Things to Do on Nag Panchami (Snake Day)
Naga Panchami is festival of worshipping snakes or serpents. This festival is mainly observed by the Hindus mainly in the countries like Nepal, India and also one of the oldest festival observed in the south Indian continent. This Festival falls on the fifth day after the occurrence of no moon, also known as the Aushi.
There is a general belief among Hindus that the snakes reside on their own universe known as Patalalok, that is situated below the earth. Some also call this universe as Naga Loka.
The tradition of worshipping the snake is done in the faith that snake will help to protect the house from the evil energy and always provide prosperity to the house. It is also believed that the Naga Panchami is worshipped to please the snake god and avoid getting bitten by the snakes. There are many rules that should be followed while observing this particular festival, here we will provide you with the list that should be done on this Naga Panchami.
List of things that should be done on Naga Panchami day
- take the fast a day before the Naga Panchami or on the very day of Naga Panchami
- married women can also visit their father’s home as a part of the rituals
- on the morning of the Naga Panchami use of the pure oil for bathing is thought to be useful
- One should wear traditional clothes on this day.
- on the morning of the Naga Panchami post the photos of Nags above the door of the houses to keep home safe from the evil energy
- While on the fast on the day of Naga Panchami, taking salt and fried items is not allowed.
- after the sunset on the day of Naga Panchami to end the fasting prepare Kheer and offer it to the god snake or to the Lord Shiva
- After offering Kheer to the snake or Lord Shiva, intake Kheer as the Prashad.
- On this day, only the food that is used for worshipping is prepared on the very day, all other foods for the family consumption are prepared a day before.
- As a part of the rituals, you can make the sculpture of a snake having five heads using the cow dunk or the red soil.
- It is believed that the fragrance of the sandalwood is very dear to the Snake God, so mostly sandalwood is used for worship.
- Snake god should not be fed with milk as milk can kill a snake, it is anybody wishes to offer a milk, he/she can make a linga and offer a milk bath.
- One can also apply haldi and kumkum on the holes snake resides.
- Plowing and dipping of the field are not done on this day, as that can kill the snake.
- Cutting in the field is also not done in the field on the day keeping in mind the harm it can cause to the snake.
- Chanting of the Nag matra should be performed throughout the day if possible, at least at the time of the worshipping the Nags.
Reasons Why do we celebrate Nag Panchami
1. From times immemorial, snakes have dependably appreciated a prime place in Hindu religion, rationality, and iconography. Numerous Hindu divine beings appear with serpents. Ruler Vishnu mulls over the lord of snakes, Seshanag or Adisesha. Ruler Shiva wears winds as his decorations.
Numerous sanctuaries committed to Mother Parvati have wind slopes inside. Individuals venerate serpents as the simple type of Mother Durga. Indeed, even Ganesh and Subramanya appear with snakes. Hindus have adored snakes for quite a while ever.
2. Amongst numerous Hindu ceremonies and celebrations, one of the vital ones that fall on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the lunar month of Shrawan is the celebration of Nag Panchami. From time immemorial, man has dependably worked towards living in amicability with its condition. Offering significance to all the conscious creatures has been the substance of the Sanatan Dharma.
3. Snakes involve an extremely noteworthy space in Hindu Mythology as they are likewise thought to be the occupant of Patal Loka or Nag Loka. The sacred texts regard Snakes as a network; Mansa Devi the Snake Goddess is uniquely offered supplications on this day.
Her sanctuary is situated on Bilwa Parvat on the Sivalik Hills, the southernmost Himalayan chain. It is said goddess Manasa Devi showed from the brain of Lord Shiva. She is likewise said to be the sister of snake Vasuki. It is said as the leader of the brain; Manasa Devi satisfies the honest to goodness wants of her aficionados.
4. Nag means snakes and Panchami implies the fifth day and along these lines, on this day, Snakes who have a great deal of heavenly significance are offered drain and rice and supplications are offered to offer security to the family and the tribe in totality. Crosswise over India and Nepal, Nag Panchami is commended in an assortment of ways. In a few spots wind revere is done on Chaturthi additionally called as Naga Chaturthi.
5. There is a lot of fantasies and stories that accompany why this day is committed to snakes and why petitions are offered to them. As per folklore, a lethal snake Kalia had been harming the stream Yamuna and it had turned out to be troublesome for the occupants of Braj to drink any water.
Krishna, as a tyke Avatar of Lord Vishnu, one day on the appearance of a ball tumbling down in the stream has a tussle with Kalia and in the long run, vanquishes him. Kalia takes away all the toxin from the waterway and Krishna consequently favors him that on this day of Panchami whosoever will offer drain and supplications to the snakes, will get appeased of any hardships in times to come. In this manner from that point onwards, the day was commended as Nagpanchami day…
6. Unfortunately, the sibling passes on because of a snake chomp while looking for Ketaki. The sister at that point implores and performs quickly and appeases Nagaraja to take the toxic substance away and the sibling has breathed life into the back.
The sister subsequently, rubs the balm on her siblings back to shield them from any hardships in times to come. The rubbing of the drain additionally connotes their umbilical association and qualities the affection between a sibling and sister. On this day in a couple of regions, sibling visits his wedded sister and she applies drain or ghee on their back, navel and so forth and appeals to God for his long life.
7. Snakes have had a ton of venerated and blessed references in Hindu folklore and sacred texts and it is said that going to them on this day shields a man from superfluous feelings of trepidation throughout everyday life and realizes great wellbeing, riches, peace and flourishing throughout everyday life. For Spiritual searchers as well, this is thought to be a to a great degree favorable day.
Thinking about the mooladhar chakra causes one to accomplish peace and bliss throughout everyday life. Another fantasy that runs with the celebration is that amid Samudra Manthan. Here, Lord Shiva drank the entire toxin that turned out from the stirring of the ocean. In any case, in the entire procedure, few drops did fell on the ground and were smashed by snakes. Individuals appeal to snakes with the goal that they and their families are saved from their fury and harmful nibbles.
8. Hindu sacred writings discuss Nagas or a class of demi divine beings who are additionally semi-divine creatures. They are the occupants of the underground world, known as Nag Lok situated beneath the earth called as Patala. They are the gatekeepers of the fortunes covered up in the earth and can expect a human frame freely.
Despite the fact that they are extremely empathetic by nature, they can cause obliteration in the event that they turn wrathful because of insolence or abuse. Hindus trust the condemnations given by the forceful snake gods can achieve passing, sickness, incident, nonappearance of offspring and different challenges in family life for which there are decontaminating and expiatory rituals recommended. Bother Panchami is one event when the Nagas are appeased.
It has been a great festival in Nepal all the time. People can meet their relatives and can share joy and sorrow. It is an important festival as important as Dashain for Hinduism. Most of the time it rains during Nag Panchami. So we should also think about the preservation of this culture and tradition. It is a spiritual belief. This festival is best in their own way.
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Author: Ankur Pradhan, Poonam Neupane, Anil Sharma