Shrawan – The Divine Month

Shrawan Month is the Hindu Calendar’s fifth month. Nepal is known for being the world’s just Hindu realm with unmatched strict resilience. Hindus all through the world honor this promising month. “Shrawan” is additionally thought to imply “to hear pleasant things.” In request to celebrate Lord Shiva, lovers pay attention to talks, reverential supplications, singing, and moving during the Shravan months. The other exacting significance of “Shravan” is “Saawan,” which signifies “month of downpour, blooming blossoms, and swinging.”

Lord Shiva, who is regarded as the most powerful, destroyer, and defender, is honored during the month of Shrawan. This month is thought to be the time of the great Samudra Manthan. During this Manthan, the Poison and Amrit (elixir of life) emerged from the depths of the ocean. The poison Halahaal was so potent that it could wipe out all of the Gods as well as the Earth. Lord Shiva drank the poison and kept it in his neck in order to rescue the world and the Gods. Since then, Lord Shiva has been known as “Neelkanth,” which means “blue throat.” However, after ingesting the poison, Lord Chandra (Moon) stayed in Lord Shiva’s brain to protect him from the poison’s effects.

There are a slew of such beliefs surrounding the month of Shrawan. During this month, believers fast (vrat or brata) on any day, but particularly on Monday. The fast might be of any length; it can be full or partial. Fasting is commonly done by women of all ages to honor Lord Shiva. Unmarried women follow the fast to pray for an ideal husband like Lord Shiva, while married women pray for their husband’s long life, good health, and prosperity. They pay a visit to the temples, make offerings like as milk, bel patra, flowers, and perform Bhajan-kirtans (devotional prayers and songs). It is also said that worshiping Lord Shiva during this month is 108 times more potent and effective than worshipping him during other months.

This auspicious month of Shrawan is particularly auspicious for women. They will only wear green, red, and yellow bangles, potes (beads), sarees, and kurthas, among other things. Green is the primary hue of Nature and represents calm. During this month, the ladies create Mehendi or Heena using their hands. Green, red, and yellow bangles of various designs can be found in abundance in Nepalese shops and markets. The use of Mehendi or Heena on the hands, as well as wearing sarees, kurtas, or outfits in green, red, or yellow, as well as bangles and ear-rings in similar colors, has become fashionable among Hindu women.

During the month of Shravan, it is customary to break the fast or consume only vegetarian foods. Apart from religious reasons, there is a scientific rationale for fasting throughout the month of Shrawan to improve one’s health. This is the rainy season. When the rains begin to fall, sunlight becomes scarce. As a result, digestion slows down. People normally eat light foods, mostly vegetarian diets, throughout this month. Fasting also aids in digestive system detoxification. During this monsoon season, it provides a natural defense against water-borne infections. The blessings of Lord Shiva provide happiness, good health, and wealth to everyone during the Shravan month.