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Introduction:

Shrawan Month is also known as the month of fasting. Shravan is a word that is made from Shravan means listening. Every year, during the Hindu lunar month of Shrawan, a vibrant and spiritual festival is celebrated in Indian subcontinent. Every year Shravan month comes in between late July and August, this sacred month holds immense significance in Hinduism and is celebrated with enthusiasm. Shrawan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in the Hindus, according to Hinduism if someone keeps fast it brings blessings, prosperity, and spiritual growth them. In 2023 this shrawan month will remain for 2 months and it starts from 4th July and ends on 31st august.

Lord Shiva

The Religious Significance of Shrawan Month:

Shrawan holds a special place in Hindu mythology, with various legends associated with this auspicious period. According to Hindu beliefs, Samudra Manthan took place during this month. During the Samudra Manthan, Amrita emerged from the ocean, and both the gods and demons tried to claim it. After Amrita, A poison named Halahal emerged from Samudra Manthan, and everyone denied consuming it and to save the world from the catastrophic consequences of the elixir Lord shiva consumed the poison himself. As a result, he is often depicted with a blue throat, which earned him the name "Neelkanth" (the one with a blue throat). To reduce the effect of poison all the Gods offered water to Lord Shiva which gave him relief since then it became a tradition to offer water to Lord Shiva. People perform Rudrabhishekam on the Mondays of this Month. According to popular beliefs, unmarried women observe fasts during this month to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva for an ideal life partner, while married women fast for the well-being and longevity of their husbands.


Observing Shrawan:

Rituals and Traditions: During Shrawan month, devotees perform various rituals to appease Lord Shiva. The most common observance is the Monday fasts, known as "Shrawan Somvar Vrat." Devotees fast on Mondays throughout the month, visiting Shiva temples to offer milk, water, flowers, and belpatra leaves to the Shiva Lingam. The temple in this month is full of the enchanting sounds of bell ringing, conch blowing, and the rhythmic chanting of sacred hymns. Devotees often wear traditional Indian clothes, with women adorning themselves with green bangles, sindoor, and mehndi as a symbol of prosperity and devotion. Additionally, they carry water from sacred rivers, such as the Ganges, to offer the Shiva Lingam, signifying purification and spiritual cleansing.

Shrawan Melas: Shrawan Melas are organized in various parts of India. These fairs are colorful, vibrant, and joyous events, attracting people from everywhere. Markets are adorned with stalls selling traditional clothes, handicrafts, jewellery, and mouth-watering delicacies. The atmosphere is filled with a divine vibe full of unity and festivity, making it a wonderful opportunity for families and friends to come together and celebrate.


Raksha Bandhan:

The festival of Raksha Bandhan is a significant day to celebrate the bond between siblings, also falls during the month of Shrawan. On this auspicious day, sisters tie colourful threads called "Rakhi’s" on their brothers' wrists as a symbol of love and protection. After tying Rakhi brothers promise to protect their sisters throughout their lives. Raksha Bandhan is a festival celebrated in the shrawan month.

Lord Shiva

The Beauty of Shrawan:

While Shrawan's religious significance remains unchanged, it gives people the time to take a pause from everything to reflect and connect with their spirituality. It serves as a reminder of the importance of devotion, family bonds, and cultural heritage. The beauty of Shrawan lies not only in its religious aspects but also in the sense of unity and joy it brings to millions of people across the Indian subcontinent together who walks on foot from one place to another significant place to offer lord Shiva.


Conclusion:

Shrawan holds a significant place in the hearts of Hindus. It is a time where people expect spiritual growth and renewal, where individuals seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and pray for the well-being of their loved ones. The month's vibrant rituals and traditions let people take a pause from everything and fast and let Lord Rudra remove their negativity and bless them joy and togetherness.



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