The fifth day of Shravan Krishna Paksha is being celebrated with great faith and devotion all over India as Nag Panchami Day. In year 2011 this auspicious day will be celebrated on 4th August. There is a sacred precept to worship serpents and lord Shiva on this festival. Panchami tithi has its importance in many ways. According to Shastras - By having fast and worshipping Nag Dev on Nag Panchami Day one's desires and ambitions are fulfilled.
Generally, housewives keep fast on this day to enhance prosperity good luck and progress of their children. Serpents and Nag Dev have been worshipped on this day since long. Digging is prohibited in Shravana Mas (July - August). The theory behind this that digging of the ground may harm to living organism like insects and serpents in this month. To avoid the sins of killing living organisms, digging should not be done in this month.
Naag Panchami Festival and Kal Sarpa dosha
Nag panchami and Kal Sarpa dosha are associated with each other. According to Hindu Astrology – Nag Panchami day is very auspicious to do pooja for serpents (Nag) and to remove Kaal Sarpa dosha in kundali. (KalSarpa dosha happens when all planets come in the axis of Rahu and Ketu). This dosha casts adverse results in one's life, incurs pain and put hindrances in all the works of the native.
This is a proven fact - that one in whose kundali all planets come in Rahu Ketu axis, it makes Kal Sarpa dosha and such native’s life in indifferent to other person. The results are unexpected in both the terms - good or bad. Kal Sarpa dosha affected person is either a failure who face frequent ups and downs in life. The other side, he or she may achieve height of success and acquire high position, rank, name and fame and success in life.
That is the reason, KaalSarp dosha can't be termed as completely malefic or mark of sufferings, in one's life. Those who have this dosha in their kundali’s, must perform some pooja on Nag Panchami, day to cast off the malefic effects caused by this dosha.
Get this pooja done by an experienced astrologer on this Nag Panchami day which is falling on 4th August in this year to remove the negative effects of Kal Sarpa dosha. This is the best way to bring peace and harmony in life by releasing all negative energies in the areas of finances, mental and physical health by worshipping lord Shiva and Nag Dev on this auspicious occasion.
Naag Panchami Vrat(Fasting)
Fasting and worshipping the Nagas (Serpent) and lord Shiva on this day brings auspiciousness in life and one gets rid off all the sins and wrong deeds done in the previous birth. Generally fasting for Nag Panchami is done by housewives, the easy method of fasting on this day is as follows -
- The worshipper must get up early before sun rise on Nag Panchami Day.
- After the bath and daily routine in the morning, the house should be purified by sprinkling Gangajal or the water from some sacred river.
- Establish an idol or picture of lord Shiva and Nag Deva in Eshan Kona. Sit quietly on the ground and take Sankalp of the fast. After the Sankalp, Nag Dev should be worshipped by offering milk- Durva, Kusha, scent, flowers, grains of rice and sweets.
- On both side of the entrance door of the house, five sketches of Nag Devta should be made with Cow Dung or red powder. In case, if cow dung is not possible, Geru (red clay powder) could be used.
- The worshipper must keep fast for the entire day. Serve Nag Dev in the temple. By doing this pooja the auspiciousness enhances in one's life. Reciting Nag strotra or Nag mantra on this day is also considered very auspicious. The following mantra should be recited for 11, 21 or 108 times. If possible three malas of this mantra should be recited -“Om Kurukulye Hum Phat Swaha” The above mantra is considered as the best method to remove Kal Sarpa dosha from the kundali. By reciting this mantra on regular basis the affected person gets released of all the negative influences cast by this dosha. Scent or perfume should be used in the worshipping of Nag Dev on this day.
- Food cooked in oil should not be consumed during the fast. According to one belief those who are not bearing fast should take food cooked at the prior day. Food items other than fast items should not be cooked on this day.
- The fasting gets completed after the sun set by offering Prasadam (Kheer) to Nag Dev. The worshipper then could open fast by consuming Kheer and the sweet food.