Naga Panchami (August 5, 2019 Monday) is observed on the Shukla Paksha Panchami during the Hindu calendar month of Savan. As per the Gregorian calendar Nag Panchami falls in month of July or August. It is celebrated two days after Hariyali Teej. On this day women pray for the well-being of their brothers and families. They worship the Nag Devta (the Lord of serpents) and offer milk to them.
Date & Day
Nag Panchami Tithi
Aug 4, Sun
Puja Vidhi Muhurat
Aug 5, Mon
Nag Panchami Tithi
Aug 5, Mon
The festival of Nag Panchami is observed by Hindus throughout India and traditionally dedicated to the worship of Nag Devata. As per the Hindu calendar, the worship of serpent god is. The Panchami Tithi especially during the month of Shravan is propitious to worship Nag Devta. Nag Panchami observed on the Shukla Paksha Panchami during Shravan month is highly propitious.
It is believed that any prayers offered to the snakes would be well received by Naga Devata. Hence snakes (as a representation of Nag Devata) are worshipped by the Hindus. There are many serpent gods revered in the Vedas, but those worshiped on Nag Panchami are Ananta, Vasuki, Shesha, Padma, Kambala, Karkotaka, Ashvatara, Dhritarashtra, Shankhapala, Kaliya, Takshaka and Pingala.
Nag Chaturthi: Many people observe a fast one day prior to Nag Panchami. This fasting is known as Nag Chaturthi or Nagul Chavithi. In the state of Andhra Pradesh this ritual is observed right after Diwali. It also coincides with Tamil Nadu's six days long festivity, Soora Samharam.
Nag Pancham: In Gujarat Nag Panchami is popularly known as Nag Pancham. Here it is observed 15 days after all the other states have celebrated the festival. It is celebrated three days before the festivities of Krishna Janmashtami.
Bola Choth or Bol Choth in Gujarat: Bola Choth (also known as Bahula Chauth) is observed one day prior to Nag Pancham. On this day cattle, especially cows are worshipped.
Nag Panchami Puja:
Nag Panchami is one the holy festivals of India. Millions of locals celebrate it with festive spirit. It is the festive day when the snake gods (Naagas in Sanskrit) are worshipped. It is a celebration praised all over India with devotion and dedication. Nag Panchami is a proud festival of Hindus observed by the followers of Hinduism. Since the time immemorial, the Vedic philosophy (Later evolved into modern Hinduism) has stressed the significance of worshipping the Supreme Truth (God) in His numerous forms, of whose Nagas being one of the forms. Click here to know more about Nag Panchami Puja.
Secret Legends and Lore behind Celebration:
The Vedic scripture Mahabharata mentions the story of Janamejeya whose father King Parikshit was killed by a snake named Taksaka. Angered, Janamejaya called for the greatest sacrifice which would kill all the snakes across the earth. The Sacrificial Fire was started and performed by qualified priests and Brahmins. It was so magnanimous that all the snakes except Taksaka were drawn and dragged to the Fire. Taksaka hiding in the heavenly abode of King Indra was too dragged along with Indra as the Brahmins intensified the Fire. The gods, disturbed by the event, prayed to goddess Manasadevi for a peaceful resolve. She asked her son Astika to pacify Janamejeya. Later, King Janamejeya was astounded by the scriptural knowledge of Astika who asked for a boon from the King. The King gave up his revengeful spirit and told Brahmins to stop the Fire. This was the day when all the snakes got their life back. Hence, the Hindus worship snake gods on the day.
Another tale is about a farmer who killed three snakes while ploughing the land. Angered and enraged, the mother of the dead snakes killed the farmer, his wife and two children by biting them. Fortunately his daughter never came to the curse of the mother snake. She worshipped her with milk and begged for her family's life. Pleased with her devotion, the mother snake brought her family back to life. Scriptural significance: As per one of the Vedic scriptures Garuda Purana, one should offer prayers to the snake gods on this day and offer food to Brahmins.
How to Worship Nagas?
On this day, one can offer milk, sweets or flowers to snakes. Generally, it is risky or even impossible to have a real snake in front worship. One can install the snake gods' deity of stone, wood or even painting. Then, the devotee may purify the deity with sacred bath and offer milk.
Following this, worship the deity reciting this mantra: 'Naga preeta bhavanti shantimapnoti via viboh Sashanti lok ma sadhya modate shashttih samh'
'Let all have divine blessings of the Snake Goddess, let all attain peace. Let all live serenely without any turmoil.'
One should observe fast on this day and serve Brahmins with food. The devotion to the Snake god observed on this day is considered divine and protects the worshipper against inauspiciousness. A thousand-hood Ananta Shesha is the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu who lies on His body. One can also worship Vishnu and Shiva to obtain their blessings.
Auspicious Pujas To Be Performed On Nag Panchami
Nag Panchami Puja
Nag Panchami Puja performed on the day of Nag Panchami is highly auspicious and rewarding. The Vedas consider the Nagas (snakes) very significant and divine. The festival of Nag Panchami is celebrate to offer prayers to the snakes and serpents that are associated with Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Lord Vishnu Himself rests on Ananta Shesha, a thousand-hooded serpent. Lord Shiva always keeps the snake named Vasuki around His neck. Names of 9 Naag Devatas are: Anant, Vasuki, Shesh, Padmanabh, Kambal, Shankhapal, Dhrutrashtra, Takshak and Kalia if prayed daily in the morning protects you from all evils and helps you become victorious in life.
Benefits of this puja:
Health, wealth, success and prosperity
Peace, protection and health
Removes Doshas like Kaal Sarp Dosha and Vastu Dosha
Kaalsarp Shanti Puja performed at Trimbakeshwar Temple during Shravan month and on Nag Panchami is highly auspicious and spiritual. Kaal Sarp Dosh occurs when all the 7 planets are placed between Rahu and Ketu. Kaal means death and Sarp means snake. The person born under Kaal Sarp Yog struggles even after putting appropriate amount of hard work. For individual suffering from Kaal Sarp Dosh success is hard to come by and their financial position remains fragile. Kaal Sarp Dosh can be of two types namely ascending and descending and can cause various problems such as loss in business and family problems.
Benefits of this puja:
Provides professional and personal stability
Removes hurdles in the way to success
Provides harmony and peace of mind
Relief from other malefic effects of the Kaal Sarp Dosh
On Nag Panchami, if you perform Narayan Nagbali Pooja, you get rid of most of the issues at personal and professional level. Narayan Nagbali puja aconsists of two different rituals. One is Narayan Bali performed to get rid of ancestral curse (pitru dosh /pitru Shaap) while Nagbali is done to get rid of sin of killing snake, especially Cobra which is worshipped in India. It can be performed only at Trimbakeshwar..
This puja is best for whose facing obstacles in Business, Waste of Money, Family health Problems, Conflicts, education hindrances, Marriage Problems, Accidental Death, Unnecessary expenses and Emotional problems. It is also performed to get rid of problems occurred due to curse from father, mother, brother, corpse, wife and other shaps (Pitru shap, Pratashap, Matrushap, Bhatrushap, patnishap, matulshap). Narayan Nagbali is performed to get respite from various problems.
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