A “Virtual” Tour Of Fascinating Shiva Temples During Sawan

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The month of Sawan is very dear to Lord Shiva. During such a period, devotees of Bholenath make every effort to please Mahadev to gain his grace and blessings. It is highly believed that appeasing Lord Shiva is comparatively easy. Hence on this occasion, let us know some interesting facts about Lord Shiva, Sawan month and temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. This year, the month of Shravan has begun from 6 July 2020 and will end on 3 August 2020. Said to be a major coincidence, the month of Sawan this year starts and ends on Sawan Somwar.

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According to the Puranas, worshipping Bhole Shankar, performing his Abhishek, chanting Shiva Stuti and mantra in Sawan has high significance. Lord Shiva fulfils all the wishes of the devotee who observes the fast of Monday during the month of Sawan. The month of Sawan is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees worship him with great reverence throughout this month. According to the Hindu Panchang, Masik Shivratri falls on the Chaturdashi Tithi during the Krishna Paksha every month, but Shivratri in the month of Sawan holds great significance.

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Significance of Sawan Somwar Fast

In Hinduism, the month of Sawan holds high significance. It is that time of the year when greenery covers almost every part of the world. As per the beliefs about the month dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Shiva prominently bears the responsibility as the “Nurturer” of the world for the period of four months beginning from Devshayani Ekadashi when Lord Vishnu falls into a deep sleep. This is why venerating Mahadev and his family during this time is of high prominence.

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Sawan Somwar: Importance & Dates 

Somwar or Monday in the month of Sawan is considered special for worshipping Lord Shiva. According to Hindu beliefs, revering Shiva Lingam on Sawan Sonwar helps tp attain special blessings of Lord Shiva. To get the desired life partner, unmarried girls fast on this day.

This year, the month of Shravan starts from 06-July 2020. Apart from this, we are giving you the list of other Shravan Somwar occurring this year.

  • 06 July 2020, First Sawan Somwar
  • 13 July 2020, Second Sawan Somwar
  • 20 July 2020, Third Sawan Somwar
  • 27 July 2020, Fourth Sawan Somwar
  • 03 August 2020, Fifth Sawan Somwar, Last Day Of Sawan 

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Remedies During Sawan Month To Get Rid Of Diseases

  • During the month of Shravan, wake up early in the morning.
  • Add two drops of Gangajal in your water and take a bath. 
  • After this, wear fresh and clean clothes. 
  • Put Poli, Moli, Incense, Diya, White Sandalwood, White Janeu, Kaleva, Yellow-colored Fruits, White-colored Sweets, Gangajal & Panchamrit etc. in the puja plate.
  • Pay an early visit to the temple and worship Lord Shiva as per the rituals.
  • Light a Diya using Cow Ghee, incense sticks and recite the Shiva Chalisa while sitting on an Asana.
  • In case you are suffering from any illness, you must chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra at least 108 times.
  • While returning to your home, remember Bholenath, say your prayers and mention your wishes in front of Him. Amid Corona times, since you have to abide by the guidelines regarding social distancing, you can perform all these rituals within your house itself.
  • Devotees of Shiva organize the Kanwar Yatra, during which they travel for miles to bring back the Gangajal and perform the Rudrabhishek. However this year, the Kanwar Yatra has been cancelled due to the ongoing global pandemic and related health risks.

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Attain The Blessings Of Shiva With These Shiva Temples

Amid Corona times, let us take a “virtual” stroll through some of the famous and magnificent Shiva temples where Lord Shiva resides:

  • Kedarnath Temple (Uttarakhand)

It is believed that whosoever visits this temple of Lord Shiva attains Moksha or Salvation. This temple of Bholenath situated in the lap of the Himalayas has been hailed as one of the Twelve Jyotirlingas. It is also considered as a part of the Char Dham and Panch Kedar. (Click here to read some miraculous facts of this temple)

  • Linga-Raj Mandir (Bhuvneshwar)

Beautiful carvings and extremely magnificent, this temple is said to have been built in the 10th or 11th century. The Linga-Raj Temple is dedicated to Harihara, a form of Lord Shiva.

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  • Amarnath Cave (Amarnath)

Amarnath Cave holds special importance among the devotees of Lord Shankar. Let us tell you that Lord Shiva himself blessed Maa Parvati with the knowledge of immortality in the Amarnath Cave. (Click here to read some secrets related to the Amarnath Cave)

  • Ghrishneshwar Mahadev Temple (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

This temple is considered to be the last Jyotirlinga amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas dedicated to Lord Shiva. (Click here to gain complete information about all Jyotirlingas)

  • Kailash Mandir (Aurangabad, Maharashtra)

Every minute effort has been made to design the Kailash Temple in the shape of the Mount Kailasha of the Himalayas. It is said that the construction for this temple went on for nearly 150 years to complete. Witnessing the beauty of the temple, the time period taken for its construction seems legit. (Click here to know more about this temple)

  • Arunachaleshwar Mandir (Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu)

This temple is widely recognized among devotees. It is said that whoever wishes for something with a true heart in this temple gets his/her desires fulfilled by Lord Shiva himself. (Read in detail about seven temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.)

  • Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga (Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh):

About this temple, it is widely believed that Lord Shiva visits this temple to rest. (Click here to know more about this temple)

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  • Jatoli Shiva Temple (Himachal Pradesh)

This beauty of this Temple located in Himachal Pradesh is impossible to explain in words. Along with exhibiting a beautiful aura, it is known to be the country’s tallest temple.  (Click here to know more about this temple)

  • Annamalaiyar Temple (Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu)

One of the magnificent structures known for its grand size is the Annamalaiyar temple at Tiruvannamalai. This beautiful temple tops the list of famous Shiva temples in Tamil Nadu.

  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Uttar Pradesh)

Kashi Vishwanath Temple, located in the holy city of Varanasi, is a very popular Shiva temple in India and visited by pilgrims throughout the year. (Click here to know more about this temple)

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Special Connection Between Sawan Month & Lord Shani

Actually, to understand the relationship between Shani Dev and the month of Sawan, you have to be first aware of the relationship Shani Dev and Lord Shiva share. According to popular beliefs, Lord Shankar, the one revered by the whole world, adopted Shani Dev as his disciple. That is, Bholenath and Shani Dev shared a Teacher-Disciple relationship, due to which venerating Lord Shani in the month of Sawan holds high importance.

How to worship Shani Dev and Lord Shiva in the month of Sawan? In what way can both the deities be appeased to attain their blessings? What are the puja rituals? In case you have several such questions, you can click here and read our details answer, which will resolve every doubt.

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Special Shiva Mantras To Venerate The Mahadev

Chanting Shiva Mantra has been considered the easiest and most effective way to please Lord Shiva. It is said that by chanting the mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Mahadev soon show his kindness on the devotees and shower them with happiness and prosperity in life. The mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva is powerful enough to empower someone to lead a kingly life, gain intellect and become stronger.

In such a case, include these Shiv Mantras while performing the Sawan Somwar puja rituals:

  • Most Popular Mantra To Venerate Lord Shiva

 “ॐ नमः शिवाय”

 “oṃ namaḥ śivāya”

  • Shiv Beej Mantra

“ह्रौं”

“hrauṃ”

  • Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra

“ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्। उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात्॥”

“oṃ tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam। urvārukamiva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt॥”

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  • Shiv Gayatri Mantra

‘ॐ तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि तन्नो रुद्र: प्रचोदयात।’

‘oṃ tatpuruṣāya vidmahe mahādevāya dhīmahi tanno rudra: pracodayāta।’

  • Shri Shiv Panchakshar Stotram

“नागेंद्रहाराय त्रिलोचनाय भस्मांग रागाय महेश्वराय

नित्याय शुद्धाय दिगंबराय तस्मै न काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

मंदाकिनी सलिल चंदन चर्चिताय नंदीश्वर प्रमथनाथ महेश्वराय

मंदारपुष्प बहुपुष्प सुपूजिताय तस्मै म काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

शिवाय गौरी वदनाब्जवृंद सूर्याय दक्षाध्वरनाशकाय

श्री नीलकंठाय वृषभद्धजाय तस्मै शि काराय नम: शिवाय:॥

अवन्तिकायां विहितावतारं मुक्तिप्रदानाय च सज्जनानाम्।

अकालमृत्यो: परिरक्षणार्थं वन्दे महाकालमहासुरेशम्।।”

“nāgeṃdrahārāya trilocanāya bhasmāṃga rāgāya maheśvarāya

nityāya śuddhāya digaṃbarāya tasmai na kārāya nama: śivāya:॥

maṃdākinī salila caṃdana carcitāya naṃdīśvara pramathanātha maheśvarāya

maṃdārapuṣpa bahupuṣpa supūjitāya tasmai ma kārāya nama: śivāya:॥

śivāya gaurī vadanābjavṛṃda sūryāya dakṣādhvaranāśakāya

śrī nīlakaṃṭhāya vṛṣabhaddhajāya tasmai śi kārāya nama: śivāya:॥

avantikāyāṃ vihitāvatāraṃ muktipradānāya ca sajjanānām।

akālamṛtyo: parirakṣaṇārthaṃ vande mahākālamahāsureśam।।”

(We have mentioned only a handful of Shiv Mantras here. You can click here to know about more significant Shiva Mantras such as Shiv Tandav Stotram, Shivashtak etc.)

Fasts & Festivals In The Month Of Sawan

08 July Sankashti Chaturthi This fast is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and observed for the fulfilment of desires and wishes. 
16 July Kamika Ekadashi This Ekadashi falls during Krishna Paksha in the month of Sawan.
18 July Sawan Shivratri Although Shivratri falls every month, Shivratri in the month of Sawan holds high significance.
20 July Somwati Amavasya Somwati or Hariyali Amavasya is considered the best for carrying out ancestral deeds or deeds related to Pitra.
23 July Hariyali Teej  On this auspicious day, married women fast for the longevity of their husbands.
25 July Nag Panchami Snakes or Serpents are ritually worshipped and offered milk on this day,
30 July Shravan Putrada Ekadashi This fast is observed by natives to get blessed by a boy.
31 July Var Laxmi Vrat This fast is associated with Maa Laxmi and considered the best.
03 August Raksha Bandhan This festival signifies the beautiful relationship shared between a brother and a sister and falls on the last Sawan Somwar this year.

We hope that this article written on Shiv Temples, Sawan Somwar and related topics will prove to be helpful in every way for you. Thank you very much for being a part of AstroSage.

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