Nag Panchami – Rituals And Significance of Nag Panchmi - Naag Panchami festival
Nag Panchami, also known as Mansa DeviMansa Devi
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Puja, celebrated on the fifth day after Amavasi in Shravan month is devoted to the Nagas. Nagas are an essential part of Hinduism and is closely connected with all the major deities in Hindu religion. One of the major prevalent belief among Hindus that the whole earth was the home of the Snakes and when human beings were created Lord asked them to move underground and humans promised to feed and prayer them on Nagpanchami day. Apart from this, there are thousands of history associated with Snakes in Hindu religion.
Reason behind celebrating Nag Panchmi
It is believed that Lord Krishna, a Hindu God had saved the lives of people from the oppression of Kaliya, the snake. It is believed that one day when KrishnaKrishna
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was playing by the side of river Yamuna and his ball got stuck the branches of a tree that were just one side of the river. While trying to get that ball, Krishna fell into the river. Then Kaliya attacked him, he fought and after some time the snake understood that he was an extraordinary child and he said to Krishna not to kill him and Krishna forgives him by taking a promise that he will not annoy the people of villages anymore. Nag Panchami is also celebrated as the victory of Krishna on Kaliya, the most dangerous snake.
How to worshipping Nag Panchami?
On Nag Panchami devotees are worshiped at Naga temples, holy places with idols of Nagas and at anthills. In India, all villages have a holy place for snakes with a small grove and many idols of the Nagas. Devotees are also worshiped at the sanctuary of ShivaShiva
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. In other parts of India West Bengal and Orissa, Mansa, the queen of serpents, is worshiped on this day.
In some places, devotees take a fast from sunrise to sunset. Devotees only consume food after sunset. In some part of the regions, people take an oil bath on this Nag Panchami day. Unmarried women believe that worshiping to the Nagas will help them in getting a good life partner.
In rural India and in many houses in towns, two images of snakes are drawn on doors using cow dung or rice or turmeric paste. In some places, villagers draw a five-headed snake. Snake kolams are drawn on this day in South India. This is to welcome the Nag Raja.
In some of the regions, an idol of the five-hooded snake is made using mud, turmeric, sandal, and saffron.
Special pujas are performed at the anthill, which is found a large scale in rural India. Milk, betel leaf, betel nut, tender coconuts, turmeric powder, puffed paddy, jaggery, flower and tender leaves of palm and areca trees are offered.
Maharashtra is renowned for Nag Panchami as devotees here feed snakes with milk. In most places, snake conjuror arrives with snakes on the day.
Some famous areas of worship during the Nag Panchami
1) Adiesha Temple in Andhra Pradesh
3) Nagathamman Temple in Chennai
4) Hardevja Temple in Jaipur