The festival of Nag Panchami is celebrated throughout India since ancient times. This festival is traditionally dedicated to Nag Devta as it is believed that worshipping serpent Gods is essential on some days. Nag Panchmi falls on two days after Hariyali teej. On this day women pray for the well being of their brothers and sons.
Witnessing a snake on the day of Nag Panchami is considered auspicious. It is said that snakes are the incarnation of power and sun. As per Hindu mythology, snakes, fire, sun and other ancestors are given utmost importance. Therefore, on this very basis worshipping of snakes is nothing strange.
Nag Panchami is a festival of uniting humanity with nature. In Hindu cults and creeds nature’s each creature, plant, movable and immovable thing is considered as God. Great sages of ancient times had given religious meanings to all the festivals and prayers. This way these festivals increase the religious faith of a person and also connects human to nature.
Why do we celebrate Nag Panchami ?
As per a legend, when Janmejay, son of Maharaj Parikshit could not save his father from Nag Taksh’s bite, he punished him. He forced Taksha to repent in front of him. Although, he was forgiven after he was found guilty for his action and since then, it has become a ritual that whosoever worship God snake on Nag Panchami of Shravan Maas will be free from Nag dosh.
What not to be done on Nag Panchami?
Usually people have this misconception of offering milk to Nag Devta on the auspicious occasion of Nag Panchami. However, that is one thing that should be strictly avoided. Devotees should not feed milk to Nag Devta on the day of worshipping God snake. Feeding snakes with milk can cause your death. It is similar to killing your God with your own hands. Therefore, escape from committing this blunder and save living beings on such an occasion of faith and devotion.
We wish you all Happy Nag Panchami on 7th August, 2016! Hope the day will bring prosperity and goodluck in your life.