GUWAHATI: As the third Monday of the holy month of Sawan has already arrived, thousands of devotees across Assam were seen thronging at different Shiva temples across the state. The legend of the Hindu mythology refers to Lord Shiva as the destroyer amongst the 'trinity of gods' or popularly known as the 'Trimurti' which consists of the creator god Vishnu, the preserver Brahma and the destroyer, Lord Shiva. Lord shiva is a the personification of a variety of moods and characters that he imbibes within him and hence is known with different names as per his role at particular periods of mythic Hindu history.
The most popular and benevolent being Bholenath, who grants everyone's wishes who offer prayer to him with a pure heart. According to Assamese tradition, devotees of Lord Shiva consider the month of Sawan as the holiest month of all and they worship lord Shiva and offer special prayers to the deity on all of the Mondays of the month.
The Assamese Sawan month falls between July-August and today, August 2 is the third Monday of the month. It is believed that according to the Shiva Puran of Rudra Samhita, if a person offers prayers on the Mondays of the Sawan month to their supreme god Lord Shiva, they are bound to receive blessings from him. Unmarried girls with an age-old popular belief offer prayers and bathe the shivling with milk and honey in order to get fulfilling husbands.
The blessings of lord shiva protect the devotees from the clutches of death. The devotees of Lord Shiva incessantly recite powerful hymns or slokas to get blessings from Lord Shiva. The Shiva Puran points out that Lord Mahadeva is the guardian as well as the destroyer of this mortal world. According to some Shiva bhaktas or devotees, the recitation of the powerful Mrityunjaya Mahamantra is the most powerful mantras of all as Lord Mahadeva grants them victory even over an untimely death.