consider the month of shravan as their favourite, devoted to Lord Shiva. In ancient times, when doing vrats people used to bring Ganga water from the river to heal his wounds. This was the madness of people for the Lord Shiva.

People often visit Shiva temple to offer him milk, bael leaves, flowers and mostly holy water. Lord Shiva blesses them with happiness, health, wealth, prosperity and he fulfils all the wishes of the devotees those who keep shravan somvar vrats, as suggested by many.

•Why is Shravan Month celebrated?

People believe Shravan Month as the Month of God. This Month is full of festivals and represents the arrival of Monsoon Season.

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•Festivals observed during this month?

  1. Krishna Janmashtami: the day when the God shree Krishna was born, which is the 23rd day of the month shravan.
  2. Raksha-bandhan: This festival shows the heart bond between brothers and sisters celebrated on Purnima (full moon) & also considered the bond of heart and soul between siblings.
  3. Nariyal Purnima: People of Maharashtra celebrate this fishing season by offering a coconut to calm down the waves, as suggested by culture.
  4. Pola: This is a festival of Thanksgiving, celebrated by farmers in the districts of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. To show their gratitude, people decorate bulls ( on their horns) and oxens (tie new bells), which are a vital part of the festival.
  5. Nag panchmi
  6. Basava panchmi
  7. Avani avittam
  8. Pavitra ekadashi
  9. Shravani mela and many more..

•Shlokas:

ॐ नमः शिवाय।।

This means,  I bow to Shiva.

ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्र: प्रचोदयात्।।

This means,I pray to the mightiest of the Gods, the ideal purush Mahadev.

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