Worshipping Lord Shiva during the month of August is considered most auspicious during Shravana, the holiest month in the Hinduscriptures and is extremely powerful because he is in a more kind, forgiving mood and will bless those who honor him. According to Hindu belief, if you worship with a pure, devoted heart during Shravan Maas, your veneration will reach the ears and heart of Lord Shiva and he will bless you.To gain prosperity and home blessings of Lord Shiva, Shiv Purana recommends bringing these items into your home:
- Rudraksh – these represent the sacred tears of Lord Shiva that fell on Earth, turning into the seeds of Rudraksh that grew into a fruit tree. The fruit seeds or beads are the Rudraksh’s commonly used in mala bead jewelry.
- Bhasma – a calcinated form of ash is applied to an artifact of Shivlinga to attract his blessings. Lord Shiva wears bhasma all over his body to signify his soulful connection with the dead. In Ayurveda, bhasma is a medicinal treatment used for critical ailments affecting the body.
- Gangajal – Lord Shiva honored the holy river Ganges by using the water in his hair. It is said that Lord Shiva brought the Ganges to Earth, and blessed her, making her water holy and sanctified. Having holy or blessed water in your kitchen brings the Gangajal energy to your home and worshiping Lord Shiva with the sacred water is considered highly auspicious.
- Trishul – Lord Shiva’s weapon is the Trident, used to instill humility among man and destroy evil. Placing a trident made of copper or silver in your living room brings luck and wards off evil. Having a trident in your home is a sign that Lord Shiva is the home guardian.
- Copper Container – Keeping a copper jar or container in the busiest area of your home where everyone spends most of their time (kitchen, living room or family room common areas) will bring in blessings from Lord Shiva of loving kindness and instill an inflowing cool breeze of calmness and peace with your family.
- Damru – Lord Shiva uses a ‘Damru’ or drum to calm negative vibrations. Keep a ‘damru’ in your children’s room to keep away negative vibrations and distractions while also keeping them safe from malevolent spirits.
- Nandi, the Bull – Lord Shiva has a beloved bull, Nandi, who relays devotees prayers, wishes, and desires to Lord Shiva. A silver or copper bull brought into the home is said to bring prosperity, especially when displayed near valuables.
- Nag Snake – Wearing a ‘Nag Snake’ around his neck as a symbol of controlling the senses, Lord Shiva’s ‘Nag’ is an integral part of Lord Shiva himself. Having a Nag made of copper or silver at the main entrance will diminish life’s hurdles and it is said that ‘no more troubles will ever come your way.
How can you celebrate and honor Lord Shiva during the month of Shravana?
- Perform Abhishek – offer honey, ghee, and milk to attain wealth
- Apply holy ash to your forehead in honor of Lord Shiva. This symbolizes the purity of body, mind, and soul.
- Offer holy water to Lord Shiva
- Wear a Rudraksha beads for spiritual benefits. It is said that some attain freedom from disease, fear, and sorrows.
- Chant “Om Namah Shivaya” mantra 108 times
- Chant “Mahamrityunjaya” mantra 108 times every day to keep away troubles
May you experience the full blessings of Lord Shiva during this month of Shravana.
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