Legend Behind Shravan month :
As per ancient legends, the churning of sea ( Samudra Manthan ) was done during this month of Shravan. It was a combined effort done by both, the Devatas ( Gods ) & the Danvas (Demons). The Sumeru Parvat was used for churning and the Snake Vasuki which circles around the neck of Lord Shiva was used as a rope. Large number of invaluable Gems came out of sea as a result of this churning. However, at the end, poison ( Halahal ) came out which had the capacity to destroy everything. None of the Gods or Demons were able to deal with this poison and ultimately, Lord Shiva came to the rescue. Lord Shiva drank the entire poison and stored it in his throat which turned blue due to poison. Hence, Lord Shiva got the name Neel Kanth ( Blue Throat ). This way, Lord Shiva gave a new life to everyone during this month and therefore, this month is supposed to be very auspicious.
Things to do in the Month of Shravan :
The entire month of Shravan is very auspicious and observing the following can give very good results by the blessings of Lord Shiva :
Maha Mrityunjay Mantra :
- If possible, a person should keep fast on all the days of Shravan month. He should go to Lord Shiva temple everyday after taking Bath and offer Panchamrut ( A Special preparation made of 5 items viz, milk, curd, ghee, honey & gangajal ) to Lord Shiva as well as Bilva Leaves. A person can consume milk & milk preparations, fruits and other items that are used during fast & pray to Lord Shiva.
- If fasting everyday is not possible, then atleast every person should keep fast on every Mondays of Shravan month.Wearing a Rudraksha during this month is also considered very auspicious.
- A person should recite Maha Mrityunjay Mantra for as many times as possible.
" Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat "