Significance of Shravan – The holiest month in the Hindu calendar
Shravan month is an auspicious month in the Vedic calendar.
In one tradition it is calculated from the full moon of Ashada month (Guru Purnima) and in another, it is calculated from the new moon in the month of Shravana. For the first option, the dates of Shravan month are July 5th to Aug 3rd and for the second option, the dates of Shravan month are July 21st to Aug 19th.
The full moon in this month happens in the nakshatra or lunar mansion called “Shravana” and that is why this month is termed “Shravana”. The entire month is filled with divine energy and bliss and it is best to turn our mind inward to experience the still, calm, magical vibration of the cosmos.
Spiritual Significance of Shravana Month
Worship of Lord Shiva
The entire month of Shravan is auspicious for the worship of Lord Shiva, but the Mondays in this month are considered doubly auspicious. They are termed “Shravan Somwar”. Just offering water and milk and performing abhishekam for Shivling is extremely powerful.
Our scriptures say that Lord Shiva was reunited with his wife Sati who incarnated as Goddess Parvati in the month of Shravan.
Worship of Goddess Gauri
Tuesdays in the month of Shravan are auspicious to worship Goddess Gauri. Goddess Parvati performed a fast during the month of Shravan to reunite with her beloved.
Worship of Lord Vishnu and Jupiter
Shravana nakshatra is ruled by Lord Vishnu. So worship of Lord Vishnu when the Moon transits Shravana nakshatra and on Wednesdays are highly auspicious during the month of Shravan.
Shravana nakshatra’s symbol is “3-foot steps” which is connected to Lord Vamana. The higher frequencies of the planet Jupiter is connected to Lord Vishnu’s Vamana avatar.
Worship of Lord Krishna
Janmashtami – the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna is celebrated on the 8th waning lunar day in the month of Shravana.
Naga Panchami occurs on the 5th waxing lunar day in the month of Shravana. Devotees worship the Nagas on this day which is one of the best remedies for Rahu and Ketu. More details can be found at Naga Panchami – Powerful Day Worship The Nagas To Get Rid Of Rahu Ketu Problems – Cosmic Insights
Worship of the Goddess of Boons
Vara Lakshmi (The giver of boons) is one aspect of Goddess Lakshmi who is the consort of Lord Vishnu. The Fridays in Shravan month are auspicious to worship Goddess Lakshmi.
The second Friday (according to amanta) and the last friday (according to purnimanta) is chosen to worship Goddess Vara Lakshmi. People keep a fast on this day to pray to the Goddess who fulfills all their desires and blesses them with an abundance of happiness and prosperity. This year it falls on August 9th.
There are many remedies for Saturn, but the most effective one is the “Saturn Fast”.
Saturn fast begins on the first Saturday after the new moon in the month of Shravan and is continued for 16 consecutive Saturdays.
More details can be found at – Saturn fasting for 2020 – The Greatest of all Saturn Remedies – Cosmic Insights