Jamshedpur, July 6: Devotees paid obeisance to Lord Shiva on the first Monday of Shravan at their homes in view of pandemic COVID-19. The usual rush at the Shiv temples was missing this time. ‘Shrawan Somvar’ is considered one of the holiest devotees who offer ‘bel patri’ and milk to the Lord. The devotees offered milk, honey, sandalwood paste and leaves of wood apple on ‘shivalingas’. Some temples in the city also went live on social media to help devotees witness the rituals being performed at the temples.
Maintaining social distancing and wearing masks several priests performed rituals at the temples indoors.
Noted astrologer Kalyan Mishra says, “it is said that lord Shiva showers blessings on all those who remember him with true heart. This is one of the reasons that motivates lakhs of shiva devotees especially kanwariyas to travel hundreds of kilometres on bare foot and offer prayers at the shiva ‘jyotirlinga’.
Ravindranath Chaturvedi, a priest, said the month of monsoon is considered to be very sacred for Hindu devotees.
The first Monday in the Sawan is having a great importance among Hindus. Sawan is the fifth month of Hindu calendar. There are three types of fasts that can be kept on Mondays. These include fasting on Mondays, Solah somvar (fasting on sixteen consecutive mondays) and Pradosh fast. Any one of these fasts should be started from the first Monday of the Sawan month. According to beliefs, worshipping Lord Shiva on this day provides a person with wealth.
On this occasion, thousands of devotees are likely to visit city temples to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and Goddess Gauri. The month is governed by the star Shravan, hence it is called Shravan and is popularly called Sawan. Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset. It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month.
Monday (July 6) is a very special day for all the devotees of Lord Shiva. According to the Hindu calendar followed by the people in north India, today is the first Somwar (Monday) of the highly auspicious Shravan month. In the month of Shravan, devotees observe fast, pray to Lord Shiva, take part in charitable activities and remain devoted to the divine.
Mondays, for a month, are specifically dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees observe fast and visit temples to offer milk, water, and bilva leaves to the almighty. A number of devotees (both married and unmarried women) initiate their 16 Somvar vrat on the first Monday of the Shravan month.