ॐ नम शिवाय:

Shrawan … The Month of Lord Shiva. Chant His name, Study His text, Perform Puja to Him, and Worship Him… This is a wonderful time to become closer to Him.

Starting of the favorite month of the Lord Shiva and Co-incidentally Monday… It was a good evening to be at his place, Pashupati Nath Temple the large Shiva Temple in our country and holy place for Hindus around the world. I had good time with brief worship, official evening Puja, Aarati and Tandab. 

After all that truly, I hoped Shiva was Smiling and Full of Love. I felt his blessing deep in my heart.

Lord Shiva watches everything we do and whenever we remember him, he will come. So, lets always prepare our heart, our mind, our body with positive feelings.

ॐ नम: शिवाय …  Aum Namaḥ Śivāya

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The Reason of Worshiping Lord Shiva in the month of Shrawan

The Shrawan month is of great importance out of the twelve months according to the Hindu calendar. The surroundings can be seen full of greenery during this month. It seems as if a new life has been given to nature. A close relationships between humans and nature has been described in the Vedas. According to Vedas, Brahmanas offer prayers and read Vedas during rains. Doing this, makes a person feel happy and content. The Shrawan month season of rains. Various insects and other beings come out of the dark during rains and make noises. It seems as if someone has broken the vow of silence and has started speaking again.

The reason behind worshiping Lord Shiva in Shrawan is because during this month, the Samundra Manthan (Churning of ocean) took place, when Lord Shiva stepped in and saved the whole cosmos or universe from destruction.

While churning the ocean by Devtas and Demon kings, it is believed that 14 various types of rubies were derived. It’s been said that 13 of those were evenly distributed between the Devtas and Demons, but the Bikha (Poison) was spared. None of the Devatas or the demons were willing to consume or accept this strong poison – except Lord Shiva – who drank the poison but kept the liquid in his throat – thus deriving his name: Nilkantha (Nil – meaning Blue) and Kantha (Throat).

It is said in various scriptures that to minimise the very stron effects of the poison, Lord Shiva wore the tiny crescent of the Chandra Devata (Moon) on his forehead. It is also believed that offering Ganga Jal on Shiva Linga also started around this month to calm the effects of the poison in Lord Shiva’s throat.

Poison came out of the sea during the battle between the Devas and the Demons. Lord Shiva came forward and drank this poison to save mankind. Lord Shiva did this during the Shrawan month. His body temperature increased substantially. All Devi-Devas tried to lower his body temperature but nothing helped. Lord Shiva then wore the Moon on his head which lowered his temperature.

It is also believed that Lord Indra wanted Lord Shiva’s body temperature to decreases and hence, it rained heavily. This calmed down Lord Shiva and since then the Sawan month is celebrated to please Lord Shiva. Water is poured on Lord Shiva during the whole Sawan month, especially on Mondays. Lord Shiva is worshipped with a lot of zeal during this month which is the second biggest event after MahaShivaRatri.

Every day of this Sharvan month has its own significance, and rituals that can be observed. However, no days are more auspicious than Shravan Mondays.

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