💦🌸🍃 the legend of Shravan/Sawan Month.🍃🌸💦 The Hindu scriptures relates a very important legend regarding the Shravan month. It has been described in the Shiva Purana. The episode is of Samudra Manthan. In fact, the Samudra Manthan is a very important episode as per the Puranas. “Samudra Manthan” is the churning of the milky ocean. It took place in the month of Shravan for the search of “Amrit.” (The Amrit is a drink that bestows eternal life to whosoever who drinks it.)
Asuras and Devas performed it. During the great churning, as much as 14 different rubies emerged from the ocean. From these 14 different rubies, thirteen rubies were divided among the Devas and the Asuras. The 14th ruby was Halahal. It was the deadliest poison which had the power to destroy the whole universe including every living being.
The Halahal was untouched by the Devas and Asuras. They approached Lord Shiva and begged before him. Shiva volunteered and consumed the whole Halahal. Devi Parvati rushed to press his Throat so that he doesn't drink Halahal. It was stored in Shivas throat. The Halahal was so poisonous that it turned His throat blue. Thus Lord Shiva came to be known as “Neelkantha", one with a blue throat.
The effect of the poison was enormous. All the Devas offered water from the holy River Ganges to Lord Shiva to reduce the effects of the poison. These events took place in the holy month of Shravan. It is therefore considered very auspicious to offer Ganga jal, holy water to Lord Shiva in this month. Shiva's drinking of poison to save the Devas and Asuras is seen as Lord Shiva bearing the sins of his devotees while protecting them from harm. 💦🌸🍃 Solah Somwar Significance 🍃🌸💦 Solah Somwar vrats are observed for 16 Mondays, starting from the first Monday or Somwar of the Sawan month. Monday is a day devoted to the worship of Lord Shiva. Similarly, all Tuesdays in the Sawan month, also known as Mangalwar, are dedicated to Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva’s consort. The fasting observed on Tuesday’s during this period is known as Mangal Gauri Vrat. 💦🌸🍃 Kanwar Yatra 🍃🌸💦 The Kanwar Yatra, stretching over 100 km, also takes place during the holy Sawan month.