Shravan Month or Sawan Month has a lot of significance and importance attached to itself and is very auspicious in the Hindu calendar. Sawan Month is the one month truly dedicated to Lord Shiva , and worshipping him during this month perform better during this time than any other time of the year
Shravan Poornima or the full moon day in the month of Shravan is 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 are 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 and 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.
Rituals Performed during Shravan Maas:
Maha Mrityunjay Mantra
• 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, gangajal, 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. Fasting on all Shravan somvar in Shravan month, especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband.
• Chanting the Shiva Mantra Chanting the Shiva mantra is highly fruitful in pleasing Lord Shiva at the time of Sawan Month.
Om vande dev uma pati surguru vande jagatkaaranam l
Vande pannagbhooshan mrugdhar vande pashoona pathim ll
Vande surya shashank vahni nayan vande mukundpriyam l
Vande bhakt jana-ashraya ch varadam vande Shiv-Shankaram l
• Chanting the Shiva Chalisa and performing aarti of Lord Shiva is highly fortune in the 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 everyone of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at least every Monday of the Sawan Month. As Rudraksh is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksh on Shravan month is considered very auspicious, as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksh during this time of the year (Sawan Month) to please him. Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh 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 Shravan 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 a 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 Month.