07 August 2013

Significance and importance of Sravana Masam

Sraavana Maasam popularly known as Sawan in Hindi, is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar. It is one of the most important and auspicious months for Hindus. It is the most enjoyable month which is is full of festivals and festive celebrations. And of course rains which enhance the beauty of Mother Nature. It coincides with the Gregorian month of August.

Sravana masam is the most awaited month for Hindus. The month is highly auspicious for performing social functions like marriages, gruhapravesam (house-warming ceremony, upanayanam (thread ceremony) etc.

The month derived it's name from Sravana Nakshatram which is the birth star of Lord Vishnu. Hence the month highly auspicious and very dear to Goddess Lakshmi Devi (wife of Lord Vishnu). Hindu women specially worship Goddess Mahalakshmi on four Fridays of the month for a happy and prosperous life.

The second Friday of the month i.e the Friday before full moon day of the month is the most important one and women perform Varalakshmi Vratam on this auspicious day by decorating the goddess in a special way.

In addition to four Fridays of the month, the four Tuesdays of the month are equally important for newly married women. They perform Sravana Mangala Gowri Nomu / Vratam and specially worship Mangala Gowri Devi on 4 Tuesdays for a prosperous / blissful married life and for a healthy / long life of husband. This vratam is performed particularly by the Brahmin community.

The full moon day of the month is very auspicious and important. This day is known as Sraavana Pournami. Raksha Bandhan - a festival that strengthens the brother-sister relationship - is celebrated on this day mostly in North India. In South India, it is known as Janjaala Pournami as the men who wear the sacred thread perform upakarma and wear new sacred thread on this day.

Janmaastami - the birth day of Lord Krishna - is yet another important festival which is celebrated in the month of Sraavan.

The entire month is full of festivity and the Hindus remain themselves busy celebrating the festivals one after the other. Mostly, the Hindu month of Sraavan falls in the month of August and Indian Independence Day which is celebrated on August 15 every year falls in Sraavana Maasam.

The month of Sawan is very dear to the people in North as it is monsoon time and people enjoy the rains which enhance the beauty of nature.