I knew it was shraavan meditation time . When I was sitting out on the deck swing this morning and the rain drops started falling on me with the sky full of dark clouds, my heart just wanted to meditate and not get up. (Quiet meditation). Yes it is the first day of The month of Shraavan has always been one of my favorites as it starts all the religious festivities of the season.
In Gujrati we call it : Shraavan naa saravdaa – શ્રાવણ નાં સરવડા means shraavan brings light showers.
In Marathi we have a really short and sweet poem from my childhood school days that is embedded in my mind since and always reminded by my brother it goes like this: “Shraavan maase harsha maanasi hiravad daate chohi kade, kshanaat padti sar sar dhaaraa kshanaata firuni uuna padey.” श्रावण मासी हर्ष मानसी हिरावाड दाते चोही कडे क्षणात पडती सर सर धारा क्षणात फिरुनी ऊन पडे. (it means my heart fills happy in the month of Shraavan as there is greenery all around and it would rain showers the one minute and the next we see bright sunshine).
We are also lucky enough to see quite a few rainbows in India (Mumbai) during this season. My of my other favorites nature’s colorful bounty.
So….Most importantly the Mondays Shri Shivji temple visits and offering the milk to the lingam.Tomorrow starts the first shraavan somvaar for this year. 2014. Shraavan Monday. So if you have read one of my earlier blogs, it is considered very auspicious to offer milk on Mondays of the month of Shraavan and fast if possible.
So let’s get ready for the fasting of Shraavan if we can but if not we can still chant all the hymns, prayers, chants and prayers of our beloved Lord Shiva. Visit the Shri Shivji’s page tab for ore and the fasting recipes on my recipes blog if you are fasting during this month. Fasting then and now is available to get tips and process I feel helpful for today’s modern lifestyle. Om Namah Shivaay!!!
- Dwaadash Jyotirlingaani,
- Shiv manas pooja,
- Shiv lingaashtakam
- Shri shiv mahimna Stotrum
- Shivji’s aarti
They are also available on the Lord Shiv a page tab
Any and all of these work. Please try to share and pass it on to the next generation.
Do the best you can during this very religious, auspicious month of Shraavan.