During Shravan month, the Nakshatra Shravan is the ruling Star on full Moon day and therefore this month has been named as Shravan. As such, this entire month is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipping him during this month is said to bring most Auspicious results and blessings of Lord Shiva. Many people observe fast for this entire month and make offerings to Lord Shiva everyday. A large number of people get various Pujas for Lord Shiva performed during this period which gives very auspicious results as per our ancient texts and scripts.
Shravan Month 2019 :
Shravan month for Northern States of India like Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar :
Shravan month for these states will start from Wednesday, 17th of July 2019 and will end on Thursday, 15th of August 2019. Shravan Somvar Vrat will be observed on every Monday i.e. on 22nd July, 29th July, 5th August and 12th August.
Shravan month for Southern & Western States of India like Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka & Tamil Nadu :
Shravan month for these states will start from Friday, 2nd of August 2019 and will end on Friday, 30th of August 2019. Shravan Somvar Vrat will be observed on every Monday i.e. 5th of August, 12th of August, 19th of August and 26th of August.
This entire period will be very auspicious for Lord Shiva Devotees and almost everyone of them will observe fast either for the entire month or atleast on every Monday which falls during this period.
The other Auspicious days and festivals in the Shravan month 2019 are as follows :
1st of August - Hariyali Amavasya
3rd of August - Hariyali Teej
5th of August - Naag Panchami
15th of August - Raksha Bandhan
24th of August - Krishna Janmashtami
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 :
s 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.
s If fasting everyday is not possible, then atleast every person should keep fast on every Mondays of Shravan month.
s Wearing a Rudraksha during this month is also considered very auspicious.
s A person should recite Maha Mrityunjay Mantra for as many times as possible.
Maha Mrityunjay Mantra :
" Om Trayambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti Vardhanam
Urwarukmivbandhanaan Mrityormuksheey Maamritaat "