The story behind Shravan Month, says that the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in this month. During the churning, Halahal (poison) came out, which was consumed by Lord Shiva and stored it in his throat. His throat turned blue due to the impact of the poison, hence the name Neelkantha (meaning blue throat) is attributed to Shiva. To reduce the impact of the deadly poison, Lord Shiva wore the crescent moon on his head. Also, Gods and people started offering the water of Holy Ganges to Shiva to lessen the effect of poison. The month of Shravan, popularly known as Sharvan, is the fifth month of the Hindu calender. Shravan is considered the holiest month of the year. Each Monday of this month, known as Shravan Somvar, is a special day in Shiva temples where the dharanatra hangs over the linga or the idol to bathe it with holy water, day and night. Devotees pile the linga high with Bel leaves and flowers and fast till sunset. It is considered highly auspicious to wear a rudraksha in Shravan month. As, Mondays or Somvars of Shravan month are specially observed with austerity. All Mondays are devoted to the worship of Shiva as this day is sacred to Lord Shiva. No other Mondays of other months are so greatly honored.