Spiritual activities during Shravan Maas

Spiritual Activites

  •       Fasting during this entire Sawan month is considered very auspicious. Waking up early morning, visiting the Lord Shiva temple, and offering a mixture of milk, ghee, yogurt, gangajal, and honey also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves is a must. One can have milk and milk products, fruits and other fasting approved items during this time.

  • It is said that one who worships Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas, experience major changes in life. Performing the Rudram Chamkam puja is extremely beneficial for a healthy, prosperous and wealthy life in Sawan Month.

  •       In Shravan Maas, people, who are ill or going through critical life threatening situations such as diseases or other health issues, perform the Maha Mrityunajy puja to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva in their lives. This puja is so powerful that it lengthens the lifespan of devotees and saves from life threatening circumstances.

  • The Mangal Gauri Vrata, which is regarded as one of the most rewarding Vratas or fasts is done during Sawan Month.

  • The Rudraksh which is symbolic to Lord Shiva is considered very auspicious as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksh during the auspicious time of Sawan Month to please him. Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh mala to please Lord Shiva.

  • Fasting on all Shravan somvar and reciting Monday Fast Katha , especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband is also very popular.

  • The literal meaning of the word "Shravan" means "to hear". It is said that during this pious month, all devotees should listen to religious and spiritual discourse, noble words and sermons.

  • Chanting the Shiva Mantra Chanting the Shiva mantra is highly fruitful in pleasing Lord Shiva.

    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 ll

  •          Chanting the Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra along with Monday Fast Katha during this time of Shravan Maas is very important.

    Maha Mrityunjay Mantra

    Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam|
    Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat||

  •         Following Eka Bhukta Bhojan or having a one single meal in a day or Nakhtha Vratam i.e., fasting during the day throughout Shravan Maas and having prasad or fruits at night on Sawan Month is highly rewarding and meritorious.

Some pujas to be performed in shravan month:



When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Rama, he laid the foundation to the establishment of the Shiva Linga at Rameswaram, before crossing the sea. He performed the Rudrabhishek to seek blessings and express his devotion to Lord Shiva.

According to Vedic texts, Rudrabhishek, i.e., worshipping Lord Shiva in his Rudra or angry form is considered the greatest pooja of all times, especially if conducted during Shravan Maas. It can help one attain prosperity and fulfil all desires. 
Performing this puja on Sawan Month includes offering the Panchamrut, ie, a mixture of milk, sugar, honey, ghee, Gangajal, yogurt, bilva leaves, dhatura and other sacred items which are dear to Lord Shiva, while continuously chanting "Om Namah Shivay" and Fast Katha. This puja, observed in Shravan Maas is especially done to wash away one's sins or paap and for bringing prosperity, peace and happiness in one's house. 

This is considered one the most difficult pujas in Hindu faith if takes place at the time of Shravan Maas. Each step in this puja has certain significance:

  • Jal or water Abhishek in Shravan Maas: Forcuring fever

  • Dudh or Milk Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For fulfilling all your wishes

  • Ghee or clarified butter Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For Vansh Vistaar

  • Milk with sugar Abhishek in Shravan Maas: Forintelligence

  • Mustard oil Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For destroying enemies

  • Honey Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For destroying sin.

  • Cow milk Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For a long life

  • Sugarcane juice Abhishek in Shravan Maas: For wealth

  • Sugar and water in Shravan Maas: For good health of son

This puja and Fast Katha is performed once in a lifetime at the time of Shravan Maas (Sawan Month), to get the blessings of Lord Shiva in your life. It is considered the best remedy for all problems in life and to remove any negative effects of planets in birth chart and for success. Procedure of Rudrabhishek:

  • Place Shiva Lingam facing north, while one sits facing west, sitting on an asana made of wool or kusha in Shravan Maas.

  • Smear bhasma or holy ash in three horizontal stripes on forehead Shravan Maas.

  • The devotee are supposed to wear Rudraksh beads during this puja   and while chanting Monday Fast Katha.

  • Sprinkle water on oneself  after completing Monday Fast Katha in Shravan Maas.

  • On this Shravan Month, Remember Lord Ganesha, one's Guru and Parents.

  • Bathe Shiva Lingam with water and offer Panchamrit while chanting "Om Namah Shivay"

  • Offer dhoop and incense

  • Offer flowers on Lord Shiva in this sacred- Shravan Maas.

  • Chant Eeshan mantra   on Shravan Month Fast days. 

  • Burn camphor

  • Chant gayatri mantra and Surya mantra Monday Fast Katha  3 times each

  • Chant Maha mrityunjay mantra with rudraksh mala

  • Finally bow in salutation to Lord Shiva

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

Live Long and healthy with Maha Mrityunjay Puja

“Om tryambakkamyajamahey,
Sugandhim pustivardhanam 
Urvaarokameva bandanaan
Mrityormooksheya maamritaat”

Lord Shiva is considered the one of the main deities in Hinduism. Shravan Month or Shravan Maas is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. According to the Vedas, Lord Shiva is renowned for his strong powers which his devotees admire, especially in the occasion of Shravan Maas. It is said that one who worships him Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas, experience major changes in life. As per ancient mythology, Lord Shiva is the "giver" also known as "Trayambaka Deva" or the three-eyed God. He is also called Mahadev or one of the three Supremes. Lord Shiva is "the destroyer", who removes all evil from the world. Worshipping Lord Shiva through the Maha Mrityunjay Yagna  and Vrat Katha can help one overcome various troubles in life.

