ॐ नमो भगवते रुद्राय
People call him BolaBhandari but he is capable of destroying the world with his dance.
Third God in the Hindu Triumvirate. This triumvirate consists of the gods who are responsible for creating, keeping up, and destruction of the worlds. Where Bahram is the creator, Vishnu is the to upkeep the world Shiva got the power to destroy it.
He is known for helping others and keeping up his promise at any cost. His wife Parvati is to keep balanced and stable. Shiva is known to have untamed passion, which leads him to extremes in behaviour. Sometimes he is an ascetic, abstaining from all wordy pleasures. At others, he is a hedonist. While other gods are represented with lavish surroundings, Shiva is dressed in simple animal skin in a yogic position. His wife Parvati sits next to him to show equivalence in their relationship.
Representation of Shiva is very simple, his neck and face are in blue colour, and the rest of the body is in white but now in most of this representation, the whole body is in blue colour.
The got the Third eye on his forehead showcases immense knowledge and wisdom with untamed energy. The third eye is also considered as the point of anger, if anyone distracts him from his meditation his eye opens out of anger, he can destroy the world. It is very tough to calm him down, and Goddess Parvati can do it.
The Cobra necklace states his power over the most dangerous creatures. It signifies his power of destroying and rebuilding the world and as the snake sheds his skin to get the soft skin.
The Trident, the three-pronged trident represents the three functions of the Hindu triumvirate.
According to the Hindu calendar, it is one of the most auspicious months; this comes every year between July and August. It is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar. All Mondays falling during the Sawan month are considered to be extremely significant, as Monday is the day when Lord Shiva is worshipped.
Shravan Maas is considered one of the most auspicious months, and a highly holistic month makes thousands of devotees perform ceremonies. It is considered the best month, to begin with, new business, and perform all rituals.
Why Savan month is important?
According to holistic theories, in the massive battle between gods and demons, demons got the victory and their leader King Bali started to rule the universe. To get a solution to this problem, all gods reach the keeper of Universe Vishnu. He advised them all to join hands with the Demon to Churn the Ocean and get nectar which will resolve all the problems. At the time of Samudra Manthan (Churning of Ocean) all goods and bad products came out, out of it one was Halahala (Poison).
The poison was so toxic that it can destroy all creations. Lord Vishnu informed all gods that only Lord Shiva can save them from this destruction. After hearing the pleas of all gods Lord Shiva came to rescue and decided to drink the poison.
Goddess Parvati panicked, but Shiva assured her that he wouldn't die. He stored the poison in his neck, and which turned it into blue. This is the reason he is also known as Neelkanth.
To reduce the effect and pain of Shiva from poison, all devas offered him holy water. As Lord Shiva saves the World, his devotees perform rituals and pray to him to save the world as he always does and protects them from all Danger and disease.
As a part of ritual people carry water from rivers in India and offer it to Shivalinga to the nearest temple. As a part of Abhishek (coronation) water of the river Ganga is used. To complete this ritual devotee walks barefoot from their state to Haridwar; they carry special Shravan images of Lord Shiva and sing special Saavn songs.
While the month is considered auspicious, every Monday is considered holy. Many Hindus during this month observe fasting, especially on Mondays, which are dedicated to Lord Shiva and are known as ‘ShravanSomvar Vrat.’ Whereas Tuesdays are dedicated to Goddess Parvati in Savan and fast on Tuesday are known as MangalaGaurivrat.
Official Writer - Honey Arora