Every year India has celebrated lots of festivals. Indian people like to follow all those Hindu rituals and festivals because it offers them an opportunity to worship their God and Goddesses and their blessings. On the other side, the festival helps them to bring back all their relatives in a single place to enjoy throughout the whole evening or day. India has always been recognized as one of the most cultural countries throughout the whole world. India does not miss the chance of any small or large festivals to celebrate with their citizens. Hence, today we are going to talk about one of the most popular Hindu festivals of India is Nag Panchami.
The nag Panchami is the festival when all the Hindus come together in a place to worship the god of snakes. This is the day when people usually offer Serpent God milk, sweets, flowers and lots of other things. By offering all these things they seek the blessings for their whole family members including parents, husband, Children’s and other relatives as well. In the month of Shravan the Nag Panchami held on Shukla paksha Panchami Tithi every year. The date of the English month of Nag Panchami may change because of the English calendar. However, it’s celebrated either in the month of July or in the month of August maximum of the time.
When is Nag Panchami in 2022?
This year Nag Panchami will be held on 2nd August 2022.
Nag Panchami Puja Muhurat: 05:42:40 to 08:24:28
Duration: 2 Hour 41 Minute
History of Nag Panchami
The history of the Nag Panchami started with the story of Takshak the king of snakes. King Takshak bit and killed King Parikshit father of Janamejaya. To take her revenge Takshak king Janamejaya decided to kill the whole snakes. To kill the whole generation of snakes he started doing a Jagna. However, soon the Yagnik was stopped when the Brahmin Astika Rishi arrived on the spot. Since the day when the Rishi arrived on the spot the day is considered as Nag Panchami and celebrated every year throughout the whole of India by their citizens.
Another one of the histories is that often heard that Lord Krishna on the Panchami Tithi and Shukla paksha killed the demon snake Kaliya. To save the whole Gokulvasis and to protect them from Kaliya he had to kill that demon. Since the Nag Panchami is celebrated on the day after this incident and it declared as Nag Panchami onwards.
In Hindu mythology and traditions, snakes are always been worshipping because Lord Shiva has held a snake on his snake. While worshipping The God Shiva people also like to worship the snakes as well. Besides that, another more history behind worshipping the snakes is that, in the month of Shravan when the whole monsoon season sets in India Snakes come out from their holes. In fear of getting a bit by snakes, people worship them with milk and sweets on the Shukla Panchami Tithi on Shravan Mas.
Significance of Nag Panchami
All the Hindus on the month Shravan celebrated the Nag Panchami on the Shukla paksha. On this day they wish for health, wealth, and blessings from the Goddess of snakes. To protect their family members and relatives they do the Nag Panchami Puja in their houses every year. When the monsoon arrived people become very much frightened because snakes often roam around their houses and everywhere. Just to protect the whole family members from getting bitten by snakes the woman of the house usually does the puja for them. All the women try to please the Goddess of snakes with sweets, lower and milk. Hence, this is the significance behind the Nag Panchami and the whole country of India shows its full devotion towards the Nag Panchami festival every year.
Nag Panchami Puja Vidhi
People who are arranging the Nag Panchami Pooja in their house should know about the Puja Vidhi in detail. Here in this paragraph, we are going to help you all to know about all the puja Vidhi.
At first, you need to clean the room where you are going to do the Nag Panchami Pooja.
After that, you need to spread the Gangaajal throughout the whole house including the room as well.
Then you will have to place the new cloth on the place or platform where you are going to set the idol.
After that carefully place your idol of snakes on the cloth and keep a little lamp beside it.
After that, you will have to take the Sankalp to Start the Puja.
Later on, you will have to put water and milk on the idol of the snake including giving all the sweets, flowers, and fruits.
You need to keep your eyes closed when you are seeking blessings from God. Additionally, you will also have to seek pardons if you done any mistake in the Puja.
And lastly, take a bow in front of the idol to complete your puja.
Why do we celebrate Nag Panchami in India?
For the good health wealth and receiving blessings from God of snakes every year The Hindus of India celebrate the Nag Panchami with their family members. They bring idols or pictures of God of snakes in their houses to complete the Puja. The purpose behind doing the Nag Panchami Puja is just to seek blessings from the god of snakes.
How do we celebrate Nag Panchami in India?
Again people celebrate Nag Panchami in India by offering all the things that the god of snakes like to have. To please the god of snakes’ people usually offer sweets, milk, flowers, and other such things including fruits as well. This is how the people of India celebrate the whole Nag Panchami festival in the month of Shravan every year.
Do’s on Nag Panchami
Now let us know no about the things which people should do on Nag Panchami Tithi.
People will have to keep fasting on the day of Nag Panchami if they want to protect themselves from snake bites. Even keeping fast on the day of Nag Panchami provides full protection from the god of snakes.
To worship the god of Serpents people will have to offer flowers, sweets, and milk.
Besides that, they will have to recite the Nag Panchami Mantra to complete the Puja
While you’re doing the Nag Panchami Pooja you need to have full faith, respect, and love for all the living beings on the earth. If you do not have the respect or love in your heart for others then the Puja might be incomplete.
Don’t do these things on Nag Panchami day
Now let us check out those things which you should not do on the day of Nag Panchami.
On the day of Nag Panchami Tithi, people should not cook on the iron Pan or iron vessels.
The second thing that people should not do on this day is sewing with Threads and Needles. It considered an inauspicious thing.
People should not cut down the trees on the day because snakes might live in the trees as well.
Besides that, people should not plow earth as well because snakes made holes in the earth.
Nag Panchami and mythology
The word Nag in Sanskrit simply means snakes. Every year The Hindu people of India like to do the Nag Panchami Pooja for the blessings of God of snakes. The women of the houses of Hindu families arrange all the pooja materials in their houses for seeking blessings and protecting their family members from the evils. According to Hindu mythology, once the demo Serpent Kaliya spread his poison in the water of the river. He wanted to destroy the whole Gokulvasis. At that time Lord Vishnu who had come to the earth as the avatar of Lord Krishna save all the Gokulvasis by killing him. After that, the god of the snake has to get back all the poisons from the river water initially. However, Lord Krishna also gave his blessings to the god of snakes. He even said that people will worship him and whoever will do the Nag Panchami Puja will always be protected from evils. This is the mythology behind starting the Nag Panchami Puja from that day.
Therefore, this is how every year India and all the Hindu people of India celebrate the whole Nag Panchami Tithi on the month of Shravan. Besides that, it becomes one of the most is celebrated and popular festivals of India.