Things to do during the Holy Month

Shravan rituals

  • Devotees fast to please Lord Shiva: 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.

  • Fasting on all Shravan somvar, especially for unmarried women who are seeking a good husband.

  • As Rudraksh is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksha 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.

  • Offering Panchamrut, bilva leaves, gangajal, dhatura, along with Honey or sugar and Bibhuti to Lord Shiva is considered very auspicious.

  • The Mangal Gauri Vrata is also done by married women during this month for the health and prosperity of their households.

  • 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

  • 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.

10 must-know Facts about Shravan Month

Baba Baidyanath

Shravan Maas or Shravan month is consideredvery auspicious to the devotees of Lord Shiva and almost everyone of them will be fasting either for the whole month or at leastevery Monday of the Shravan Maas.The month of July-Augustis considered the most auspicious in the Hindu calendar. Shravan Maas or Shravan month is the 5th month of the Hindu calendar and is synonymous with religious festivals and events. It is the considered a very auspicious time for conducting any Puja or other religious ceremonies, and all days of this 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 Month:

  • The most well known incident in Hindumythology, the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the sea took place during the Shravan month. 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 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.

    Samundra 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 month is dedicated to him and is considered very auspicious.

  • Lord Shiva got the crescent moon on his head during this time: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 month, that is why this moth is considered highly propitious.

  • Devotees fast to please Lord Shiva: 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.

  • 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.

  • The Shravan constellation can be seen during this period on a full moon night, this day is also known as Shravan Poornima.

  • The Maha Mrityunjay mantra was perfected during this month 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 Shiva is considered 108 times more powerful during this time than any other time of the year.

  • Fasting on all Shravan somvar, 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 the year to please him.Devotees also do japa with Rudraksh mala to please Lord Shiva.

The Do's and Don’t's of Shravan Maas

  • Do fast during this entire month. Fasting during this entire month is considered very auspicious. One can have milk and milk products, fruits and other fasting approved items during this time.

  • Do wake 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.

  • Do take a sankalp while fasting. Dedicate yourself to perform this Vrata in your best ability.

  • Do Shiva worship or Puja twice every Monday.

  • Do chant the Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra during this time.

  • Mantra Chanting

  • Do wear Rudraksh as it is considered very auspicious.

  • Do read the Shravan SomwarVrata Katha on Mondays. This katha is symbolic to Lord Shiva's journey from life to eternity.

  • Do chant Om Namah Shivaythe whole time while fasting.

  • Don't eat meat or consume alcohol during this pious month.

  • Don't shave during this month.

  • Don't break your fast in between. Once started, breaking the fast in between is considered very inauspicious.