Naga Panchami is the day Lord Shiva the ‘God of snakes’ is prayed and celebrated. This festival starts with Naga Chaturthi which is followed by Naga Panchami and Nag Shashti. The women from Indian culture keep a fast on this day to get the blessings for childbirth and happy married life. It is believed that taking fast on this day also provides protection to the children. The celebration of Naga Panchami happens on Shukla Paksha during Sawan month to revere Lord Shiva. There are other names of this Festival too such as Bhratru Panchami, Bishari Puja, Naga Vardhini Panchami, and so on.
The Significance of Naag Panchami
Naga Panchami or Garuda Panchami is an important festival, which is celebrated all over India, all the more highly in southern parts of India. Married and unmarried women take fast and wholeheartedly appeal to God for the prosperity of their family and younger ones. This ritual reduces the power of the negative energies and planets such as Ketu and Rahu.
Snakes are accepted as holy creatures in Indian myths and act as the symbol for numerous deities. Lord Vishnu has Ananta Sesha (holy snake god) as his bed, and that is why it is called as Lord Vishnu in Ananta Sayanam. Lord Shiva has adorned the snake around his neck and Lord Muruga is also revered as a snake.
In the Treta Yuga (second age), Lord Rama’s (seventh manifestation of Lord Vishnu) his younger brother Lakshmana was none other than Adisesha. In the Dwapara Yuga (the third age), Adisesha appeared as Lord Balarama, Lord Krishna’s (eighth manifestation of Lord Vishnu) as an elder brother to him.
How is Naga Panchami celebrated?
Naag Panchami is joyously celebrated by devotees in Hindu culture. Devotees clean the house and temple, worship the snake (in some parts) and doing Shiva Puja, offer organic food and recite Shiva mantras. A snake is created out of cow dung on the day of Naga Panchami and placed at the doorstep. Milk, Kusha grass, sandalwood, Akshat (blessed grains of rice) are offered to the snake. The murti of Shiva is washed with milk and water which also pardon the doer from any wrong Karma. Devotees prepare special food such as Sevai (vermicelli), rice food and laddoo. According to Skanda Purana, revering the snakes can fulfill all your desires.
Benefits of celebrating Naga Panchami
- Offering Lord Shiva Puja on Naga Panchami can reduce the evil impacts of Kala Sarpa Dosha (7 planets encircled among Rahu and Ketu) in your natal chart
- Blessing of children if you are married and wishing for a healthy child
- It also blesses you with healthier and strong children
- Praying to Shiva can shield you from any accidents
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