The main Shravan Puja is the worship of Shivling with Gangajal and Worship material also includes:- water, milk, curd, sugar, ghee, honey, clothes, Janeu, Roli, rice, flowers, Bel leaves, Bhang, Dhatura,lotus, Prasaad, Betle leaves, nuts, cloves, cardamom, dry fruits etc. Many Shiva devotees observe strict fast for the whole month of Sawan and many observe only on Mondays. People abide by different vows during the month like having only vegetarian food, reading a particular Holy Scripture on all days of the month. Worshipping lord Shiva on every Monday of this month fulfills all wishes of a person aslord Shiva can be easily pleased.
The person who observe the Monday fast of Shravan month, one Pradosh fast and Shivaratri fast attains the virtues received by visiting 12 Jyotirlingas.
Ladies observe the fast of 16 Monday’s (Solah Somwar), for the longevity of their married life and happiness of child. Unmarried girls observe this fast to get husband of their choice. Elders of family observe this fast for getting wealth, happiness, wellbeing of their children.
Use of Bel Leaves during Shiva Pujan :
Lord Shiva fulfills the wishes of his devotees, if worshipped with Bel leaves. It is believed, that Lord Shiva resides in the roots of Bel Patra tree. A person who gives water or Ganga Jal to the tree of Bel, he achieves the virtues of visiting all pilgrimages. He receives happiness in this Lok and goes to Shiva Lok after death. If Devotees perform Puja and Abhishek of lord Shiva by offering Bel leaf, sins of three births are removed.
Immence benefit of Rudrabhishek performed in Shravan month
Maha rudrabhishek along with Yagna is performed during the eve of Sawan. Lord Shiva is worshiped in His Rudra form, is hailed by all Vedic scriptures as one of the greatest Poojas to remove all evils, to attain all desires and for all round prosperity.
Rudrabhisheka is a form of ritual worship in which a Shivalinga is bathed in water which is continuously poured over it, to the accompaniment of the chanting of the vedic mantra called the Rudra Suktha. Abhisheka is the worshipping ritual of the God in which substances like Cow's milk, Ghee (clarified butter), curds (Yogurt), honey, finely ground sugar, sugar cane juice, coconut water, water, rice and similar items, which are believed to be dearer to Shiva are poured on the Shiva Linga.
More than 101 Vedic Brahmin Pandits assemble and perform the Abhishek of Shivling. The Abhishek Starts with the Ganesh Laxmi pujan in the morning. Through out the day the Abhishek of Shivlinga is done with various substances as mentioned above. Thereafter the Bhavya Shringaar of Shivlinga is done with the Lotus flowers and Bilva Patra. At the end of Yagya 108 Divya Aartis is performed. This yagya gives a miracle result to bestow prosperity, fulfillment, and removal of negativities, purify the negative karma & give the protection in life. The whole event is concluded by Pandits and devotees taking Prasaad.
The Maha Rudrabhishk is particularly performed for the sake of washing away ones sins and afflictions, for bringing peace, propsertiy and happiness, along with family togetherness. Rudrabhishek protects devotees from evil forces & possible dangers.
This great mantra dedicated to Rudra as Mrityunjaya is found in the Rig Veda. It is called the Maha Mrityunjaya mantra, the Great Death-Conquering mantra. It is a mantra that has many names and forms. It is called the Rudra mantra, referring to the furious aspect of Shiva; the Tryambakam mantra, alluding to Shiva's three eyes; and it is sometimes known as the Mrita-Sanjivini mantra because it is a component of the "life-restoring" practice given to the primordial sage Shukra after he had completed an exhausting period of austerity. The Maha Mrityunjaya mantra is hailed by the sages as the heart of the Veda. Along with the Gayatri mantra it holds the highest place among the many mantras used for contemplation and meditation. The Maha Mrityunjay pooja is performed for Lord Shiva to protect the person suffering from the illness or to avoid untimely death. Special emphasis is attached to Lord Shiva worship during this Jaap Yagya. This is a long procession and a group of Priests/Pandits perform this 125000 Jaap for 11 days to complete and then Havan or Homam take place on the last day.
Mahamrityunjaya puja done in the month of savan has special significance and gives best results.