As the name itself suggests that this Puja in Shravan Maas has the ability to save one from critical situations in life, even death. This Sawan Month puja has the ability to save one from life threatening vibes.Why should one perform this puja?

People who are ill or going through critical life threatening situations such as diseases or other health issues, perform this Shravan Maas puja to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva in their lives. This Sawan Month puja and Monday Vrat Katha are so powerful that it lengthens the lifespan of devotees .

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

The Mantra

Maha Mrityunjay mantra is one of the most powerful Lord Shiva ancient mantras originating from the Rig Veda. It is a mantra that has many forms and names. It is a form of Rudra mantra, ie, it worships the furious side of Lord Shiva. It is done to ensure a long and healthy life of the devotee or get rid of any prolonged sickness. People have experience miraculous effect after organizing and performing this Shravan Maas puja.

Items needed for this puja

  • For Shravan Maas  Pooja and Vrat Katha Gangajal, ghee, curd, honey, sugar, cow's milk, janeu or the sacred thread, white cloth, tulasi and bilva or bel leaves, dhatura, betel nuts, bhang, rice and sandalwood paste.
  • Other items required include incense, lamps, fruits and flowers, sweets, and sacred red and white thread during Shravan Maas..

Procedure of Puja

  • This Shravan Maas  puja starts by chanting Maha Mrityunjay mantra 108 times with jaap mala.
  • Flowers are then offered to the Shiva Lingam, and abhishek of Lord Shiva is done with milk and water.
  • Water is then poured from a pot on the Lord Shiva Lingam while performing Sankalp and Monday Vrat Katha .
  • Lord Shiva is then worshipped with 5 items, bel leaves, water, incense, lamp and fruits.
  • Finally havan is performed at the end of the jaap puja in Shravan Maas.

Benefits of Maha Mrityunjay Puja

  • This  Shravan Maas  puja destroys evil effects and influences in your life.
  • Shravan Maas puja Conquers and wards off untimely death.
  • Ensures health and prosperity (sukh-samridhi) in one's life.
  • Pleases and seeks blessings of Lord Shiva.
  • Creates a kavach or guard around one's family, protecting it from all evils.
  • Brings harmony in relationships if Monday Vrat Katha is also performed on every fast day in this Shravan Maas Puja..
  • All sins are cleaned after chanting this mantra.

This mantra is not just used during the Shravan Maas puja, it can be chanted anytime during day or night or even when one is about to sleep. It improves focus and concentration, and also brings mental peace and harmony. A person should concentrate on the centre of his forehead between the eyes, also known as the third-eye position, and chant this mantra. One can slowly feel an awakening in this area and positive energy will surround him. 
"Om Namah Shivay"

Mangal Gauri Puja

Mangal Gauri Puja

Mangal Gauri Puja for a Happy Married Life

Mangal Gauri puja or Shravan Mangal Gauri Vrata, is regarded as one of the most rewarding Vratas or fasts, followed with Vrat Katha. It is performed during the month of Shravan Maas. It is an important Vrata observed by married and unmarried women in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and a few communities of Maharashtra. This vrata is performed for a long life of husband and a happy married life during Shravan Maas It is observed on Tuesdays or Shravan Mangalwar during the Shrawan Maas (the month of July-August) while performing various Vrat Katha.

This puja is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Parvati or Gouri, with the intent that Goddess Gauri will bless the household with prosperity, good health, and marital bliss. This vrata is performed by women during the first five years of marriage and ends with chanting Vrat Katha.How to perform the Mangal Gauri Vrata?

The procedure for Mangal GauriVrata varies from region to region. Here are the things required to perform the puja:

  • Idol of Goddess Parvati or Gauri or 5 pyramids made from turmeric powder
  • Kalasha
  • Jaggery or Gur
  • Rice
  • Cotton or flower mala or garland
  • Red flowers
  • Fresh coconut in broken in half
  • Cloth folded like a pyramid
  • Assorted fruits

Mangal Gauri Puja Procedure

Mangal Gauri avahan, Ganpati avahan mantra, Avahan mantra for all Gods and Goddess, Story and Aarti of Goddess Gauri, dhyaan, pushpanjali, and homam are performed in sequence. Special puja dedicated to Goddess Parvati is performed on Shravan Mangalwar and women dress up in traditional attire complete with mangalsutra, bangles, vermilion or sindoor, and flowers. This symbolic to staying a married women for their entire lives. The puja is done whilst reading Vrat Katha to ask for Goddess Parvati's blessings for a good married life, and a prosperous household.

