Fasting on Sawan Shivratri – In Hindu religion Sawan Shivratri is a major festival, known as Shivratri. It is an auspicious day of fasting. This Year Sawan Shivratriit is celebrated on 09th August 2018.
According to Hindu scriptures, Lord Shiva incarnated on Lord Bramha’s plea at the beginning of earth’s evolution, in the middle of the night on this day. It is believed that universal dissolution would happen on this day at pradoshkaal with the blaze of Lord Shiva third eye that he will open while performing Tandav (a dance form).
This is why people celebrate this day of fasting on Sawan Shivratri. The three eyed Lord Shiva bestow his blessing to the complete mankind with a very little worship done by them. Lord Shiva married goddess Gaura, the mother of all three realms.
He is always surrounded by his devotees’ who were demons and ghosts. Lord Shiva whose form is of a Kapali, bestow his blessings to devotees’ in this form only. Splendid Ganges is in his elflocks; and Lord Shiva takeaway all the troubles and miseries from his devotee’s life.
Method of fasting on Sawan Shivratri
You should get over with your daily chores and meditation and begin fasting early in the morning. After worshiping lord Ganesha and other deities Lord Shiva should be worshiped with five elements defined in . Make a Shivling of quicksilver, Mritika or mud and then do its ablution with fresh water, holy water of Ganges and milk.
It is written in Shivpuran that on Shivratri Lord Shiva’s ablution and worship at mid night is very fruitful along with recitation of Rudrashtdhyayi (mythological book). Lord Shiva should be worshiped with solemn vow and contemplatively.
The Shivling, in which you have performed Lord Shiva’s invocation, should drift in the holy water of Ganges.You can also avoid it by worshiping a consecrate Shivling in a Hindu temple. In this way we complete the ceremonial of celebrating Sawan Shivratri and then lord Shiva bestow happiness and prosperity to his devotees.
Mythological story behind Sawan Shivratri fasting
It is said that once goddess Parvati (Gaura) asked Lord Shiva about a fast (vrat) which can get Lord Shiva’s benignity instantly to the mankind. In response to her question Lord Shiva told her about Sawan Shivratri Vrat and narrated a story.
There was a huntsman in a village. He used to kill animals regularly to feed and sustain his family. He had also borrowed money from a moneylender and failed to repay on time. As a punishment, the angry moneylender confiscated him in Lord Shiva’s temple.
Incidentally that day was Sawan Shivratri. The huntsman attentively kept listening to sacred wordings related to Lord Shiva. He also listened to Shiva saga on chaturdashi (the next day). Now the moneylender called him in the evening and talked about his loan to him, the huntsman promised to defray it completely on the next day and freed himself.
The next day, as usual he went to the forest for hunting. He was very hungry and thirsty. He climbed the Marmelos fruit tree near a pond to hunt. There was a shivling under that tree, covered with its own leaves.
The huntsman could not see it but as he climbed the tree some more leaves fell on the shivling. So unknowingly he was fasting and offered Marmelos leaves on shivling which impressed lord Shiva and he absolved him of his bad deeds and bestow blessings moreover he was counted as a true devotee of lord Shiva.
So, lord Shiva gets satisfied quickly with his devotees’ offerings and that is why he is also known as ‘Ashutosh’. Whoever in the mankind follows this sacred fasting of Sawan Shivratri does not see any scarcity in life, in other words ha has abundance of everything and has a prosperous life.