Hindus regard Shravan, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar, to be fortunate since it is linked with Lord Shiva.
Every Monday during the month, worshippers fast in what is known as Shravan Somwar or Sawan Somwar. Many devotees also observe a Solah Somwar fast on 16 Mondays beginning on the first Monday of the calendar. The month of Shravan is also considered fortunate astrologically and is regarded as the greatest time to undertake rituals.
Why the name Shravan?
The month is termed Shravan because the ‘Shravan Nakshatra’ is thought to rule the heavens during this period.
Why is the month considered auspicious?
Legend has it that the ‘Sagar Manthan,’ or the stirring of the ocean, a historic moment in Hindu mythology that occurred during the Gods’ pursuit for ‘Amrit’ (nectar), occurred in the month of Shravan.
The churning resulted in the appearance of 14 jewels, which were split between both the gods and the devils, except one, which was the ‘Halahal’ (poison). Lord Shiva rushed to the world’s aid and ingested the venom, holding it in his neck and gaining the name Neelkanth (one with a blue throat).
It is stated that while under the influence of the poison, Lord Shiva placed a crescent moon on his head, and the gods began pouring water from the Ganges on his head to mitigate the effects of the poison.
This is why, during the month of Shravan, worshippers walk barefoot to Shiva temples across the country to sprinkle water on Lord Shiva.
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