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Nag Panchami: Snake Worship (August 11, 2013)

By August 9, 2013

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Nag Panchami, a.k.a., Naga or Nagula Panchami, is a Hindu festival dedicated to the worship of snakes and serpent deities. It is observed across India and Nepal on the fifth day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Shravan during the monsoon season. It celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over the mythical Kaliya, a monstrous black python that was killed by Krishna in the Yamuna river. This year Nag Panchami falls on August 11, 2013.

Nine serpent deities are worshiped on the auspicious Nag Panchami day. Elaborate rituals in the form of 'puja' are held in temples and temporary altars in the honor of snake gods - Ananta, Vasuki, Padmanabha, Sesha, Kambala, Shankhapala, Dhruthrashtra, Takshaka and Kaliya - the nine prominent snake gods. In many parts of Eastern India Nag Panchami is dedicated to the serpent goddess, Manasa.

In Bengal and Bangladesh, the Manasa worship is a month-long affair spanning July and August. Devotees pay obeisance to goddess Manasa and perform various 'pujas' or rituals to appease her. Special 'murtis' or statues of the goddess are sculpted, various sacrifices made, and prayers chanted. In some places, worshippers are seen to pierce their bodies, poisonous snakes are displayed on the altar, and live shows depicting the life and legends of Manasa Devi are performed.

Read more about Goddess Manasa

August 4, 2011 at 3:32 am
(1) j b singh says:

i wish to all hindus at the festival of nag panchmi .

August 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm
(2) franklin ugoh says:

Hare Krishna ! I wish all the devotees and participant at the nag panshini festival a blisfull experience. Though i haven’t participated in such and wish to. Franklin Ugoh/ Nigeria.

July 17, 2012 at 8:07 am
(3) roshan says:

good wishes and may the Lord shower blessings on all the devotees on this auspicious festival.


July 18, 2012 at 3:24 am
(4) Rama Rao K says:

Nag Panchami may be a festival for the devout, but mostly fatal for the ‘minds-its-own-business’ snake. I observed that women folk across India pour milk into the anthills as offering to the snake gods little realizing that snakes do not drink milk. In fact, most of the anthills are empty and in case a snake does reside, it’s likely to drown rather than drink the offerings! Worse, snake charmers catch hold the hundreds of snakes, defang them in a most cruel way for the devout to worship. A nasty, primitive custom. Need to change this practice. Cruelty towards any living being in the name of god is condemnable.

July 20, 2012 at 4:12 am
(5) Raj Buranpuri says:

it should be corrrect :
//It celebrates the victory of Lord Krishna over the mythical Kaliya, a monstrous black python that was killed by Krishna in the Yamuna river.//

Sir i salute you to serve hinduism . this is my effort to make updation.
1> In mahabharat shree krishna did not kill kaliya nag. but order him to go in patallok.

2> 14 serpents dieties are there and one strotra presents this 14 nag name who ruled & exist in 14 loka.

3.> mostly no one people prays nagpanchami with memories you mentioned but they pray as them “bhumi devta” with diffrent name : “khsetrapal,nagdev,gogamaharaj etc.” and this not only reserved for nagpanchmi.

4.> yogi has discovered this element as “kundalini sakti” and this yet to be discover that how this “nag” is associate to every devta specially lord mahadev and lord vishnu.

5.>in mahabharat when bhim poisoned and accidently goes to patal or river bottom. “vasuki nag give him 1000 elephant strength” as vasuki nag is metarnal uncle of bhim. you know that kunti have used durvasha rushi’s mantra to control devta. and his all children blessed by different devta in this chain vasuki nag is metarnal uncle of bhim but how is to be discovered.

6> same blessing from nag given to another chitraketu human for 1000 nag strength.

7> all commonly knows kashyap rushi has 2 wifes but kashyap rushi has 13 wife (Aditi, Diti, Kadru, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavaśā, Ida, Khasa and Muniall) daughthers of daksha parajapti. diti-danav;aditi-dev/aaditya; “kadru-Nag”. so inittially dev danav and nag are in existance as divine super than human.

8.> samudra manthan vasuki nag role is important and only option to world for dev and danav.
May be many books burn nd distroyed by mughal/angej so related details book might be lost but need to be research.

Hope to hear from you soon. plz correect me if anything needs evidence or justify.

Thanks & Regards,
Raj Buranpuri.

July 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm
(6) WhiteWolf says:

I learned of this through a couple of my neighbors, who had decorations outside/on their apartment doors.

I’m a Pagan by choice, but I find learning about other religions fascinating.

I wish more people could be as open and accepting; the world would be a much happier place.

December 13, 2012 at 2:28 am
(7) Appu says:

Dear all,

Plz read the autobiography of Sri. M. It’s name is ‘Apprenticed to A Himalayan Master A Yogi’s Autobiography’.
He is rendering an astounding encounter with one of the members of Naga dhevathas. Truly a breath taking incident.

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