“Shraavana” a month in the Hindu calendar, between July and August. In the month of Shraavana, a mela is organized every year called “Shravani Mela”. As I said in another blog to visit the Baba Baidyanath temple in this Shravani Mela, because of its mythological significance.
What Hindu mythology say?
The Hindu mythology tells the story of the ocean being churned by the asuras and devas, using the Mandara mountains range (in present-day Cameroon), lassoed by the serpent king Vasuki. According to the story, the churning produced 14 different types of rubies, 12 of which were given to demons while one was given to Lord Shiva,i.e., walahal a poisonous drink that turned Lord Shiva blue. The other gods panicked and gave him water to nullify the effect of poison and this worked although he remained blue.
Why Shravani Mela is so famous?
Talking about the Shravani Mela it is not just famous in India but all over the world, because of the number of devotees and their dedication to Lord Shiva.
Every year these months millions of pilgrims visit this shrine every year. About 8 to 10 million devotees visit this place from various parts of the country and offer holy water of Ganges to the deity collected from Sultanganj which is almost 108 km from Deoghar and Baidyanath. The water is also brought by the Kanvarias, who carry the water in Kavadi and walk all the distance barefoot. You will find large crowds walking all the way from Sultanganj or various parts of the country. An unbroken line of people in saffron-dyed clothes stretches over the full 108 km for the month. Chanting “Bol Bam” “Bol Bam”
On the other hand, a pilgrim called “Dak Bam” and they do not stop even once in their journey from Sultanganj, located at Bhagalpur district to Baidyanatha. Pilgrims to the temple later visit the Basukinath Temple.
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