Sawan 2019: What is Sawan and why do we celebrate it?

Sawan Month 2019: Sawan, also known as Shravan is the fifth month and is considered as the holiest month in the Hindu calendar. The Shravan month is synonymous with auspicious festivals. Here is everything you need to know about the festival and why Indians celebrate it. Check it out.
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Of all the months in the Hindu calendar, the Sawan aka Shravan Maas is considered as the most auspicious month. The Shravan month is synonymous with auspicious festivals and events. According to Hindu literature, it is the best time to conduct all holy and religious ceremonies as most days in the month are considered auspicious and holy. 


Shravan maas’ ruling deity is Lord Shiva which is why all-important Lord Shiva poojas and ceremony are held during this month. This is done because - As per a popular legend, Lord Shiva had consumed the Halahal (poison) that came out of the ocean during the Samudra Manthan (churning of the ocean). 


Since Lord Shiva had consumed the poison all the Devas started offering water from the holy river of Ganges to the Lord to reduce the effect of the poison. As Lord Shiva did that to save the world, his devotees perform Puja as a rendition to the Lord who always protects his followers from all dangers & diseases and bestows good health and fortune.

As a part of the pooja, people often visit the holy rivers of India, fetch water from them and carry Kanwars, on their shoulders to offer it to Shivlinga of their nearest temples. The holy water of the river Ganga is used by them for Abhishek (coronation) of Lord Shiva's Lingam in their local area's temple. Some Lord Shiva’s devotees cover this journey by walking bare feet from their states, whether it is Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, or Punjab, and some also use the means of transport such as buses or trains to reach Haridwar. They carry special Shravan images of Lord Shiva and sing special Saavan songs. Every year, lakhs of people undertake these ceremonies with the utmost of their sincerity. 


While the entire month is considered auspicious, every Monday of Sawan is considered holy. Many Hindus during this month observe fasting, especially on Mondays, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are known as ‘Shravan Somvar Vrat’. 

All Tuesdays in the month of Shravan are dedicated to Goddess Parvati. Observing fast during Tuesdays in the holy month are called as Mangala Gauri vrat.


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