Nag Panchami 2013, Festival of Snakes
Nag Panchami is the festival of snakes, where the snakes are worshiped. The Hindu mythology has given due reverence to the snakes, especially the Lord Vishnu’s snake, the snake on which Lord Vishnu rests. Nag Panchami is celebrated nation wide every year. The reference of Nag Panchami goes back to the Puranas, which marks Nag Panchami as one of the most auspicious days. According to the Puranas, feeding of the snakes with milk for 5 days will ensure against any danger to the family.
Nag Panchami is celebrated around the monsoon time, when the snakes are mostly around, and the people pray to the snakes in order to be safeguarded against snake bites. The puja differ from state to state. While most pray in the snake temple, most others pray before a live snake. The snake or the idol of the snake is bathed in milk and the snake music is also played. Lord Shiva is also worshiped on Nag Panchami as he was very fond of snakes and had one wrapped around his neck.
There are legends associated with Nag Panchami. The legend forbids a farmer to till his land, as once a farmer had accidentally killed a young serpent while ploughing his field. The mother of that serpent had avenged its death by killing the farmer and his family, except his daughter who at that time was worshiping the Nag. Because of her prayers, the whole family was revived – the popular belief since that worship of snakes will protect the whole family from snake bites.
The celebrations will be as every year, where the people will bathe the snake or the snake idol with milk, and there will be music and a fair organised which will feature magic shows and acrobatic feats.
Nag Panchami 2012 Date: Sunday, 11 August