Shravan Maas is the most important in Hinduism, it is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest one. Almost everyday of shravan maas is considered pious as it signs the blessings of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
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 and milk and flowers, also known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam every Monday. Devotees fast until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns throughout this time.
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 month or at least every Shravan Somvar. All important festivals such as Naag Panchami, Janmashtami, Shravan Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan, Bodh Chaut, Randhan Chat, and Shitla satam fall during this auspicious month.
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According to the Puranas, the Shravan maas is very dear to Lord Shiva and his devotees. This month holds special significance to the worship of Lord Shiva and Shiva devotees worship him with full dedication. Mantra chanting is also very important during this month, different mantras are chanted during different ceremonies. These mantras hold special meaning and significance. Here are some of them;
One can chant any mantra of Shiva or simply chant“Om Namah Shivay” after worshipping Lord Shiva by water and Bilva leaves, as Lord Shiva is the supreme power of the universe.
The Maha Mritunjay Jaap has the power to win over very critical life situations, even death. During this puja the Maha Mrityunjay jaap is done. This mantra is:
Offering prayers to Lord Shiva, through Maha Mrityunjay Yagna helps one overcome relief from difficult situations in life.