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Shravan Month and Shiva – Why Shravan Month is dedicated to Shiva?

Shravan Month (July – August) in Hindu calendars is dedicated to Shiva. Here are the reasons why Shravan month is dedicated to Shiva. The main rituals in the month include bathing Shivling with water and observing Shravan somvar vrat. 

1)    Shiva saved the earth and living beings by drinking Halahala poison in the Shravan month. Halahala poison appeared during the Churning of Ocean or Samudra Manthan. People observe various vrats and bath Shivling with water in memory of this divine event.

2)     Young Markandeya was saved from Yama by Shiva in Shravan month. Markandeya was destined to die on his 16th birthday. When Yama arrives to take him away, he hugs on to a Shivling. Shiva then appears and saves Markandeya.

3)     Shiva is believed to have narrated the glory of Amarnath Pilgrimage in this month to Goddess Parvati.

4)     Shiva gives darshan to devotees as Baba Barfani in Amarnath Cave in this month.