What is Nag Panchami?
Nag Panchami is the famous Hindu festival of snakes which is celebrated on the
fifth day of the amayasa. On this great day snake is worshipped and it has a
special importance of being Sheshanaga of the Lord Vishnu. This festival is
celebrated every year in order to give respect and honor to snakes.
History and Celebration of this great festival Nag Panchami
History of Nag Panchami
There are many legend associated behind this festival. One of the story related
to this festival is that a farmer while tilling his land, killed many serpents
accidently. Their mother took the revenge by killing and biting the farmer along
with his family. From that family all members were killed except his daughter
who always prays to Nags. So this day is celebrated as Nag Panchami where it is
believed that on this day snake is worshipped, so that he will never bite anyone
in the family.
The legend related to this festival is that one day lord Krishna is playing with
the balls with cowboys near Yamuna River. On playing the ball, it gets entangled
in the tree. When the lord Krishna climbed up to tree to get the ball, he fell
down in the river where a snake named Kaliya lived. When Krishna fell down into
the water, snake was angry with him. On the other hand Lord Krishna started
jumping on his head and then snake said sorry to Lord Krishna. So this day is
also celebrated as Victory Day when the lord Krishna has got victory over snake.
How Nag Panchami is celebrated?
On this Great Day, snake is worshipped which took place in the month of August
and September. It is believed that this festival is celebrated in the month of
Rainy season. Shiva temples along with snake temples are crowded with people on
this day. According to this Hindu mythology snake is worshipped because they act
as a protecting mode for crops which may get damaged by the rats. On this great
day snakes are offered Milk along with silver jewellery.