What is Nag Panchami?
Nag Panchami is a holy traditional Hindu annual ritual. Nag Panchami is observed in worship to snakes and larger serpents, but quite often the cobra snake. Nag Devta is one of the snake deities. The tradition of celebration of Nag Panchami is been followed in the Indian peninsula since time immemorial, from the times of ancient mythologies and cultures. Many call or refer to Nag Panchami as the Festival of Snakes. The Sanskrit word Nag means snake. Panchami is the 5th lunar day of the Paksha, moon’s monthly fortnight, of the Hindu lunar calendar. The Sanskrit word Panch (पञ्च) means 5.
When is Nag Panchami celebrated?
Nag Panchami, as per the Gregorian calendar will be observed on Monday, the 5th of August in 2019. The date of Nag Panchami can vary every year. The Gregorian date of Nag Panchami is determined according to the Hindu lunar calendar. Nag Panchami falls on the 5th lunar day, Tithi, of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Shravana, in the monsoon period. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing moon phase in the lunar month’s fortnight. Nag Panchami always falls in the Gregorian July-August period.
Where is Nag Panchami observed? Where are snake-related temples?
Nag Panchami is observed in India and Nepal. Some of the famous snake-related temples in India are Bhujang Naga Temple in Gujarat, Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple in Kerala, Kukke Shri Subrahmanya Temple in Karnataka, etc.
Are there any other snake-related observances in the world?
Some places that have snake-related rituals or observances can be found in places like Egypt and some other parts of Africa, Korea etc. Snakes-related worship is observed in some other parts of the world as well, for example in Italy, under different name and observance and rituals, called Feast of San Domenico. The snake has different relevance in Buddhism, and also that the Chinese and Japanese regard it in the form of Year of the Snake, in the belief system. Quite commonly, killing a snake is regarded as inauspicious.
Kal Sarp Dosh in Astrology is a particular condition in a native’s birth chart. Kaal means dark or black, Sarp means snake or serpent, Dosh is the Astrology condition. In Kaal Sarp Dosh, the planets are placed on one side between the opposite placed Rahu and Ketu in the Astrology birth chart.
Who observes Nag Panchami?
Nag Panchami is celebrated in Hinduism and Jainism. Married women majorly observe Nag Panchami, however, many natives, especially the devotees of Lord Shiva observe Nag Panchami as well. Images of Lord Shiva are depicted with a snake around his neck. In fact, the monsoon month of Sharavan is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
How is Nag Panchami observed?
Many people worship actual live snakes or the images or idols of snakes in the form of Nag Devta. Many offer milk, sweets and flowers to snakes or their idols or images. Many prepare milk-based sweets, called Kheer. Many married women and also devotees observe Vrat, fast. The Nag Panchami prayer and Tithi timings are:
Nag Panchami prayer Puja auspicious timing Mahurat is between ~ 6 am and ~ 8:30 am IST
Nag Panchami Tithi is between 3:27 am to 1:51 am of the following day, the 16th of August
A Mantra for Lord Shiva is—
Om Namah Shivaya
ॐ नमः शिवाय
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