Shravan Month is considered as one of the holiest months in the year as per Hindu Calendar.
On Full Moon Day (Punam or Purnima), the divine firmament (sky) is under the celestial sovereignty of Shravan Nakshatra (one of the twenty-seven Nakshatras). Therefore, it is called Shravan. Each day during this month is auspicious for worshipping Shambhu (Shiva). Prayers and Vedic rituals are performed in Lord Shiva temples in order to please Him.
Since it is the most auspicious period, one can take advantage of it by performing Shravan Maas Shiva Puja. During this month, the cosmos is supercharged with Shiva tattvas (Shiva elements) that purify the mind, the senses, the body and the self (Soul) through the rituals dedicated to Lord Shiva.
According to Skand Puran, devotees who chant Mahamrutyanjay mantra, Panchakshar Mantra, Shiv Stotra, observe penance, does ling Abhishek with milk, yoghurt, holy Ganga water, ghee, sugar, honey, Bilva Patra, Dhatura and other sacred items dear to lord Shiv, observes fasts, offer daily prayers, He frees one from the cycle of birth and death, illness, anger, grief etc.
Devotees fast to please Lord Shiva: Fasting during this entire month is considered very auspicious. Waking up early morning, visiting the Shiva temple, and offering a mixture of milk, ghee, yoghurt, Ganga Jal, and honey, also known as Panchamrut along with Bilva leaves, is a must. One can have milk and milk products, fruits and other fasting approved items during this time.
As Rudraksha is symbolic to Lord Shiva, wearing the Rudraksha is considered very auspicious as well. Devout devotees of Lord Shiva make sure to wear a Rudraksha during this time of the year to please him. Devotees also do Japa with Rudraksha mala to please Lord Shiva.
Chanting the Shiva mantra during shravan maas is highly fruitful in pleasing Lord Shiva.
Om vande dev uma pati surguru vande jagatkaaranam l
Vande pannagbhooshan mrugdhar vande pashoona pathim ll
Vande surya shashank vahni nayan vande mukundpriyam l
Vande bhakt jana-ashraya ch varadam vande Shiv-Shankaram ll
Chanting the Maha Mrutyunjay Mantra, during this time is very important.
O? trya?baka? yajamahe sugandhi? pu??ivardhanam
urvarukamiva bandhanan m?tyor muk?iya ma'm?tat
Married women also do the Mangal Gauri Vrata during this month for the health and prosperity of their households.
Devotees take a Sankalp while fasting. Dedicate themselves to perform this Vrata in their best ability. One chants Om Namah Shivaya whole time while fasting.
Devotees usually avoid consuming meat or alcohol during this holy month. They don't shave during this month.
Overall it only means that one must try and become like Shiv who out of compassion drank halahal poison to help and protect. If we drink lust (kaam), wrath (krodh), greed (lobh), attachment (moh) and ego (ahankara) these poisons, we definitely can make earth, heaven.
Shravan Maas is also filled with other festivals such as Haryali Teej, Naga-Panchami, Randhan Cheth, Shitla Saptami, Nori Nem, Raksha Bandhan, Rishi Panchami, Raksha Bandhan, etc. and the main one Krishna Janmasthami.
Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on the full moon of the Shravan month. Raksha Bandhan translates to 'Protection Bond', which signifies the promise to protect thus a lot of people on this day also start their day by visiting temple offering rakhi's to deities at the temple praying for protection.
Krishna Janmasthami is celebrated in almost every household with great devotion and enthusiasm, the celebration, in fact, starts with Krishna Katha a week ahead concluding with Nandotsav and Dahi Handi next day of Krishna Janmasthami. It is celebrated magnificently at Shri Radha Krishna temple. For Krishna, Janmasthami temple will be open all day for the devotees.
Radha Krishna Temple every year celebrates all the festivities held during the Shravan month therefore cordially invites all the devotees to come to be part of our celebrations. During the holy month of Shravan Since the whole world is in lockdown let's all come together to pray to seek lord Sadashiv's blessings for us and everyone and make our mother earth Covid19 free.
"We invite all our community members and devotees to Radha Krishna Temple as we have designed and scheduled an extensive list of programs during the holy month of Shravan," President of Auckland Indian Association, also overseeing activities of the temple in Auckland, Narendra Bhana told The Indian Weekender.
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