The significance of Shravan month is immense. “Sharavana is all about worship of Lord Shiva and Satvik food.” Many Hindu’s do not consume non-veg or alcohol during the month of Shravan. Even in traditional Hindu households, eating non-veg during Shravan is strictly prohibited. So, do you know why We Should Not Eat Non Veg in Shravan? In this blog, we will look at all of the religious and scientific facts about such a belief.
Significance of Shravan – Month of Festivities
This Hindu calendar month is full of minor celebrations and festivals. It includes festivals like Raksha Bandhan, Kajori Purnima, Onam, Janmashtami, Naag Panchami. All of these have a holy story, so it is recommended not to eat non-Veg food.
What do Scriptures say?
As per the Hindu Scriptures, Sharavana is the holiest month of the Hindu religion. There is the religious significance of Shravan month as well. Each day of this sacred month has massive religious significance. On different days worshippers perform various puja rituals. They perform Shiv Puja, Mangala Gauri Puja, and Budh puja on the first three weekdays. Puja’s like Jara Jivantika or Asvattha Maruti pujas can be performed on the rest of the weekdays. Moreover, Hindu Puranas states that Lords only love to have Satvik food like fruits or flowers. That’s why people practising Sanatana Dharma avoid non-Veg food in the holy month of Sharavana.
Worshipping Lord Shiva in the Month of Shravan
Sharavana is the month fully dedicated to Lord Shiva. Devotees called every Monday of this holy day as Sharavana Somwar. This month, almost 4 to 5 Mondays arrived, and every Somwar is special for the worshipper. All the fanatics are supposed to do fasting for Lord Shiva on these Somers. As Lord Shiva’s month is, so for celebrating this holy month, people happily leave non-Veg food.
Shravan Month is the Season of Love
Monsoon is a blissful season for the breeding of aquatic creatures like fish, sea horses, etc. Earlier, people do not have their farms. So they used to restrict themselves from eating seafood during the holy month of Shravana mass. That’s why they start practising the Veg diet. So that aquatic creatures can breed comfortably.
Moreover, as per Hinduism, Shravan month considered being a month of Love and romance. So, it is not advisable to kill living beings when pregnant or laying eggs in the holy month. If living creatures’ killing is not allowed, then people only have to rely on Veg food.
Excessive Rainfall in Shravan Month
Monsoon or Sharavana month is the month full of water showers and blasts. In this season, people suffer from various water-borne diseases. These diseases can be Gastritis, Cholera, etc. It arises a need to follow a special health regime. As you never know when infection or fever will catch you. Most Hinduism followers also believe that a meat or non-Veg product has more chances to catch an infection. So, considering health a priority, this is why we should not eat non veg in Shravan month.
Slow Digestive System
Our body is a combination of various natural things like air, sunlight, soil, and water. During the Sharavana mass, we face a shortage of sunlight due to heavy rains. And, our digestive system slows down and performs weakly. So, people strictly avoid non-Veg food and stick to the veg or Sattvic diet.
They try to detoxify their body by fasting and snacks made up of Satvik ingredients to avoid gut issues. These snacks are light for the gut and easy to digest.
No Physical Activities in Rainy Season
Earlier farmers had to stay back at their homes at the time of heavy rainfalls in the month of Shravan. At home, they eat, sleep and repeat. As a result, they became fat and worried about the digestion of the food too. So, being fit, they start relying on the Veg diet during monsoons. And, begin avoiding any non-Veg meal to save their strength too. Undoubtedly, we should follow our traditions. But, instead of following them blindly. We have a right to know the stories and logic behind such traditions.