Devotees thronged temples dedicated to Lord Shiva across the city to commemorate the last Monday of the holy month of ‘Sawan’ (Shravan) to offer their prayers. Temples witnessed a huge number of devotees. Bhoj Temple saw rush of devotees throughout the day. Suresh Rai, a devotee said at Bhoj Temple said “I have been coming here for the past 5 years now. People from across several districts visit this temple every year to offer their prayers to Lord Shiva and perform special Puja and Jal Abhishek during the month of Sawan.
It is believed that this is one of the oldest temples here and devotees have a strong faith that their wishes will be fulfilled if they offer prayers here.” “I am visiting this temple for the first time on the last Monday of Sawan. As per religious belief, one’s wishes get fulfilled by offering prayers in this temple, that’s why I have come here today to offer prayers to Lord Shiva. I believe my wish will also come true.” Neelam, another devotee said.
Devotees were seen offering milk, Bilva leaves, water and ghee to Lord Shiva at the Mahadev Jharkhandi Temple today. Devotees also offered special puja, Jal Abhishek on the auspicious occasion of last Monday of Sawan.
Myriads of devotees thronged temples of Lord Shiva across the state with full fervour and gusto to commemorate second Monday of Sawan. A large number of devotees were seen queuing up outside the temples chanting religious mantras and eagerly waiting to offer prayers at the holy shrine.
“I have come to offer prayers to Lord Shiva today. Today is a really special day as it is ‘Sawan Pradosh’, which makes the last Monday of Sawan more significant for the devotees.” a devotee said. Shravan, the fifth month in the Hindu calendar, is considered to be the most auspicious month of the year. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva who, according to Hindu religious beliefs, is the creator, preserver, and destroyer of this universe.
While Lord Shiva is worshipped on Mondays throughout the year, Mondays during this particular month are considered highly significant and auspicious. The festival is predominantly celebrated in North Indian states. On these holy days, devotees worship Lord Shiva and seek his divine guidance. It is believed that on these ‘sawan ke somwar’ (Mondays falling in the month of Shravan), devotees observe a special fast and visit Shiva temples.