Chanting the Shiva mantra on Shravan Maas is highly fruitful in pleasing Lord Shiva.
Shravan Maas or Shravan month is considered very auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost each one of them will be fasting either for the whole month of Shravan Maas or at least every Monday of the Shravan Maas followed by Somvar Vrat Katha. The month of July-August is considered the most auspicious in the Hindu calendar because of Shravan Maas. Shravan Maas or Shravan month is the 5th month of the Hindu calendar and is synonymous with religious festivals and events. Shravan Maas is considered a very auspicious time for conducting any Puja and or other religious ceremonies, and all days of this Shravan Maas month are considered very prosperous for beginning any new work or Shubh aarambh.
Here's a look at some must-know interesting facts about Shravan Maas:
• The most well known incident in Hindu mythology, the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the sea took place during the Shravan month (Shravan Maas). As per ancient Hindu mythology, the Samudra manthan or the churning of the sea was the joint effort of the Gods (Devatas) and the demons (Danavs). According to age old legends, the holy month of Shravan Maas was the one during which the Gods and Demons decided to churn the ocean to decide who among them was the strongest. This was done to please Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. And also so that she would reward them with the nectar from the ocean. The Gods and demons had agreed to share the nectar equally among themselves. Snake Vasuki, who is depicted on Lord Shiva's neck and Sumeru Parvat were used for the manthan.
• It is said that 14 kinds of pious things came out of the ocean. An innumerable amount of gems and jewels along with the poison (Halahal) came out of the sea. But the demons and the Gods were unsure of what to do with the poison, as it had the ability to destroy everything. Lord Shiva then came to the rescue and stored this poison in his throat, which became blue. Hence, earning the name Neelkanth. Lord Shiva gave life to everyone in this world by drinking the destructive poison, this is why this entire Shravan Maas month is dedicated to him and is considered very auspicious.
• Lord Shiva got the crescent moon on his head during Shravan Maas: The impact of this poison was so strong that Lord Shiva had to wear a crescent moon of his head and all the Devatas or Gods started offering him the holy water from the river Ganges, so that poison is tamed. As these events took place during this Shravan Maas that is why Shravan Maas is considered highly propitious.
• Devotees fast to please Lord Shiva: Fasting and chanting Vrat Katha during this entire Shravan Maas 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 Shravan Maas. Literal meaning of the word "Shravan" means "to hear". It is said that during this pious month- Shravan Maas, all devotees should listen to religious and spiritual discourse, noble words and sermons and should concentrate on Somvar Vrat Katha.
• The Shravan constellation can be seen during this period of Shravan Maas on a full moon night, this day is also known as Shravan Poornima.
• The Maha Mrityunjay mantra was perfected during this month of Shravan Maas by Rishi Markandeya.
• The Mangal Gauri Vrata, which is regarded as one of the most rewarding Vratas or fasts is done during this month of Shravan Maas.
• According to Hindu mythology, worshipping Lord Shiva is considered 108 times more powerful during this Shravan Maas than any other time of the year.
• Fasting on all Shravan somvar and reading Somvar Vrat Katha on Shravan Maas,, especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband.
• As Rudraksh is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksh is considered very auspicious as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksh during this time of Shravan Maas of the year to please him. Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh mala to please Lord Shiva throughout Shravan Maas.