Of all the months, Shravan Maas (July-August) is considered most auspicious.
|Somnath Jyotirlinga , Prabhas Patan, Saurashtra, Gujarat|
It is the fifth month of solar year and is also known as ‘Avani’ in the Tamil scriptures.
|Mallikarjuna Swami,Srisailam,Andhra Pradesh|
As per Vedic astrology, when Sun enters the zodiac Leo, Shravan Maas is said to set in.
As per lunar calendar, Shravan sets in on the New Moon Day.
The fifth month of Hindu calendar is called Shravan. According to astrologers, during this month and on Purnima, the shravan constellation can be seen in the sky. Hence the name.
Shravan Maas is also a holy month filled with other festivals such as Naga-Panchami, Govatsa, Shravani Purnima , Vara Lakshmi Vrata, Rishi Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, Kalkyavatara and Putradaikadashi.
Northern states such as Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Chhattisgarh and others celebrate fifteen days before the southern states celebrate.
|Kashi Vishwanath Temple,Varanasi,U.P|
This is the time when Lord Shiva drank the poisonous Halahala that emanated from Samudra Manthan between the Devas and Asuras
During the Manthan, the Ocean Produced lots of valuables such as gemstones, Goddesses riches, cows, bows, the Moon, conch etc. which were taken up by gods and demons.
Fourteen different gems emerged from the ocean which were divided them.
When the Ocean produced the deadliest poison called Halahala, all of them cringed back as it was too dangerous to destroy the universes. It was Shiva who decided to drink it to save the world. His devout wife saw him taking Halahala, she at once held His throat so that the poison wouldn’t go down. As a result His throat turned blue and He was called Neelkantha.
Each day of this month carries spiritual significance
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.
|Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga,near Ellora,Aurangabad, Maharastra|