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The month of Shravan is the fifth month of the Hindu calender beginning from
Chaitra, and is the most
auspicious month of the Chatur mas.
On Purnima or fullmoon day, or during the course of the month the NAKSHATRA or
star 'Shravan' rules the sky, hence the month is called Shravan.
This month is spread out with innumerable religious festivals and ceremonies and
almost all the days of this month are auspicious.
Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Each monday of this month,
known as Shravana Somvar, is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra
hangs over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night.
Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset.
The nanda deep (24 hour lamp) burns steadily in the temples.
All Mondays of this month are considered very auspicious to offer worship to
Significance of Shravan
According to legends when churning of the oceans - Samudra Manthan - took place
in the month of Shravan, fourteen different types of rubies came out.
Thirteen of these were distributed amongst the demons, except Halahal (poison).
drank the Halahal which came out of sagar manthan and stored it in his throat.
Hence the name Neel kantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva.To reduce
the strong effect of poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head.
All the Gods, thereafter started offering the Ganges water to Lord Shiva to make
lessen the effect of poison.
Since, this happened in the month of Shravana, since then the Shiva devotees
offer the Ganges water in this month.
It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month.
As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity.
All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiva as this day is sacred to Lord
No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honoured.
The belief is that in Shravan month, offering milk to Lord Shiva earns a lot of
About Viswahnath Temple
Location Varanasi India
The most religious place for any Hindu is undoubtedly Kasi. From time
immemorial, the highest veneration is extended to this holy place by all classes
It is deemed the holiest place, due to the permanent presence of Lord Shiva, as
The linga, being one among the 12 Jyotir linga in India attracts a lot of
pilgrims through out the year.
There are a number of ghats (temple tanks) around the temple, and a bath in
these ghats is believed to redeem any one of his sins and mental afflictions.
Each ghat has a legend that supports it. There is also a temple for Sri
Annapurni, who is the goddess for food.
Sri Visalakshi resides in another shrine as the Divine Consort.
Location Chennai India
According to a legend, Lord Siva once pinched off one of the heads of Brahma to
arrest his pride.
A crestfallen Brahma came to this place, installed a Siva Lingam and did
The Lingam is known as Kapaleeswarar. His consort is Karpagavalli.
Devi Parvati did penance here as a peahen the place is known as Mylapore.
Saivite saint Gnanasambandhar sang in praise of Lord Siva in this temple to
revive a dead girl.
During the Arupathumoovar festival in March in honour of the 63 Nayanmars, their
images are taken out in a spectacular procession.
Locatio Chidambaram India
Chidambaram is hallowed by the aura of the famous shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva
as Nataraja, the Cosmic Dancer.
Here the Lord danced while blessing saints Patanjali and Vyagrapada, who were
doing penance in the Thillai forests.
The Cosmic Dance is a symbolic representation of the five-fold activities of God
- Creation, Preservation, Destruction, Veiling (Maya) and Blessing. Sri
Nataraja's Thandavams include Ananda Thandavam, Urdhwa Thandavam, Bhujanagatrasa
Thandavam and Ajabha Thandavam.
To the left is the Chidambara Rahasyam or the abode of akasha Lingam.
Only a Prabha or circular arch and a Vel (spear) with a golden Bilva mala are
This is one of the Pancha Bhutha Lingams representing Akasha or Ether.
This shrine remains curtained.
The five silver-plated steps leading to the shrine represent the mystic five
letters of Namasivaya.
The shirne of Govindaraja Perumal is close to the Chit Sabha.
Lord Subramanya is in another shrine. The temple has all five Sabhas of Lord
Shiva - Chit Sabha, Kanaga Sabha, Nritya Sabha, Deva Sabha and Raja Sabha.
The famous Raja Sabha is in the Thousand-pillared Hall.
Saivite poet Sekkizhar first recited his Periya Puranam in this hall.
The Nritya Sabha shows the Urdhwa Thandavam of the Lord.
It is a porch of 56 pillars, delicately carved with dancing figures.
This court represents a heavenly chariot carved out of stone.
The Deva Sabha was used by the ten administrators to hold meetings and
The Raja Sabha was used by Chola and Pandya kings to hold victory celebrations
श्रावण माह के अंतर्गत प्रत्येक सोमवार को शिवलिंग पर
चढ़ाई जाती है।
* प्रथम सोमवार को कच्चे चावल एक मुट्ठी चढ़ाना शुभ होता है।
* दूसरे सोमवार को सफेद तिल्ली एक मुट्ठी चढ़ाया जाता है।
* तीसरे सोमवार को खड़े मूंग की एक मुट्ठी चढ़ाना चाहिए।
* चौथे सोमवार को जौ एक मुट्ठी चढ़ाने का महत्व है।
* श्रावण मास में अगर पांचवां सोमवार भी आ जाता है, तो सतुआ चढ़ाने का महत्व
भगवान शिव का यह व्रत सभी मनोकामनाओं को पूर्ण करने वाला है।