Rakhi Purnima is one of the most popular festivals of India. It is celebrate all over the nation with different names and rituals. In some parts of the northern India, it is Raksha Bandhan that is celebrated on the full moon day. Raksha Bandhan falls in the month of Shravana and commemorates the love and bonding between siblings. Similarly, on the full moon day, Gujarat celebrates Pavitropana. Lord Shiva is worshipped with great pomp and zest on this propitious day. There is an atmosphere of celebratory fervor all over Gujarat.
Legends have it that Gujaratis are the staunch believers of religion and generally they worship Lord Shiva and his Shiva Linga on the day of Pavitropana. All the temples of Lord Shiva in Gujarat are highly decorated with special flowers. Then people offer water, milk, coconut water, honey and curd on the Shiva Linga. It is believed that worshipping Lord Shiva with these things will satisfy him and in return he will shower his devotees with bounty of everything—good luck, good health and prosperity in all.
Besides, being a God of Destroyer he will also destroy all the sources of evil and bring happiness on earth.
Generally, Lord Shiva puja is performed on Mondays and if Shravana Purnima or Pavitropana falls on Monday, then it is considered the most auspicious day of the year. People perform pujas and pray for forgiveness for all their misdeeds and sins committed. The vital part of the Pavitropana puja is to offer filaments of cotton dipped in mixture of cow's ghee, milk, curd, urine and excreta taken together, called ‘panchagaivya’. According to Hindu mythology, cow is considered sacred animal and hence, the cotton is purified in panchagaivya. Finally, these filaments are fastened around the Shiva Linga.
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