Sharavan is a month which heralds the onset of monsoon after the scorching heat of summer. The earth bursts with new shoots, trees are full of leaves and flowers,laden with fruit. Water is life and life pours down like rain symbolising new life, a new beginning.
The whole creation is a form of God and in the month of Shravan nature anoints mother earth with streams of water from above. We imitate the same act of nature as we pour water on the Shiva linga and feel grateful.
This period is also called Chaatur mass and traditionally all major activities are suspended and time is spent with the learned ones listening to knowledge and stories in praise of the divine. During Chaatur-mass monks, saints and mahatmas who roam from one place to another settle down in one village for the next four months. People gather around them to listen to wisdom, sing, feel happy and forget their pains, troubles and problems.The whole creation is a form of God and in the month of Shravan nature anoints mother earth with streams of water from above. We imitate the same act of nature as we pour water on the Shiva linga and feel grateful. Click To Tweet
Lord Shiva is the principal deity for the month of Sharavan as he symbolises absolute divinity. He is formless and omnipresent in every atom of creation. Shiva is a principle (Tattva) from where everything has come, everything is sustained in it, and everything dissolves into it. He is the master of the time and the only way to know him is through ‘Tapo yoga gamya’ (penance and yoga) and ‘Shruti Gyan Gamyah’ (shrutis that you hear deep in meditation).
When one takes refuge in the Shiva then the impact of time is minimized, both on the mind and on the body. So during sharavan as much as the cool showers quench the parched earth, wisdom and knowledge provides a balm for the mind. It soothes away the restlessness in the mind. Nature heals herself and celebrates and we also celebrate along with nature.