Shravan Mass – Sawan Mahina called as Sravana Masam in telugu is considered most auspicious month, fifth month as per hindu calendar and it falls just after Ashada Masam ie. between july – august every year.
In telugu states people perform various social functions like Marriages, Gruhapravesam or House-warming Ceremony and other such functions like new business, ventures, assignments, work in this month.
Prayers and puja performed to Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi – wife of Lord Vishnu, Amma Parvathi – wife of Lord Shiva. It is also believed as birth month of goddess Kanaka Durga. Devotees also worship Sri Maha Vishnu and Lord Shiva during the month.
In Sravan month the ruling Star is Sravana Nakshatra and is also belived the birth star of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu.
Tuesday’s and friday’s are considered important days and has much significance in this month, Mondays of Sravana Masam is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Tuesdays to Gauri Devi, Fridays are dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi Devi.
Second Friday or friday that comes before Purnima-poornima (full moon) in Sravana Masam is considered to be more auspicious day and women perform Varalakshmi Vratham on this special day. Goddess Lakshmi Devi is worshipped in the form of Varalakshmi
Apart from friday tuesday’s also have its importance, Newly married women from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana perform Sravana Mangala Gowri Nomu / Vratam. Goddess Parvati Devi is worshipped in the form of Mangala Gowri and seek blessing for her family, good health of her husband and happy married life.
What Is Special On Sravana Masam
Monday : All four mondays puja rituals are performed to God Shiva
Tuesday : All four tuesdays pooja done to Gauri Devi
Friday : All four fridays pooja rituals are performed to Lakshmi Devi
Apart from these..
Important Festivals That Are Celebrated In This Auspicious Shravana Month Are :
Naga Panchami : It falls On Panchami Tithi of Shravan month, On this day people perform puja to naga devatha, it is believed that offering prayers to snakes or serpents on Nag Panchami day will be blessed with happiness, good fortune, health and wealth
Shravana Somavaram : Monday being the favorite day for lord shiva, It is good to observe fasting on all 4 mondays. Shravana Somavaram Vratam is also performed on these days.
Unmarried women who wants to get married will get benefit if she keeps fast in these auspicious days.
Mangala Gowri Vratham – Nomu : Shravana Mangala Gowri Puja is observed on tuesday’s and performed by married women to get blessings from mother parvati devi for a happy married life and longevity of her husband.
Sravana Shukravaram : Each friday in shravan month is auspicious to perform lakshmi pooja.
Varalakshmi Vratham : Varalakshmi puja can be performed on any friday but the most auspicious day is friday that comes before full moon day. This is the main reason to mention separately.
varalakshmi puja is done by married women by keeping fast and perform Vratham for good health, wealth, happiness and prosperity of her family.
Rakhi Pournami : It falls on full moon day in this month, also called as Sravana Pournami or Janjaala Pournami, Shravan Poornima. Raksha Bandhan is celebrated on this auspicious day. Sister’s tie thread to their brothers hand and pray for his brothers success, health and wealth in his life. Tying rakhi strengthens the bond between brothers and sisters.
Janmashtami : Krishna Janmashtami, Srikrishna Jayanti and Gokula Astami is celebrated as birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.