Savan – An Auspicious Hindu Month
Shravan Maas or the month of Savan is the fifth month of the Lunar Calendar. As per the Hindu scriptures and Vedas, Shravan maas or the month of Savan is considered as highly auspicious month. Vedas describe Savan as the month as ‘Nabhas’. ‘Shravan Purnima’ -the full moon day in the month of Savan coincides with the birth star of Lord Vishnu, the Shravana Nakshatra. Hence, the whole month is referred to as the Shravana Maas and is considered to be so auspicious. Some of the most significant Hindu festivals observed during the Savan month such as Hariyali Teej, Nag Panchami, Shravani Purnima, Rishi Panchami, Krishna Janmashtami and Raksha Bandan.
Legend has it that in the pre-historic times Gods and Demons decided to churn the vast ocean (Samudra Manthan) and equally share everything that’s emitted from the churned ocean during the month of Savan. During the process of churning 14 divine things emerged from the ocean. And one amongst the 14 items was a deadly poison –Halahal, which could destroy the whole world. Neither the Gods nor the Demons agreed to accept the deadly poison, which lead to a furious war amongst them. At this time, the God of the Gods, Lord Shiva agreed to accept the Halahal and save the earth from its deadly effects.
It is said that as soon as Lord Shiva swallowed the lethal Halahal, his throat turned blue. And from that day Shiva got an epithet of the great Neelkanth Mahadev. The Halahal was toxic enough to have burned Shiva’s throat but as he held the Moon on his forehead and the Ganges in his dreadlocks of hair, he was able to remain calm and peaceful even after swallowing the deadly poison. This mythological incidence teaches us to use your wisdom and knowledge carefully to control our thoughts and speech in order to avoid any clashes or conflicts to let the harmony in society and our lives prevail.
Mythology has it that after imbibing the deadly poison, Shiva experienced intense heat and immense burning sensation in his throat. And in order to pacify the heat, he ordered the Ganges to drench him in cold water. Seeing the agony of the Mahadev, Indra - the lord of Skies ordered thunderous cloud to rain heavily to counterbalance Shiva’s agonizing pain. Since then, it is believed that whosoever pours milk and water on Shiva statues and Shivling is blessed by Lord Shiva as it gives him relief from the excruciating pain of Halahal.
During the rainy month of Shravan (Saawan), Shivaites and devout devotees (known as K?nvarias) make pilgrimage to prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites to fetch holy waters of Ganges River, called the Ganga Jal, which is later offered at the prominent Shiva temples. It is believed that pouring Ganga Jal on Shiva statues and Shivling releases Lord Shiva from the negative energy of the Halahal. .
It is believed that Lord Shiva grants all the wishes of devotees who offer prayers to him during the holy month of Savan. Maha Mrityunjaya Yagna and Rudram Chamkam Yagna are two of the most significant religious ceremonies that yield enough power to bring in peace, prosperity and happiness for people. Maha Mrityunjaya Yagna is specially performed to appease Lord Shiva by creating divine vibrations and get his blessings to restore health, happiness and wealth in life. Rudram Chamkam Yagna is a special Vedic yagna to invoke Lord Shiva and obtain his blessings for immediate relief from chronic health problems and intense financial crisis. Performing these yagnas during the month of Savan yields immediate results.
It is believed, worshiping Lord Shiva and performing Rudrabhishek on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivratri has special significance in our life. Performing Rudrabhishek destroy all kind of negativity from our life and also enhance all round prosperity and happiness in life by the powerful blessings of lord Shiva.