New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: People across India are celebrating Shravan or Sawan. Shravan is considered as one of the most important month in the Hindu calendar. This year, Shravan had started on July 6 and will continue till August 3. Shravan has special significance to Lord Shiva and several festivals like Krishna Janmashtami, Raksha Bandhan, Naryal Poornima and Nag Panchami are celebrated in this month. People across the country also observe fast in Shravan, especially on Mondays, to impress Lord Shiva – one of the Trinity in the Hindu religion. On the other hand, several people also observe fasts on Tuesday which are known as “Mangala Gauri Vrat”.

Importance of Shravan Maas:

The auspicious month is marked by complete devotion to Lord Shiva. According to legends, the Gods and demons decided to churn the ocean (Samudra Manthan) to get Amrit from it. However, the 'halahala' or poison also came out along with Amrit and had the potential to destroy the world. However, Lord Shiva drank that poison and saved the world. Therefore, he is worshipped as a gesture of gratitude in the holy month of Shravan.

Puja Vidhi:

It is advised to wake up early in the morning to perform Mangan Aarti after taking a bath.

The most important day of the holy month is Monday. On this day, the devotees observe fast to impress Lord Shiva and seek his blessings.

Devotees also perform the Abhishek of a Shivlinga with milk.

Offer Lord Shiva the Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves. It is a mixture of milk, yoghurt, gangajal, and honey.

Vrat in Shravan Maas:

While fasting, alcohol consumption and eating non-vegetarian must be avoided.

Intake a lot of liquid during fast to stay hydrated.

Devotees can wear rudraksha while fasting.

Devote yourself to Lord Shiva. Chant mantras like Om Namah Shivay and Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra.

Read kathas from the Hindu texts.

Shaving must be avoided in the holy month of Shrawan.

According to Puranas, brinjal or eggplant should not be eaten as they are considered impure.

Significance:

In the holy month of Sawan, people usually fast, especially on Mondays, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are also known as ‘Shravan Somvar Vrat’ while others also fast on Tuesday and Friday. These are in dedication to worship Lord Shiva for success, marriage, and prosperity in life.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma