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Here's All That You Must Know About The Holy Month Of Shravan In Hindu Mythology!

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The month of Shravan is celebrated across Indian in the name of Lord Shiva and according to Hindu Mythology, a number of festivals are celebrated within this holy month that culminates with Raksha Bandhan.

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Thousands of believers across the nation observe a weekly fast on every Monday to show their faith and devotion towards Shiva- The Lord of Destruction. People decorate Shiva temples and offer their everyday prayers to please the God.

According to a popular belief, during the famous 'Samudra Manthan', which is the time when Gods and Devils were churning the ocean in expectancy of elixir, a lot of poison too came out and in order to respect the Lord of Ocean somebody had to accept it. When none of the Gods or Devils came forward, Lord Shiva drank the entire poison and held it in his throat which led to a blue coloured pigmentation of his skin. 

The nullify the effect of poison, grateful Gods showered water on Lord Shiva and devotees till date do the same thing in order to express gratitude for saving the earth by intaking the poison. 

The Monday fasts are observed under a popular belief that young single women get wishful partners and husbands are granted long healthy life by the grace of Lord Shiva.

Shravan month also leads to pilgrims going on a popular 'Kanwar journey'. The destinations for these journeys are famous Shiva temples in the country that include Kashi Vishwanath (Uttar Pradesh) and Deoghar (Jharkhand). 

How To Observe Fast

Devotees fast every Monday for an entire day and offer water, sandal paste, flowers and fruits along with leaves of golden apple.People gather in temples and sing holy songs in order to impress the Lord.

There are a few festivals that are celebrated in the month of Shravan.

Madhu Shravani

It is the main festival of Bihar and celebrates the beautiful marital bond. Wives observe a 15 day fast and pray to Goddess Parvati for the good health of their husbands. Unmarried girls fats for 7 days abstaining even salt to pray for a good husband.

Haryali Teej

It is one of the main festivals celebrating marriage. Couples offer prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on the Tritiya of Shukla Paksha. Women dress up and go to temples and fast for an entire day.

Raksha Bandhan

It is the national festival celebrating the bond between siblings in India. Sisters and brothers get up early in the morning, dress up and offer prayers for the good health of their siblings. Girls tie a holy thread on the wrist of brothers and in return brothers promise to protect them for an entire life. It's a beautiful festival that captures the love between brothers and sisters.