Nag Panchami Puja- In South India
On this day married women and the girls wake up early in the morning, take head bath, arrange the things necessary for puja and start to reach a nearest AntHill(Snake’s Home). They offer puja and Milk to the Ant Hill and pray to Snake God(Indian Cobra – Lord Subramanya’s Incarnation) for the Wellness of their brothers and their family. This day is like Raksha Bandhan for South Indian Hindus. If there is no AntHill nearby, they offer milk and puja to the snake statues erected in the nearby temples. A portion of Milk taken for puja is taken back home and offered to everyone at home as prasadam. Now let’s perform Nag Panchami Puja - In South India.
Now Let’s perform Nag Panchami Puja.
- Let’s first collect all puja items.
- Next we will perform the main puja.
Let’s Collect Nag Panchami Puja Items & Learn Their Significance
- Moli (red thread)
- Roli (red powder)
- Incense sticks
- Sweets, Fruits
- Curd (Yogurt)
- Clarified butter (Ghee)
- Dry fruits
- Yagyopavit (sacred thread)
Let’s Perform The Main Nag Panchami Puja
Let’s Perform The Main Puja
Puja is considered complete after we offer dakshina
Mantras, Regional Information, Food Restrictions For Nag Panchami Puja.
Nag Devta Mantra
Take flowers or unbroken grains of rice in your hands. Meditate upon the goddess, saying:
Sarveh nagaha priyatam meh yeh kechintt pruthvitaleh //
Yeh cha helimarichista yehantareh divi sansthitha/
Yeh nadishu mahanagaha yeh saraswatigamina/
Yeh cha vapiitasagehshu teshu sarveshu vaaii namaha//
Meaning: “this shloka describes – May the snakes who stay in sky world heaven, sun rays, lakes, ponds, etc bless us and we bow them all”.
Drop the flowers and the rice at the feet of the goddess.