In the month of Shravan (July – August), Mondays are considered highly prosperous for offering prayers to Lord Shiva. It is said that the worship of Shiva during Shrawan month is 108 times more powerful than worshipping him during normal days. Millions of devotees observe the Shravan Somwar Vrat – fasting and performing Pujas on Mondays in Sawan Month.
Legend of Shravan Somwar :
Shravan Maas is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is worshipped with full dedication and commitment. Devotees observe fast on this day to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. The legend of Shravan Somwar is associated with Lord Shiva when Samudra Manthan took place i.e, churning of ocean. While churning the ocean, the Halahal called as poison came out which was consumed by Lord Shiva. He stored the poison in the throat due to which his throat turned into blue. Since then, Lord Shiva is also known as Neelkantha. To diminish the poison's impact, Lord Shiva wore crescent moon on his heas. To weaken the effect of poison the Gods and people started offering the water to Lord Shiva from the Holy Ganges to Lord Shiva.
Shravam Maas Puja :
Shravan is believed as the most sanctified month of the year. It is the fifth month of the Hindu calender known as sawan and also known as the first month of Chatur Mas - the four holiest months in Hindu Hindi Calendar. On Purnima day the nakshatra 'Shravan' rules the sky, hence the month is said as Shravan.
Rituals and Customs of Shravan Maas Puja
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