Naag Panchami 2019
By: Future Point | 17-Jul-2019Views : 3044
What is Naag Panchami?
Naag Panchami is an auspicious festival that is celebrated on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha of the Shravan month all over India. On the day of Naag Panchami snakes are worshipped. It is believed that worshipping these snakes bring good luck and the native can also get rid of the Kaal Sarpa Dosha in their Kundali. There are many stories that are connected with the festival of Naag Panchami. As is known, snakes are connected with Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Therefore, in order to appease the highest of deities people worship the snakes and hope for a miracle to end all the miseries in their life. In the month of Shravan, when everything is rejuvenating and snakes come out of their holes people worship them by offering them milk so that they do not harm others.
Rishi Kashyap was a son of Lord Brahma who had 4 wives. One of his wives gave birth to Devatas (Gods), another gave birth to Danavas (Demons), the 3rd wife gave birth to Garudas and the 4th to Nagas (Snakes). This is the reason snakes are worshipped and are known as Naga Devtas. The most powerful Naga is known as Shesh Naga who possesses 1000 heads and forms a resting bed for Lord Vishnu.
The Naag Panchami 2019 date- 5th August.
How is Naag Panchami celebrated:
People across India worship snakes with great devotion and offer them milk on Naag Panchami. In all the regions of India, a day-long fast is observed. Devotees carry milk and turmeric powder for the idol when they go to the temple. It is believed that they do so for protecting themselves against snake bites. If a snake drinks milk, then it is said that it brings good luck and fortune. In some places, snakes are offered rice with milk.
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After that, it is buried to show that this ritual has ended. In Bengal, Manasa (The Queen of Snakes) is generally worshipped by the women. Devotees offer raw milk and green banana to the deity. On this day, some snake charmers release the snakes in the temples which they carry in their earthen pot. The festival of Nag Panchami continues throughout the day and people celebrate it with great enthusiasm and joviality. Fairs, music and dance, magic shows and gymnastic feats are organized to entertain people.
The story behind Naag Panchami:
- It is said that this day is celebrated as the victory of Lord Krishna as he defeated Kaaliya Naag. It is believed that he saved people from Kaaliya Naag’s wrath and cleaned the Yamuna water of its poison.
- There are many divine and mythological stories about snakes and this festival. One such tale is of a farmer who used to live in a village. He had two sons and one of them killed three snakes during farming activities. The mother of the snake, bitten the farmer on the same night and took revenge, his wife and two children all died. The next day, the only daughter of the farmer survived. She was under a trauma by the death of her parents and brothers and hence, she requested the mother of the snake with an offering of a bowl of milk to give back the life of her parents and brothers. The mother of the snake was pleased by this offering and as a result, she gave back the lives of her parents and brother.
Significance of Naag Panchami:
This festival enhances the religious faith of a person, and it connects humans to nature. Snakes have been given much importance in our Hindu culture. Nag Panchami is an auspicious and essential festival celebrated on the 5th day of the Shukla Paksha of the Shravan Month. In some parts of India, Naag Panchami is also celebrated after the Purnima in the month of Ashadh. It is also termed as Manasa Devi Ashtanga Puja. The Goddess of snake, Manasa Devi, and Ashta Nag are worshipped on this special day. In Punjab, it is known as Guga-Navami. Devotees use flour to create a huge snake and after making, they worship it. Devotees also rejoice this day to celebrate Lord Krishna's victory over Kaliya Snake. It is believed that unmarried women who observe fast or Nag Panchami Vrat and perform the Pooja by offering milk to the nagas will get good husbands. Naag Panchami day is considered auspicious to perform Naga Puja and Kaal Sarp Dosh Nivaran Puja.
How to perform Naag Panchami Pooja:
People wake up early and take a bath then they wear fresh clothes. Women wear the ‘Nauvaari’ saree in Maharashtra. People offer coconut sweets and black sesame Ladoos to the snake god. People also consume that food which has been prepared the previous day. They also take care that they don’t perform activities that are related to farming because while performing these activities they may hurt snakes. Idols of snakes which are made from clay are prepared and worshipped at home with milk, turmeric, grass, kumkum, and flowers. People also keep flowers and milk near the holes where snakes live. Near the entrance of the home, people also keep a sculpture made of red soil or cow dung of the snake God. Kheer, rice, and Sewaiya are prepared as offerings to God for worshipping. People also chant Naag mantras to appease the snake God. Sandalwood and turmeric are used during worship.
The following Mantra must be recited on the day of Naag Panchami to evoke the blessings of Nagas:
‘ॐ भुजंगेशाय विद्महे, सर्पराजाय धीमहि, तन्नो नाग: प्रचोदयात्’
‘Om Bhujangeshaay Vidmahe, Sarparaajaay Dheemahi, Tanno Naag Prachodayaat’
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