Spiritual activities during Shravan Maas

Spiritual Activites

  • Fasting during this entire 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. 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 a Rudraksh during this time of the year 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 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, during this time 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 ie, fasting during the day and having prasad or fruits at night is highly rewarding and meritorious.

Some pujas to be performed in shravan month:

Rudrabhishek

rudrabhishek

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. 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:

  • 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 of Rudrabhishek:

  • 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.

  • Bathe 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

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 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 this 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

The 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.

Items needed for this 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 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"

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. 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. It is observed on Tuesdays or Shravan Mangalwar during theShrawan Maas (the month of July-August).

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.

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 to ask for Goddess Parvati's blessings for a good married life, and a prosperous household.

Mangal Gauri Vrata Dates for 2017

  • 11th July 2017
  • 18th July 2017
  • 25th July 2017
  • 1st August 2017

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
  • Spiritual and material life both see great improvement when this fast is observed

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, 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 puja for a long and healthy life of husband.

Mantra Chanting

Please Lord Shiva with Mantra Chanting

Mantra Chanting

The month of Shravana is the most important in Hinduism, it is the fifthmonth in the Hindu calendar and one of the holiest one. Almost everyday of this month 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 consideredvery auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost every one of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at leastevery Monday 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.

Mantra Chanting during Shravan

According to the Puranas, the shravan month 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 :

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 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|

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:

“Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat”

Offering prayers to Lord Shiva, through Maha Mrityunjay Yagna helps one overcome relief from difficult situations in life.