– Sunday, 12th August, Shravan Month Starts, Panchayat Devata Pooja Daily at 18.00
– Friday, 17th August, Sheri Satam, Pooja from 07.00 am onwards
– Sunday, 19th August, Noli Nem, Pooja from 07.00 am onwards
– Monday, 3rd September, Krishna Janmashtami, Pooja & Bhajan from 19.00 pm onwards
Importance of Shravan Month
Shravan is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar. It comes after Ashadha month. Shravan month is a very important period for devout Hindus and they consider it to be the holiest month of the year. In fact, every day in the month of Shravan month is considered auspicious. It is believed that one can win the special grace of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu during this holy month. Shravan month, in particular, holds a lot of importance for the devotees of Lord Shiva.
The word “Shiva” connotes Kalyan (welfare). Lord Shiva is the main God in the worship of Panchadev (The Five Gods). Pushpadant has very well explained the glory of Lord Shiva in Shiv Mahima Stotra. He has said that in spite of being an eternal God, Lord Shiva has come to acquire the role of a creator, preserver and destroyer of this mundane world. Shiva is the cause of every living being’s existence. So, let us know some interesting facts related to the Holy Shravan month-:
Out of all months in the Hindu calendar, the Shravan (maas) month is revered as the holiest as the cosmos is filled with Shiv Tattvas or the elements of Lord Shiva. Shravan is the most special month to win the divine grace.
Why is Shravan(Sawan) Month the holiest month in the Hindu Calendar?
It is believed that on Poornima or a full moon day or at any time during this month, the Shravan Nakshatra or star rules the skies and hence, this month derives its name from this nakshatra.
The Shravan month is synonymous with auspicious festivals and events. It is the best time to conduct all-important religious ceremonies, as almost all days in this month are auspicious for shubh arambh, i.e. good start. Shravan maas’ ruling deity is Lord Shiva.
In this month, each Monday is celebrated as Shravan Somvar across all temples with the Dharanatra hanging over the Shiva linga, bathing it with holy water and milk, throughout the day into the night. Devotees offer Bael leaves, flowers, holy water and milk, i.e. Falam-Toyam, Pushpam-Patram to lord Shiva on every Shravan Somwar. They fast until the sun goes down and the Nandadeep, the Akhand Diya, burns throughout.
The Legend Behind Shravan Month
As per the traditional story, the daughter of Daksh had sacrificed her life and was reborn as Parvati in the home of Himalaya King. Parvati wanted to marry Lord Shiva. That is the reason why she performed penance during Shravan month. Lord Shiva was pleased with the devotion of Parvati and he fulfilled her wish. Lord Shiva likes the Shravan month very much as he got reunited with his wife during this period. Shravan month 2018 began on July 28. During the holy Shravan month, Shivaling is worshipped and people pray to Lord Shiva for the entire night. All this is done to win the special grace of Lord Shiva. Any act which violates the religious principles is strictly prohibited during Shravan month
Another view on Shravan Month
The Samudra Manthan is a very important episode as per the Puranas. The churning of the milky ocean, i.e. Samudra Manthan in search of the amrit, took place during the month of Shravan. During the churning, 14 different rubies emerged from the ocean. Thirteen rubies were divided among the devas and the asuras, however, Halahal, the 14th ruby remained untouched as it was the deadliest poison which could destroy the whole universe and every living being. Lord Shiva drank the Halahal and stored the poison in his throat. Due to the impact of the poison, his throat turned blue and he came to be called Neelkantha.
Such was the impact of the poison that Lord Shiva wore a crescent moon on his head and all the devas started offering water from the holy river of Ganges to lord Shiva to reduce the effects of the poison. Both these events took place in the Shravan Maas and therefore, it is considered very auspicious to offer holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva in this month.
Importance of wearing Rudraksh in Shravan Month
Devout devotees of Lord Shiva consider it auspicious to wear Rudraksha in the month of Shravam. Mondays are dedicated to Lord Shiva as his the ruling deity of the day. However, Mondays in the Shravan maas as known as Shravan Somwar and are highly auspicious, and celebrated with all austerities.
The Importance Of Shravan Monday (Somvar)
Monday is represented by Moon, which in turn symbolises Mind. Moon is placed on Lord Shiva’s head. Lord Shiva is believed to discipline the mind of the spiritual aspirant and the devotees. That is why Lord Shiva is especially worshipped on Monday. If you worship Shivaling on Shravan Monday, you can win his special grace. Men, women and especially unmarried girls fast on this day to please Lord Shiva.
Learn how Lord Shiva Is Worshipped In Shravan Month
The materials for worshipping Him: Gangajal, akshat (uncooked rice), flowers, Panchamrut (made of milk, curd, honey, ghee and sugar), Nadachari (kalava, colourful thread), Yagyopavit, fruits, sweets, incense (agarbatti), dhoop.
