Nag Panchami 2021: Know about The Significance, Dates, and Rituals

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Nag Panchami is an important traditional festival celebrated in the diverse land of India with great fervour. Nag Panchami falls in the auspicious month of Shravan, and undoubtedly, this is a unique festival. As per the Hindu calendar, the auspicious Nag Panchami falls on the Panchami Tithi (5th day) of the Shukla Paksha during Shravan. According to the Gregorian calendar, this coincides with the months July and August. Nag Panchami 2021 will fall on 13th August 2021. 

Let’s get to know a little about this auspicious occasion. 

Nag Panchami 2021 Date and Time

  • Nag Panchami 2021 Date- 13th August 2021 (Friday) 
  • Nag Panchami Puja Muhurat- 05:49 AM to 08:28 AM
  • Nag Panchami Tithi Begins- 12th August 2021, 03:24 PM 
  • Nag Panchami Tithi Ends- 13th August 2021, 01:42 PM

If you want to know more about the festival or have questions related to astrology, turn to the astrology experts on Astroyogi.  

Significance of Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami is a significant Hindu festival wherein people worship snakes. The term ‘Nag’ means snakes or serpents, and ‘Panchami’ means the fifth day. This important and holy day falls on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan. This is why the festival is called Nag Panchami. This particular festival is celebrated in India and Nepal. 

Snakes and their importance have been mentioned and highlighted in many Hindu scriptures such as Agni Purana, Mahabharata, Skanda Purana, and Narada Purana. In Hindu mythology, snakes have always occupied a significant place. They are associated with important deities, like the divine Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. As per Hindu mythology, the world rests on the head of the Sheshnag or the snake with the six heads. Snakes are also given respect and importance because they are closely associated with Lord Shiva. The snake that adorns Lord Shiva’s neck like an ornament is Vasuki. The celebration of Nag Panchami also explains the close association of snakes and Lord Shiva. 

On the holy occasion of Nag Panchami, the devotees worship the Nag Devta or Snake God. It is a common belief that any prayers offered or Puja done to snakes on this day will reach the Snake God. This is why people worship snakes as a representative of the Snake God on this auspicious occasion. Even though there are several Snake Gods in Hindu mythology, the following 12 are worshipped on this occasion. 

Ananta

Vasuki

Shesha

Padma

Kambala

Karkotaka

Ashvatara

Dhritarashtra

Shankhapala

Kaliya

Takshaka

Pingala

Devotees pray to the snakes on this auspicious day because it is believed that praying to them can remove unnecessary fears from one’s life and can bring wealth, health, peace, and prosperity in life. If spirituality is your concern, then this specific day is also auspicious for you to start meditating, as this will help you achieve peace and happiness in life. 

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The Relation between Kaal Sarp Dosha and Nag Panchami

The festival of Nag Panchami is also of enormous significance from the point of view of Vedic astrology. This festival becomes essential for natives who have Kaal Sarp Dosha in their horoscope. The Kaal Sarp Dosha can cause havoc by bringing hardships and bad luck to one’s life. Anyone suffering from this Dosha can use this day to do special rituals and Pujas to appease the Snake God on Nag Panchami.

To know more about what to do on the auspicious day of Nag Panchami or how to get over Kaal Sarp Dosha, talk to the astrologers on Astroyogi. Our astrologers can offer you remedies to reduce the effect of this Dosha. 

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Rituals Done on Nag Panchami

Let’s get to know what all rituals are associated with this auspicious festival. 

  • On this auspicious day, take a bath early in the morning and observe fast. After this, you can put a picture of Nag Devta or Serpent God, or make a snake out of clay or cow dung, and place it in your place of worship. It is also placed at the door of the house to ward off evil.
  • Offer flowers, water, sandalwood, kumkum, rice, sindoor (vermillion), bel patra, turmeric, incense sticks and diya to the Serpent God and worship the deity. Make Panchamrit by mixing milk, curd, ghee, sugar, and honey and offer it to the deity. After that, perform an aarti of Nag Devta and read the story behind Nag Panchami. You should pray to the Snake God for happiness, security, and peace in your house. After the Puja, you can offer the milk or kheer as Prasad that you offered to the Gods to your family members and friends.
  • A remarkable feature of this auspicious occasion is that women devotees offer milk to snakes. Many devotees throng the temples to offer milk to the Snake God. It is commonly believed that by offering milk to snakes on this auspicious occasion, devotees can attain Akshaya-Punya. People also believed that worshipping Nag Devta can increase the sources of money.
  • Devotees who observe fast on this day only consume fruits and light vegetarian food. Devotees also consume milk. Even the Prasad offered to God on this day contains milk. Milk is the most common offering on this auspicious occasion.
  • As part of the festivities, many devotees visit a temple, where they give a reverential bath with milk and water to a Nag or Serpent deity’s statue or a painting of the snakes. Then they light incense sticks and diyas and pray to Nag Devta for the welfare of their family.

Apart from the rituals mentioned above, devotees also partake in other practices. On this particular day, some devotees worship snakes by visiting the trees and anthills or places where snakes can be found. Milk is also placed in fields that are infested by snakes. Women devotees also offer milk, flowers, and sweets to actual snakes, with the assistance of snake charmers with the belief that their prayers will reach the Serpent God. Women devotees do this to seek protection from evil and divine blessings. They pray for their family’s well-being on this day. 

The traditionally and highly revered Nag Panchami is celebrated all over India with great enthusiasm and zeal. The practices might vary from region to region, but this day holds huge significance for all devotees.

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