Shravan Maas Rituals: Important Pujas to perform during shravan Month
Maas or Sawan Month
has a lot of significance and importance attached to itself and is very
auspicious in the Hindu calendar. It is
the one month truly dedicated to Lord
Shiva. Performing specific rituals during Shravan maas more auspicious and fruitful than any
other time of the year.
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Shravan Purnima or the full moon
day in the month of Shravan coincides with the Nakshatra or birth star of
Lord Vishnu or Shravan Nakshatra and is therefore called Shravan Maas or Shravan Month. In this Shravan month, each
Somvar or Monday is called Shravan Somvar and is considered highly auspicious. All Mondays in
Shravan month is celebrated in Lord
Shiva temples. A Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy
water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night.
Shiva devotees then offer Bilva leaves, holy water, milk, and flowers, also
known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam during Sawan Month every Monday. Devotees fast
until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns throughout this time of Shravan Month.This period is considered very
auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost every one of them will be
fasting either for the whole Sawan Month or at least every Monday of the Shravan Maas.You may like: Fasting during Shravan Maas
Must-Do Rituals of Shravan Maas
- Somwar Vrata Fasting during this entire Sawan Month is considered very auspicious. Waking up early morning, visiting the Shiva temple, and offering a mixture of milk, ghee, yogurt, Ganga Jal, and honey also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves is a must throughout Shravan Month. One can have milk and milk products, fruits and other fasting approved items during this time of Sawan Month. Keeping Shravan somvar vrat, especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband.
- Chanting the Shiva mantra during Shravan maas is highly fruitful in pleasing Lord Shiva at the time of Sawan Month.
- Chanting the Shiva Chalisa and performing aarti of Lord Shiva is a highly fortune in Sawan Month.
- Offering milk and holy water, during Shravan Month to Lord Shiva lingam in the Shiva temple is considered as one's good deeds or Punya.
- Shravan month is considered very auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost every one of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at least every Monday of the Sawan Maas. As Rudraksha is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksh on Shravan maas is considered very auspicious, as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksha during this time of the year to please him. Devotees also do Japa with Rudraksha mala to please Lord Shiva. Taking an early morning bath and chanting "Om Namah Shivay" with the beads nine or one hundred and eight times. It is also advised to wash the beads with Gangajal at least once every week during this month.
- Chanting the Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra, during some auspicious time of Shravan month is very important. Maha Mrityunjay Mantra
- Offering Bibhuti to Lord Shiva and smearing some of it on one's forehead is also very auspicious during Shravan month.
- Following Eka Bhukta Bhojan or having one single meal in a day or Nakhtha Vratam i.e., fasting during the day and having prasad or fruits at night is highly rewarding and meritorious throughout Sawan Maas.