Shravan maas is most auspicious for spiritual activities. Devotees performs may spiritual and devotional activities during this holiest month. Here is some must follow spiritual activities you should follow during this shravan maas.
Must Do Spiritual Activities of Shravan
- Fasting during shravan maas 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. 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 this, experience major changes in life. Performing the Rudram Chamkam puja is extremely beneficial for a healthy, prosperous and wealthy life.
- 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 this month of Shravan.
- The Rudraksh which is symbolic to Lord Shiva is considered very auspicious as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear Rudraksh during shravan maas to please him. Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh mala to please Lord Shiva.
- Fasting on all Shravan somvar, 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 during shravan maas 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, during this time is very important.
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 ie, fasting during the day and having prasad or fruits at night is highly rewarding and meritorious.
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Each Day Spiritual Significance of Shravan Maas
- Monday: is the day to worship Lord Shiva.
- Tuesday: women worship Gauri for the better health of their family.
- Wednesday: is dedicated to Vithala, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu or Krishna.
- Thursdays: are for worshiping Buddh and Guru.
- Friday: For worshiping Lakshmi and Tulsi.
- Saturdays: are for Saturn (Shani Dev). These days are also known as Shravan Saturdays or Sampat Sanivara (wealth Saturdays) as one can pray for obtaining wealth.
- Sundays: are for the Sun god. Sun worship was common practice in the Vedic period and it is followed even now. Especially in Shravan, every Sunday the Sun is worshipped.
Perform Rudrabhishek During Shravan Maas
When Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Rama, he lay 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, ie, worshipping Shiva in his Rudra or angry form is considered the greatest pooja of all times. This puja is more auspicious during Shravan maas. It can help one attain prosperity and fulfill all desires.
Performing this puja 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 Shiva, while continuously chanting "Om Namah Shivay". This puja 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 puja in Hindu faith. Each step in this puja has certain significance:
Types of Rudrabhishek and their Significance
- Jal or water Abhishek: Forcuring fever
- Dudh or Milk Abhishek: For fulfilling all your wishes
- Ghee or clarified butter Abhishek: For Vansh Vistaar Milk with sugar Abhishek: Forintelligence
- Mustard oil Abhishek: For destroying enemies
- Honey Abhishek: For destroying sin.
- Cow milk Abhishek: For a long life
- Sugarcane juice Abhishek: For wealth
- Sugar and water: For good health of son
This puja is performed once in a lifetime, 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 and Steps of Rudrabhishek Puja
- Place Shiva Lingam facing north, while one sits facing west, sitting on an asana made of wool or kusha.
- Smear bhasma or holy ash in three horizontal stripes on forehead.
- The devotee are supposed to wear Rudraksh beads during this puja Sprinkle water on oneself.
- Remember Lord Ganesha, one's Guru and Parents.
- Bath Shiva Lingam with water and offer Panchamrit while chanting "Om Namah Shivay"
- Offer dhoop and incense
- Offer flowers
- Chant Eeshan mantra
- Burn camphor
- Chant gayatri mantra and Surya mantra 3 times each
- Chant Maha mrityunjay mantra with rudraksh mala
- Finally bow in salutation to Lord Shiva
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Maha Mrityunjaya Puja During Shravan Maas
Performing Maha Mrityunjaya Puja in Shravan maas; one can achieve long and healthy life. Lord Shiva is considered the one of the main deities in Hinduism. Shravan Month is dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva. According to the Vedas, Lord Shiva is renowned for his strong powers which his devotees admire. It is said that one who worships him, experience major changes in life. As per ancient mythology, he is the "giver" also known as "Trayambaka Deva" or the three-eyed God. He is also called Mahadev or one of the three Supremes. He is "the destroyer", who removes all evil from the world. Worshipping lord Shiva through the Maha Mrityunjay Yagna can help one overcome various troubles in life.
As the name itself suggests that this Puja has the ability to save one from critical situations in life, even death. This puja has the ability to save one from life threatening vibes.
Why should one perform Maha Mrityunjaya Puja?
People who are ill or going through critical life threatening situations such as diseases or other health issues, perform this puja to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva in their lives. This puja is so powerful that it lengthens the lifespan ofdevotees and saves from life threatening circumstances.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Maha Mrityunjay mantra is one of the most powerful 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 puja
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Items needed for Maha Mrityunjaya Puja
- 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.
Procedure of Maha Mrityunjaya Puja
- This 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 Shiva Lingam while performing Sankalp.
- 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.
Benefits of Maha Mrityunjay Puja
- This puja destroys evil effects and influences in your life.
- 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.
- All sins are cleaned after chanting this mantra.
This mantra is not just used during the 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 center 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"