How to seek blessings of Lord Shiva during the month of Savan?
Savan is considered one of the most auspicious months in Hindu scriptures and Vedas. As per Vedas, the month is known as Nabhas. The whole month is considered very auspicious and some of the most significant Hindu festivals are celebrated during this month including Haryali Teej, Nag Panchami, Shravani Purnima, Rishi Panchami, Janamashtami and Raksha Bandhan.
Significance of Savan
During the Prehistoric times, Gods and demons decided to churn the ocean it is known as Samudra Manthan, and they decided to equally share everything that is emitted from the churned ocean. During the process of churning, 14 divines emerged from the ocean. They were equally distributed among all the demons and Gods. And one amongst the 14 items was the deadly poison Halahal, which has the power to destroy the whole world. Neither the demons nor the gods agreed to accept that deadly poison, which led to a furious war between Gods and Demons. At that time, Lord Shiva decided to drink that poison to save earth from its deadly effects. Since then, people observe fast and worship Lord Shiva in the month of Savan to seek his blessings.
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It is said that after he drank the poison his throat turned blue. That’s why he is also called Neelkanth. Notably, Halahal was toxic enough to burn Lord Shiva’s throat but as he held Moon on his forehead and Ganges in the dreadlock of his hair, he was able to remain calm and peaceful even after swallowing it.
Importance of Mondays during Savan
During the month of Savan, Mondays hold a great significance. A lot of people observe fast on Monday, especially women. Devotees offer their prayers to Lord Shiva for a happy and blissful life. Women observe fast on Mondays to get marital bliss. Bel Patra is offered to Lord Shiva during Savan. During the month of Savan, some people stick to certain types of food for the entire month. Also, people strictly follow a vegetarian diet during this month.