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Nag Panchami 2020 Nagpanchami: a festival dedicated to Nagas

Fauna has special significance in Indian culture. If the cow is a mother to us, then we worship the Peepal tree in the form of deity. Nagpanchami is an important part of our culture. Nagpanchami is an important Hindu festival dedicated to the serpents.

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Nagpanchami and Indian Culture: Snake and our culture

Snake is an important part of our culture. While the snakes are wrapped around Lord Shiva's neck in the form of ornaments, on the other hand, Shivling, the formless-formless form of Shiva, is also adorned with snakes. Lord Vishnu sleeps on the bed of Sheshnag. Sheshnag never deviates from Vishnu's service. It is believed that whenever Lord Vishnu incarnates on earth, then Sheshnag ji incarnates with him. Sheshnag was also incarnated as Lakshmanji in Ramavatar and Balram ji in Krishnavatar.

Nag Panchami: When does Nagpanchami celebrate

The fifth day or Panchami is celebrated as Nagpanchami on the Shukla Paksha of the holy month of Shravan (Sawan). It is believed that the Panchami of Shukla Paksha of Shravan month is a date which gives pleasure to the serpents, hence it is known as 'Nagpanchami'. According to the legend, once Naglok started burning with the mother's curse, then the pain and suffering of the serpents became silent on the day of Shravan Shukla Panchami. Due to this, the festival of 'Nagpanchami' became popular.

Nag Panchami Vart pujan vidhi: Nagpanchami fast worship method

This festival is celebrated by worshiping snake or snake with white lotus. Generally people make snakes of different sizes from clay and decorate it with different colors. The idol of a snake made of clay is placed on a platform and milk is offered on them. There are permanent temples of Nag Devta in some parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka where their special worship is done with much pomp. This day is also of special importance for snake charmers, they are given milk and money. These days excavation of soil is completely banned.

According to Garuda Purana, a picture of snake is made at the entrance of the house and they are worshiped. It is also known as ‘Mural Chitra Nag Pooja’. Women provide food, laddus and kheer (a special food made of rice, milk and sugar) to Brahmins. These things are offered to the snake and also to the snake's bill.

There are many stories behind the worship of Nag Panchami, one of which is quite popular.

Once upon a time there was a farmer who had two sons and a daughter. One day while he was running a plow in his field, his plow passed through three snake children and the snake's children died. Seeing the death of his children, his mother Nag felt very sad .. Nagin decided to avenge the death of his children from the farmer. One night while the farmer and his family were sleeping, the serpent entered his house. He duss (chopped) the farmer, his wife and his two sons. All died as a result. The little girl of the farmer was not chomped by the snake, which spared her alive. The next day, the serpent again went to the farmer's house with the intention of bashing the daughter of the farmer. The daughter of the farmer was quite intelligent. To appease Nag Mata, he filled the bowl with milk and folded his hands and prayed that the serpent forgive his father for the death of his beloved sons. He welcomed the serpent and prayed to forgive his parents. Nag Mata was very happy with this and gave life to the farmer, his wife and his two sons, whom he had harvested at night. Apart from this, Nag Mata has also blessed with the promise that the seven generations of the woman who worships snake on Shravan Shukla Panchami will be safe.

It was the day of Nag Panchami and since then snakes have been worshiped to protect them from snake bite.

Nag Panchami and current time

The festival of Nagpanchami in the true sense inspires us to conserve snakes. Every animal has its own role and contribution in protection of environment and promotion of forestry, then snakes are also inhabited by folk faith.

But now in Indian culture, venerable serpents are killed and sold for commercial gain. Snake skins, poisons and other products are very expensive in the international market, which is also in great demand and this is also the reason why snakes or snakes are killed indiscriminately. Several measures are being taken by the forest department and the government to preserve snakes, but the initiative of humans in the area of snakes has forced these calm creatures to become fierce.

While celebrating the festival of Nag Panchami, we should take a pledge that we will not use any such toilet or product in which snakes or snakes have been used. We hope that in future our children will also be able to see these snakes or snakes and will be able to see our culture.