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Shravan 2013

The month of Shravan is considered one of the holiest months of the year as it comes with innumerable religious festivals and ceremonies. Almost every day of the month is considered auspicious. Devotees observe this month by fasting with one meal every day for the duration of the month.
 
Every Monday during the month of Shravan is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees observe strict fasting on Mondays and it is particularly significant for women. Unmarried women observe this fast to be blessed with finding a good husband. Married women observe this fast for the long life of their husband. Observing this fast also ensures a long and happy marital life. Abhishek Pooja will take place at the Shree RadheShyam Mandir every Monday from 08h00 to 09h00 in the morning & 17h30 to 18h30 in the afternoon.
 
Bhajan Sessions for Shravan will be held by SHS and SYM at the Shree RadheShyam Mandir every Saturday for the month of Shravan directly after the evening Aarti.

Important dates during the holy month of Shravan 

 

Shravan Starts

Wednesday, 7th August

 




India Independence Day

Thursday, 15th August 

 

Nag Panchami

Monday, 12th August

 

 

Raksha Bandhan

Wednesday, 21st August

 

 

Shitala Satam

Wednesday, 14th August

 

 

Krishna Janmasthami

Wednesday, 28th August

 

 

Nori Nem

Thursday, 15th August

 

 

Shravan Ends

Thursday, 5th September

 

Shravan – A story from the Ramayan

The story of Shravana Kumar depicts the dedicated service to parents. It dates back to time of King Dasaratha's rule.

A young Brahmin boy named Shravana Kumar lived in Dasaradha's kingdom. He is the only son of his parents, who both are very old, blind and weak in physical strength. As a dutiful son Shravana Kumar used to take care of his parents by providing with every need. He is very devoted son and as he knows his parents might face trouble if he were to leave them.

During those days transportation was not easily available and at the same time was very costly and as a result Shravan Kumar could not afford transport facilities for his parents. Under such circumstances, he decided to buy two large baskets and put his parents into the baskets and then carry them on his shoulder.

One day his parents told him that they wanted him to take them to the various places of pilgrimage. This could make them fully satisfied and give them abundant peace of mind. It is a typical Hindu belief that a pilgrimage to the various shrines and holy places undertaken in old age, purifies the soul. As a dutiful son, Sharavana Kumar, undertook the mission to satisfy the desire of pilgrimage requested by his parents.

Shravana Kumar was travelling through forest carrying his parents and due to length of journey and heat of summer his parents are thirsty and asked son to provide some water. Shravana Kumar placed the baskets containing both his parents under shade of a tree and went to the nearest pond to fetch water.

At that time King Dasaratha, who came for pleasure hunting expedition to the same forest, listened to the noise near the pond. He mistook the noise to be caused by a deer drinking water, shot an arrow in the direction of the noise which hit Shravana Kumara.

Realizing the grave mistake committed the king rushed to the spot and found the brahmin boy reaching his last breathe. Shravana Kumar explained his parents position, requested the King to quench the thirst of his parents who are rested under the tree.

Dasaratha has fetched the water from the pond and offered the water to the parents of Shravana Kumar. Unable to hear the familiar voice of their beloved son and realizing that it is not their son who fetched the water for them, the old couple enquired the whereabouts of their son.

When Dasaratha narrated how the hastiness of his action resulted in the death of their son, Shravana Kumar's mother died immediately of a heart attack. Sharavan Kumar's father died few moments later, cursing Dasaratha to meet similar death after being separated from his beloved son.

King Dasaratha who is childless at that point of time had mixed feelings. He felt sad for being responsible for the death of a family by his action. He at the same time reflected and felt happy a bit that in order for the curse to come true, he would be blessed with a son. Years later Dasaratha meets death when separated from his son Lord Rama.

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