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Nag Panchami falls in the Shravan month during Saavan or monsoons and is considered extremely auspicious. This year the festival will occur on the 2nd of August, according to the Hindu Panchang.
This festival is a celebrated Hindu festival where people around the country worship serpents and snakes. This propitious day falls on the Panchami Tithi or the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha, which is the waxing phase of the moon. The festival is celebrated during the Shravan month as per the traditional Hindu Panchang. This month is thought to be extremely sacred by the Hindu community, especially for worshipping the Lord of the serpents or Nag Devta. This day usually occurs a day after the joyous event of Hariyali Teej.
On the other hand, according to the Gregorian calendar of the West, this day arrives in the month of either July or August. Women across the country, on this day, offer milk to the snakes and worship the Nag Devta. They pray to seek the blessings of the God for a healthy and long life for their families, especially their brothers.
The festival of worshipping snakes was celebrated for the first time when Takshak, the king of the snakes, stalked Parikshit, the father of king Janamejaya. Takshak brutally killed Parikshit, and in order to avenge his death, Janamejaya organized an auspicious yajna to eliminate the existence of the entire Naga clan. However, the Earth needs all the organisms to maintain balance in nature. Hence, Brahmin Astika intervened to stop this yajna and convey the importance of snakes to Janamejaya. The day this yajna was finally stopped is celebrated as Nag Panchami 2022 date. Since then, people have paid their respects to snakes by conducting a sacred Nag Panchami puja.
Another significance of this auspicious day can be found in the legend of Lord Krishna, where he killed the Kaaliya Nag on this day of the Saavan month. He saved the Gokul vaasis, and hence the day came to be celebrated every year since then.
This propitious day holds a lot of relevance for a lot of people. To gain the maximum benefits out of this day, we have enlisted a detailed pooja vidhi for this sacred day below:
ॐ भुजंगेशाय विद्महे,
तन्नो नाग: प्रचोदयात्।।
This festival is celebrated in different parts of the country with a lot of gusto. Different rituals are performed across the country to commemorate this day. Here are some of the rituals that make this day a revered occasion among most people:
The serpent holds a lot of significance in astrology. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva wears a snake around his neck, while Lord Vishnu rests on a six-headed snake known as Seshnaga. The coils of the snakes represent time, with each coil symbolizing the past, present, and future. On the other hand, as per the beliefs of the Hindu religion, the world is balanced on the head of the Seshnaga. Hence, the relevance given to snakes is manifold. As a result, as per traditional astrology, people who have faults or doshas in their kundali can get resolution by worshipping the snakes on this day. Offering cooked rice in milk, also known as kheer, is a common way to appease the serpent and receive blessings. Special pujas are organized, and fasts are observed to help people get relief from the Kaal sarpa dosha in their horoscope by praying to the Snake god.
The God of snakes is repeatedly mentioned in the Hindu scriptures and mythology. Lord Shiva is described as having a snake around his neck. This snake is known to be Vasuki in the scriptures and is believed to have played a vital role during the magnanimous Samudra Manthan. This was the episode where all the Gods, devtas and asuras, participated in churning the ocean to find the elixir of life.
Another tale mentions a deadly snake that was turning the waters of Yamuna into a life-threatening poison. The inhabitants of Mathura, popularly known as Brijwasis, were extremely troubled by this, and to alleviate their sufferings, Krishna, who was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu, fought with the snake. Defeating the Kaliya Naag, as the poisonous snake was known, Krishna forced him to drink back his poison from the water, making Yamuna pure again. After this, Krishna blessed the snake stating that people will worship him in the times to come, offering him milk, garnering his blessings, and protection from all evil energies.
This festival reminds us of the many ways nature and its forces save and protect us. By praying to the Snake gods, we are prompted to live in harmony with all the organisms around us, respecting them and loving them!
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