New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Shravan or Sawan or Avani in Tamil Nadu will begin from Monday (July 6) and continue till August 3. Shravan is the fifth month in the religion's lunar calendar and is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva and his spouse Goddess Parvati will help people seek salvation (Moksha). To impress Lord Shiva, people also observe fasts on the Mondays of Shravan which is known as 'Shravan Somvar Vrat'. Apart from observing fasts, people also offer milk, water, and bilva leaves to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

According to old legends, the devtas or the Gods and the asuras or the demons were churning the ocean during the ‘Samudra Manthan’ together to get Amrit. However, the 'halahala' or poison also came out along with the Amrit which had the potential to destroy the world. Lord Shiva then drank that poison and saved the world. Therefore, Lord Shiva is offered milk as a gesture of gratitude so that it can reduce the effect of pain he wore for the people.

Significance:

The propitious month brings along many festivals like Rakshabandhan, Teej, Naag Panchami, and Krishna Janmashtmi making it an auspicious month. It is celebrated in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, and Chattisgarh. The devotees in this holy month of Sawan worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati for success, marriage, and prosperity.

Puja Vridhi:

  • Mondays hold importance in Sawan. Some people observe fasting for the whole month whereas most people fast on Mondays from sunrise to sunset.
  • It is advised to wake up early in the morning and perform Mangal Aarti after taking a bath.
  • A person can perform the Abhishek of a Shivlinga with milk, fasting devotees must not drink milk.
  • Offer Lord Shiva a mixture of milk, ghee, yoghurt, gangajal, and honey also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves.

Things to be taken care of while fasting (Vrat) in Shravan Maas:

  • Alcohol consumption and eating non-vegetarian must be avoided.
  • According to the Puranas, other vegetables that should not be eaten are brinjal or eggplant as they are considered impure.
  • Devotees can wear rudraksha.
  • Chant mantras like Om Namah Shivay and Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra while fasting.
  • Do not shave the whole month of Sawan.
  • Read kathas from the Vedas or Hindu texts.
  • Intake a lot of liquid to stay hydrated during fast.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma