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Shravan, the fifth month of the Hindu calendar is considered the most sacred month by the Goan Hindus and is celebrated happily by various rituals and festivals throughout the state. This month is regarded as the most important month among the Chaturmas, a period of four months beginning with the Ashad to Kartik traditionally believed to be the period when the lord Vishnu goes to long sleep for four months and is awakened on the day of Kartik Ekadashi, the bright eleventh day of Kartik month.
This month got Shravan’s name most possibly because of the Shravan constellation. On a Saturday, a day dedicated to Lord Hanuman and planet Saturn or Shani, a large number of devotees flock to the temple of Hanuman and offer oil and a garland of calotropis gigantic. (Rui Shrub) The Shravan has the rich tradition of celebrating a variety of festivals mainly because during this month, the monsoon season is in full swing and the whole of nature expresses its joy through the lush green vegetation and swift flowing springs and rivulets hence our ancestors found it as the most appropriate and auspicious to observe many of the festivals during the Shravan. Sunday is associated with the worship of the sun. The non-Bramhin Goan married women worship the sun, on this day so that their husbands get a long and cheerful life; whereas, among the Brahmin, a married man performs the pooja of the Sun for blessing his family. On Monday devotees visit the temple of Lord Shiva.
Tuesday the Brahmin married women perform the pooja of the Mangalagauri for the blessing of happy married life from the goddess Parvati. Thursday has the significance of worshiping Dattatray, a god representing the trios Bramha, Vishnu, and Mahesh. The devotees prefer reading the holy book ‘Guru Charitra. The Friday is related to the worship of Mahalaxmi by the women for prosperity and good wealth. Besides, these auspicious days, in between there are festivals of Nagpanchami of worshipping clay idols of Cobra, the Rakshabandhan expressing gratitude for brother by sister by tying the Rakhi, Gokulashtami, the birthday celebration of Lord Krishna are observed. The full moon day of Shravan is celebrated as the Sutachi Punav where the non-Brahmin communities wear the sacred thread first by making an offering of it to their family deities The fishermen resume their fishing operation by offering coconut, a symbolic representation of Shiva to the god sea. They invoke the sea god for granting protection and good fish caught in the year ahead.