Sawan Month 2020: The Significance Of Holy Shravan Month
Comfort My Travel wishes one and all, the first showers of the monsoon season, bringing with it the beginning of the Holy Sawan month.
According to the Hindu scriptures, Sawan comes fifth on the religion’s lunar calendar dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.
It is believed that Lord Shiva drank the poison from Samudra Manthan and Goddess Parvati barred the poison from entering his body by holding his neck at the Holy Mount Kailash.
Many devotees indulge in the divine Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to catch a glimpse of the holy divine place during this month to experience the presence of their deity.
The Holy Sawan Month, referred as ‘the holiest month’, is starting today July 6, 2020 and will end on August 3, 2020 as stated in the North Indian Hindu Purnimant Calendar.
The end of this holy month is celebrated with the festivals like Teej and Rakshabandhan in most of the states across India.
THE SIGNIFANCE OF SAWAN MAAS
The full moon day of this holy month coincides with the birth star of Lord Vishnu or the Shravan Nakshatra and from there; it gets the name Sawan Maas. In this month, all the Mondays are referred as Shravan Somwar and are considered very auspicious by the devotees of Lord Shiva. Many devotees go to celebrate the Somwar in Shiva temples and offer their god with holy water and milk. They even constantly bathe the Shiva lingam in through day and night. It is believed that the devotees try to cleanse the poison which Lord Shiva drank during Samudra Manthan to save the world and heal him. All the devotees fast until sunset on every Monday that falls in the Sawan Month and the Akhand Diya burns all this time.
THE LEGEND OF SHRAVAN MASS
As per the Hindu scriptures go, the Samudra Manthan or ‘the churning of the ocean’ was a joint effort of Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Demons). It is stated that this holy Shravan Maas was the time when the Samudra Manthan happened to decide who is the strongest among the Gods and the Demons.
The ultimate goal for the churning was to please Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth so she could provide them with the nectar or Amrit. Both, the gods and the demons had decided they will share the nectar equally among each other. The churning was performed with the help of Vasuki, the snake wrapped around the neck of Lord Shiva and the Sumeru Parvat.
It is said that an infinite number of gems and jewels along with a large amount of poison (halahal) came out of the ocean as a result of the churning. This frightened the Gods and the Demons as the Halahal poison had the ability to destroy the whole wide world. That was the time when Lord Shiva came to save the world. And he did it by drinking whole of the poison, the reason why his throat turned blue, forever.
Lord Shiva gave life to everyone in the world by drinking the poison, which is why devotees from all over the world celebrate this whole month of Sawan dedicating every day to him and his consort, Goddess Parvati.
Comfort My Travel offers the holy Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to the devotees trying to reach out to their gods in this holy month of Sawan.