Shravan Maas: The holiest month in the Hindu Calendar


The fifth month of the calendar is called as Shravan Maas and is considered as one of the holiest months in the year. In 2016, Shravan Maas begins on 20th July 2016.

But what is the reason behind calling this month Shravan Maas? It is believed that on Poornima or a full moon day or at any time during this month, the Shravan Nakshatra or star rules the skies and hence, this month derives its name from this nakshatra. The Shravan maas is synonymous with favorable celebrations and occasions. It is the best time to lead extremely imperative religious functions, as all days in this month are propitious for shubh arambh, i.e. great begin. Shravan maas’ decision god is Lord Shiva.

In this month, every Monday is praised as Shravan Somvar over all sanctuaries with the Dharanatra hanging over the Shiva linga, washing it with blessed water and drain, for the duration of the day into the night. Enthusiasts offer Bael leaves, blooms, heavenly water and drain, i.e. Falam-Toyam, Pushpam-Patram to master Shiva on each Shravan Somwar. They quick until the sun goes down and the Nandadeep, the Akhand Diya, smolders all through.

The significance of Lord Shiva in Shravan Maas

The Samudra Manthan is a vital scene according to the Puranas. The stirring of the smooth sea, i.e. Samudra Manthan looking for the amrit, occurred amid the month of Shravan. Amid the beating, 14 distinct rubies rose up out of the sea. Thirteen rubies were partitioned among the devas and the asuras, in any case, Halahal, the fourteenth ruby stayed untouched as it was the deadliest toxic substance which could annihilate the entire universe and each living being. Master Shiva drank the Halahal and put away the toxin in his throat. Because of the effect of the toxic substance, his throat turned blue and he came to be called Neelkantha.

Such was the effect of the toxic substance that Lord Shiva wore a bow moon on his head and all the devas began offering water from the heavenly waterway of Ganges to ruler Shiva to decrease the impacts of the toxic substance. Both these occasions occurred in the Shravan Maas and consequently, it is viewed as extremely promising to offer heavenly Ganga water to Lord Shiva in this month.

Significance of wearing Rudraksh in Shravan Maas

Sincere aficionados of Lord Shiva think of it as favorable to wear Rudraksha in the month of Shravam. Mondays are committed to Lord Shiva as his the decision god of the day. Be that as it may, Mondays in the Shravan maas as known as Shravan Somwar and are exceptionally favorable, and celebrated with all starknesses.

Customs to taking after Shravan Maas

  • Offering milk to master Shiva in Shravan Maas drives one to acquire a great deal of punyas.
  • Wear Rudraksha and utilize it for japas.
  • Bhibhuti is viewed as critical if offered to ruler Shiva. Some of it ought to be spread on the temple too.
  • Offer panchamrit (a blend of drain, curd, margarine or ghee, nectar and jaggery) and bael leaves to Shiva linga.
  • Chant the shiva chalisa and perform customary aarti of ruler Shiva.
  • Chanting the Mahamritunjay mantra is extremely promising.
  • Fast on all Shravan Somvars. This is imperative for young ladies looking for good spouses.