In his pravachan on 3rd August 2023, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu guided the Shraddhavans about the holy ‘Shravan Maas - the month of Shravan’, ‘Adhik Shravan Maas’ and also about performing ‘Shiva Sahaparivar Poojan’. ‘Adhik Maas’ is also known as the ‘Purushottam Maas’ or the ‘Dhonda Masa’. This Samvat calendar year has Adhik Shravan Maas in it.
According to the saying, “Aḍhikasya aḍhikam phalam - अधिकस्य अधिकं फलम्,” it is considered that spiritual endeavours like Vratas, poojans, charity, etc., performed in the month of Adhik Shravan, bestow manifold benefits.
Explaining the importance of reading devotional books and works and chanting hymns during the Adhik Maas, Sadguru Anirudda Bapu also shared light on the ‘positive effects of spiritual reading-reciting on the mind’. Many people are curious about ‘why the Adhik Maas is called the ‘Dhonda Maas’. While answering the same, Sadguru Bapu elucidated the deep devotional sentiment behind the use of this terminology.
Earlier, during his discourse on 20th June 2019, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu, stating that ‘Shravan is the month of ‘Shravan Bhakti’ and for doing Bhakti of Bhagwan Shiva’, had explained the importance of ‘Shiva Sahaparivar Poojan’ by giving information about the Shiva Parivar (the Family of Shiva). Moreover, from there onwards, Sadguru Bapu has also allowed all Shraddhavans to participate in the ‘Shiva Sahaparivar Poojan’.
Moreover, in his pravachan of 3rd August 2023, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu again spoke about the Shiva Parivar and the vehicles of each of its divine family members. Sadguru Bapu also said that for mutual love to always remain among the members of the family and for a family to attain happiness, peace and satisfaction, Shraddhavans can do the ‘Shiva Sahaparivar Poojan’.
Further, in the same discourse, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu also explained the significance of the Gurukshetram Mantra and the Mantragajar.
‘एका जनार्दनी भोग प्रारब्धाचा। हरिकृपे त्याचा नाश आहे॥’
Ekā janārḍanee bhog prārabḍhāchā, Harikrupe ṭyachā nāsh āhe.
Quoting this line from an Abhanga of Saint Eknath Maharaj, Sadguru Bapu said that the grace of the Swayambhagwan destroys writings of fate and that a Shraddhavan immersed in the devotion sentience does not have to face fate as instead of fate, for him, it is the ‘Naathsanvidh’.
Later in the discourse, Sadguru Aniruddha Bapu also said that the month of Shravan is the period to strengthen our spirituality. Accordingly, as per Sadguru Bapu’s guidance, every year in the entire month of Shravan, Shraddhavans collectively chant Ghorakshtodharan Stotra 108 times daily. This year, for the convenience of the Shraddhavans, the Ghorkastodharan Stotra chanting has been organized at Shri Krishna Mandir Sabhagruh, Dadar (West), as also at all the Trivikram Muths (Pune, Vadodara, Ratnagiri, Miraj, and Mumbai Western Suburbs - Borivali). The chanting at Shri Krishna Mandir Sabhagruh, Dadar, will be live-streamed at all the Trivikram Muths. Interested devotees in the vicinity of the Trivikram Muths can attend the chanting there at their convenience.
Besides, Ashwattha Maruti Puja is performed at Sadguru Niwas, Gurukul, Juinagar on every Saturday of the month of Shravan.
And on every Shravan Monday, Shraddhavans gather to participate in Shree Mahadurgeshwar Prapatti.