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Importance of Shravan Mahina - Spiritual Significance of Sawan Month



Shravan Mahina, or Sawan Month, in the Hindi calendar is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is of great importance. In 2017, Shravan Mahina is from July 20 to August 7 in traditional Hindu calendar followed in North India and is of great spiritual significance. Special prayers and rituals are performed in Lord Shiva temples and in sacred places associated with Siva. Kanwarias travel to the origin of Ganga River to collect holy water, or Gangajal, to bath the Shivling at their homes or in villages. Somvar or Mondays in the month is considered highly auspicious for the worship of Lord Shiva.

In Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka, Shravan month begins on July 24, 2017 and ends on August 21.


Important Days and Activities in the Month
Shravan Somvar Vrat
Kavad Yatra
Mangala Gauri Puja
Shravan Shivratri
Shravan Purnima
Yatras to Shiva Temples

It is believed that Lord Shiva to save the world drank the poison ‘halahala’ that came out during the Samdura Manthan or churning of ocean. It is said that the gods in Hindu pantheon assembled to witness this holy act of Shiva. Water from Ganga is offered to cool Lord Shiva and to alleviate the ill effects of the poison.

The main Shravan Puja is the worship of Shivling with Gangajal, Bilva leaves or pure water. Some people observe fast on Mondays. Many people observe different vows during the month like having only vegetarian food, or reading a particular Holy Scripture on all days of the month.

Shiva temples across North India have special poojas in this month. Deoghar Baidhyanath Dham and Kashi Vishwanath Temple is visited by millions of Hindus in the month of Sawan.

Shravan Mahina is also the first month of Chatur Mas – the four holiest months in Hindu Hindi Calendar.

Another unique feature is the strict observance of Sawan Somwar Vrata. Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Mondays in Shravan Mahina are even more auspicious.

Mangala Gouri Puja is performed on Tuesdays in Shravan Month.

Saturdays in Shravan month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shani.

Millions of devotees visit the Baba Baidyanath Dham in Deoghar and offer Ganga water collected from Sultanganj as Abhishek on the Shivling at the Deoghar Temple. This is the period of the Shravani mela at the temple.

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