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Hindus in India mark auspicious day with prayers, offerings

STORY: Devotees of Lord Shiva thronged temples across India to offer prayers on the first Monday (July 10) of the month-long auspicious ‘Sawan’ or monsoon festival.

Hindus worship Lord Shiva during the holy Shravan month. Devotees seek the blessing of Lord Shiva for peace and prosperity of their families by taking holy baths and offering prayers in temples.

In northern Varanasi and Haridwar cities, devotees gathered in large numbers to offer milk, curd, ghee, honey and holy water on Shiva lingam, a representation of Hindu deity Shiva.

A priest said that the day was considered auspicious as according to Hindu beliefs, it was this day that Lord Shiva consumed poison that came out from the sea when gods and demons were churning the ocean.

Meanwhile, Ramanathaswamy Temple in southern Rameswarm city was thronged by devotees who paid obeisance to the Shiva gem and performed holy rituals to celebrate the day.

As per the Hindu calendar, Shravan is the fifth holy month and Shravani fair begins on ‘Shravan Amavasya’, the no moon day of the month and ends on ‘Shravan purnima’— full moon day of the month.

The Mondays of Shravan is considered to be one of the most auspicious days as per Hindu calendar.

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