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What is the story of offering water to Shiva from Kavad?

by Sudhir kumar
What is the story of offering water to Shiva from Kavad?

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Kavad yatra has special significance in the month of Sawan. Since the beginning of this month, lakhs of people leave for the Kandar Yatra. Then complete the yatra by burning water of your deity with pure water. But do you know how this journey started.
Kavad yatra has special significance in the month of Sawan. Since the beginning of this month, lakhs of people leave for the Kandar Yatra. Then complete the yatra by burning water of your deity with pure water. But do you know how this journey started

Relation to lord parshuram


According to the Puranas, Lord Parshuram is said to be a worshiper of Shiva. He built the temple of Bholenath for Shiva worship. He filled Ganga water in Kavad and anointed Shiva with water. From this day itself, the tradition of the journey of Kavad has been considered.

Story of samudra manthan

Apart from this, another story is told. When the sea churned, the poison came out of it. Shiva drank it. Ganga ji was called to reduce this poison. Since then, there was a tradition of offering Ganga water to Shiva in the month of Sawan.

What is Kavad Yatra

People from all over the country go on this journey. It is more prevalent in northern India. Devotees of Bholenath travel with Ganga water in Kavad. They reach this place of Lord Shiva and offer this water to them. But during this time they do not keep Kavad on the ground. Those who travel are called Kanwariya. Most Kanwarias wear Kesari colored clothes. These people mainly fill Ganga water from pilgrimage sites like Gaumukh, Allahabad, Haridwar or Gangotri.

What are the rules

The rules of this trip are very strict. It is said that if Kavandiya did not follow the rules, then God gets angry and does not get the full fruits of the journey. Learn about these rules-

  • The first rule in travel is prohibition of intoxication. Can not consume alcohol etc.

Apart from narcotics, consumption of meat is also considered taboo.

  • It is forbidden to keep kavad on the ground. If you have to stay somewhere, trees etc. can be kept at high places.
  • Wearing items or clothing made of leather is not allowed. There is a rule to eat satvik.
  • It is said to chant Bholenath’s name in the yatra. Slogans like ‘Har Har Mahadev’ should be raised.
  • There is a law to travel on foot. If a vow is sought and if you are traveling on completion, then it should be done according to the vow.

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