While worshipping Lord Shiva, be seated facing the East. Thereafter, take some water in the right hand and make your wish. Meditate on Lord Shiva. Then, pour pure water over the Shivling. Pour the panchamrut on the Shivling and keep reciting the mantra Om Namah Shivaya. Then once again pour water over the Shivling and offer Akshat (uncooked rice) to the Shivling. Thereafter, place the sacred thread and Bel Patra and put the agarbatti (incense sticks). Offer sweets to the Lord and seek forgiving for the wrong deeds.
Inauspicious Things In Worshipping Lord Shiva
There are some things which are considered inauspicious if used in the worship of Lord Shiva. Let us now know about them:
Sindur or Kumkum: Scriptures tell us that we should not put kumkum or roli on the Shivling. Lord Shiva is a renunciant and destroyer, so it’s wrong to worship him with sindoor. Rather sandalwood paste is used to worship him.
Tulsi: Normally, Tulsi is considered very auspicious but putting Tulsi on Lord Shiva is prohibited. It is believed that Lord Shiva had killed the husband of Tulsi, demon Jaalandhar. So, Tulsi is not put on Lord Shiva’s idol. There is another story that Lord Vishnu had accepted Tulsi as his wife. So, Tulsi leaves are not offered to Lord Shiva.
Shankh (Conch shell): Lord Shiva had killed a demon called Shankhchood. Shankh is the symbol of this demon. That is why water is not offered to Lord Shiva in a Shankh.
The Ramakrishna Order, with headquarters in Kolkata, is one of the largest and most respected religious orders in India today. The Order was inspired by the great Indian saint, Ramakrishna. Shortly before his death in 1886, Ramakrishna encouraged his young disciples to formally renounce the world by giving them the ochre cloth of renunciation. He entrusted the care of these young men to his foremost disciple, Swami Vivekananda, who later, in 1897, founded the Ramakrishna Order.
The Ramakrishna Order was formed along two parallel lines:
The Ramakrishna Math, which is primarily dedicated to spiritual development, and
the Ramakrishna Mission, which is dedicated to social service. In a sense these twin efforts cannot be separated, since the motto of the Ramakrishna Order has been since its inception: “Liberation for oneself and service to mankind.” There are over 166 official centers of the Ramakrishna Order, and many more unofficial, or unaffiliated ones. These centers not only cover the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent, but can also be found in Europe, Russia, Japan, South America, Africa, Canada and the United States.
Those branches of the Ramakrishna Order located outside India are generally known as Vedanta Societies, and are under the spiritual guidance of the Ramakrishna Order. The work of the Vedanta Societies in the West has primarily been devoted to spiritual and pastoral activities, though many of them do some form of social service. On the Indian subcontinent, the Ramakrishna Mission has been in the forefront of philanthropic activities. Its first social service efforts—inspired by Swami Vivekananda—began in 1897. Since that time, the Mission’s activities have continued to expand up to the present day.
The Ramakrishna Mission has its own hospitals, charitable dispensaries, maternity clinics, tuberculosis clinics, and mobile dispensaries. It also maintains training centers for nurses. Orphanages and homes for the elderly are included in the Mission’s field of activities, along with rural and tribal welfare work.In educational activities, the Ramakrishna Mission has consistently been ahead of its time. It has developed some of the most outstanding educational institutions in India, having its own colleges, vocational training centers, high schools and primary schools, teachers’ training institutes, as well as schools for the visually handicapped.
It also has adult education centers throughout the county. Whenever disaster has struck, the Ramakrishna Mission has been there to offer relief from famine, epidemic, fire, flood, earthquake, cyclone, and communal disturbances.
Forth-Coming Religious Events 2018
|12th August, Sunday||Shravan Month – Starts||Panchayat Devata Pooja – Daily||18:00|
|17th August, Friday||Sheri Satam||Pooja||from 07:00|
|19th August, Sunday||Noli Nem||Pooja||from 07:00|
|3rd September, Monday||Krishna Janmashtami||Pooja and Bhajans||from 19:00|
|9th September, Sunday||Shravan Month – Last Day||Havan||18.00|
|13th September, Thursday||Ganapati Choth||Sthapan Pooja||20.00|
|15th September, Saturday||Ganesh Visarjan||Procession||15.30|
|30th September, Sunday||Samooh Shanti Havan||Havan for Ancestors||10.00|
|10th October, Wednesday||Navratri – Starts||Garba – Daily||20.00-22.00|
|17th October, Wednesday||Matani Athem||Havan||18.45|
|24th October, Wednesday||Sharad Poonam||Garba||20.00-22.00|
|7th November, Wednesday||Diwali|
|8th November, Thursday||Navu Varsh-New Year||New Year Havan||05.30|
|8th November, Thursday||Navu Varsh-New Year||Annakoot Aarti||12.00|
|18th November, Sunday||Garba for Tulsi Vivah||Garba||19.30-21.00|
|18th November, Sunday||Mandir’s 44th Anniversary||Flag Hoistng|
|19th November, Monday||Tulsi Vivah||Tulsi Vivah||17.00|
|18th December, Tuesday||Geeta Jayanti||Recital in Sanskrit (all 18 chapters)||from 18;00 onwards|
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