The festival of Nag Panchami will be celebrated on fifth Tithi of Shukla Paksha in Shravan Maasa. This year the festival will fall on 14th August in Hast nakshtra. This is the festival of faith and dedication. Worshiping the lord Shiva on this day is considered very auspicious.
Speciality of Nag Panchmi
According to Vedic astrology, the lord of fifth Tithi is Shiva. As Nag Panchmi falls in Shravan maasa, the work of digging the earth is not done in this month. Ploughing and sowing is not considered auspicious on Nag Panchmi. This is due to the presence of the Nag Devta in the earth, and digging can hurt him.
Procedure of Fasting on Nag Panchmi
Nag Panchmi is also celebrated on the fifth Tithi of Krishna Paksha in some places of the country. People keep fast on this day to make Nag Devta happy. After fasting for the entire day and when the Sun sets, Kheer is prepared as an offering for the worship of Nag Devta. This Kheer is first offered to the Nag Devta or lord Shiva. Salt and fried items are prohibited in the food prepared after fasting. We should follow all the rules of fasting on this day.
Celebration of Nag Panchmi in South India
In the Southern regions of India, people bathe with pure oil on Nag Panchmi of Shukla Paksha in Shravan maasa. Unmarried girls keep fast and pray for getting a good life partner.
System of Consuming Stale Food on Nag Panchmi
Only the food to be used during worship is prepared on the day of Nag Panchmi. Rest of the food items are prepared on the previous day. The members of a family who do not keep fast are given the stale food to consume. Generally, people prepare Kheer, rice and vermicelli pudding as fresh food items.
Worshiping the Figure of Nag Devta on the Main Entrance
On Nag Panchmi, the people on fast draw the figure of five-headed Nag Devta with cow-dung on both the sides of threshold of their house. If cow-dung is not available, Geru can also be used. After that, Nag Devta is worshiped with milk, Durva, Kusha, flowers, raw rice and sweets. The following mantra is also recited during worship:
” Om Kurukulye Hun Fat Swaha”
” ऊँ कुरुकुल्ये हुँ फट स्वाहा”
Wreathing this mantra three times makes Nag Devta happy. Nag Devta loves the fragrance of Sandalwood, therefore, we should use it during worship. White lotus is also used in the worship on this day. Reciting the above-mentioned mantra reduces malefic effects of ‘Kalsarp Dosha’.
Worship of the Goddess Mansa
In Northern India, the goddess Mansa is worshipped on the day of Nag Panchmi of Shravan Maasa. Mansa is said to be the goddess of snakes. That is why, the people of Bengal, Orissa and other regions worship the goddess Mansa on this auspicious day.
Reduction of Malefic Effects of Kalsarp Dosha
The people who have Kalsarp Dosha in their birth chart, should keep fast and worship according to the above-mentioned procedure on the day of Nag Panchmi. It will reduce the malefic effects of this yoga and yield favorable results.
Activities Prohibited on Nag Panchmi
We should not give milk to the snakes on Nag Panchmi because it may be fatal for Nag Devta. But we can pour the milk on Shivlingam on this day.
यह लेख हिन्दी में पढ़ें – “Nag Panchami Pujan for Kalsarp Remedies“