Mangal Gauri Vrata Dates for 2017

  • 28th July 2018
  • 31st July 2018
  • 07th August 2018
  • 14th August 2018
  • 21st August 2018
  • 26th August 2018

Mangal Gauri Puja benefits

  • Ensures a healthy and prosperous household
  • Blesses women with a happy and content married life
  • Protects from blood related diseases
  • Minimizes the ill effects of the planet Mars on one's astrological horoscope
  • Wins over lawsuits and enemies
  • Finishes loans and brings wealth
  • Manglik dosha in girls is also reduced by this vrata.

  • Grants peace of mind
  • Unmarried women are blessed with good husbands when they performed this vrata followed by monday vrat katha.
  • Spiritual and material life both see great improvement when this fast is observed in sharavan Mass.

Mangal Gauri Katha

The story goes: A very long time ago, there lived a merchant named Dharampal. He was very wealthy and had a beautiful wife. But they were very unhappy as they didn't have any children. By a lot of puja and the grace of God, his wife gave birth to a son, but he was short-lived as he was cursed to die of snake bite by the time he turned 16. He was married before he turned 16 and was fortunately saved by his wife whose mother observed the Mangal Gauri Vrata. The girl's mother, because of her vrata and Monday Vrat Katha, was blessed by a daughter who would never face widowhood. Hence, Dharampal's son was saved and got a life of 100 years. Thus, all women observe this Shravan Maas puja for a long and healthy life of husband.

Mantra Chanting

Please Lord Shiva with Mantra Chanting

Mantra Chanting

Shravan Maas is the most important in Hinduism, it is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest one. Almost, each day of this Sawan month is considered pious as it signs the blessings of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.7

A Dharanatra is hung over the Shiva Lingam filled with Holy water and milk, to continuously bathe the lingam, throughout the day and night during Shravan Maas. Lord Shiva devotees then offer Bilva leaves, holy water, milk and flowers, also known as Falam toyam and Pushpam patram to the Shiva Lingam every Monday and read Monday Fast Katha in Shravan Maas. Devotees fast until sunset and the Akhand Diya burns and continue chanting Monday Fast Katha throughout this time.

This period-Shravan Maas 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 while reciting Monday Fast Katha of the Shravan Maas.All important festivals such as Naag Panchami, Janmashtami, Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan, Bodh Chaut, Randhan Chat, and Shitla satam fall during this auspicious month.

All important festivals such as Naag Panchami, Janmashtami, Shivratri, Raksha Bandhan, Bodh Chaut, Randhan Chat, and Shitla satam fall during this auspicious Sawan month.

Mantra Chanting during Shravan (Sharavan Month)

According to the Puranas, the Shravan Month or Shravan Maas is very dear to Lord Shiva and his devotees. This month holds special significance to the worship of Lord Shiva and Lord Shiva devotees worship him with full dedication and do not forget to chant Monday Fast Katha.

Mantra chanting and Monday Fast Katha are also very important during this Shravan Maas month; different mantras are chanted during different ceremonies, followed by Monday Fast Katha. These mantras hold special meaning and significance in Shravan Maas. Here are some of them:

Mantra for Watering of Shiva Lingam with Panchamrut

Jal Dhaare-Shivam Archet Kailaash Vasate-Dhuvam |
Muchyate-Sarva Baandhamyo-Naatra Karya Vicharnaa ||

Mantra for worshipping Lord Shiva with Bilva Leaves

Kaashivasi Nivaasi Cha, Kaal Bhairava Poojanam |
Prayaag-Maagh Maase Cha Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||1||

Darshanam Bilva-Patrasya Sparshanam Paap Nashanam |
Aghor Paap Sanharam Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||2||

Tridalam Trigunaakaaram Trinetram Va Tridha Yuddham |
Trijanma Paap Sanhaaram Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||3||

Akhande Bilva Patre-Ashcha Poojaye Shiva Shankaram |
Koti Kanya Mahadaanam Bilwa-Patram Shivar-apanam ||4|| 

One can chant any mantra of Shiva or simply chant“Om Namah Shivay” after worshipping Lord Shiva by reading Monday Fast Katha, water and Bilva leaves, as Lord Shiva is the supreme power of the universe. 

Om Namah Shivay, Om Namah Shivay |
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |1| 

Jataadharaay Shiva Jataadharaay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |2| 

Chandradharaay Shiva Chandradharay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |3| 

Nagendraay Shiva Nagendraay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |4| 

Someshwaraay Shiva Someshwaraay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |5| 

Gangadharaay Shiva Gangadharaay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |6| 

Nandishwaraay Shiva Nandishwaraay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |7|

Om Namah Shivay, Om Namah Shivay | 
Har Har Bhole Namah Shivay |8|

During Monday Fast Katha, 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 after Fast Katha. This mantra is:“Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat”

Offering prayers and reciting Monday Fast Katha to Lord Shiva during Shravan Maas (Sawan Month), through Maha Mrityunjay Yagna helps one overcome relief from difficult situations in life.

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