Nag Panchami Festival is the traditional worship of snakes observed by Hindus throughout India and Nepal. It’s a day of snakes worshiped on the fifth day following the no-moon (aushi). So the day is called as Nag Panchami.
According to Hindu mythology, Nags are deity snakes. The ritual is widely observed in Nepal, particularly for the fight between Garuda and a great serpent. On the Nag Panchami day, snakes are worshiped with milk, sweets, flowers and lamps. Images of Nag deities made of silver, stone, wood or paintings on the wall are first bathed with water and milk and then worshiped with the reciting of the following mantras.
What is Nag?
Nag are deity snakes as worshiped since long time according to the Hindu myth. On this day Nag, cobras and snakes are worshiped with milk, sweets, flowers, burning lamps and tika on the posters of nag deities. There is a special mantra for worshiping Naag panchami.
How is nag Panchami celebrated in Nepal?
On the nag panchami, Hindus first take a holy bath at morning, post the pictures of nags above the doors of their homes and offer milk, lava, sweets, flowers. The poster of nag is stuck with cow dung.
People make cotton garland, use cow dung and rice flour as the snake form and worship it with cow’s milk, lava, barley, sesame, nuts and flowers. According to Hindu myth, it is believed that proper celebration of nags will protect us from the bad evil and bless with good health, wealth during our lifetime.
Nag Panchami Mantra 2076
अनन्तं वासुकिं शेषं पद्मनाभं च कम्बलम्।
शंखपालं धार्तराष्ट्रं तक्षकं कालियं तथा ।।
एतानि नवनामानी नगनां च महत्मनाम् ।
सायंकाले पठेन्नित्यं प्रात:काले विशेषत:।।
तस्मै विषभयं नास्ति सर्वत्र विजयी भवत् ।।
Nag Panchami Date Year 2016 to Year 2021
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2016 : Aug 7 Sunday
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2017 : Jul 27 Thursday
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2018 : Aug 15 Wednesday
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2019 : Aug 5 Monday
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2020 : Jul 25 Saturday
Nag Panchami Festival Date Year 2021 : Aug 13 Friday
Naag Panchami Mantra in Devanagari
नाग प्रीता भवन्ति शान्तिमाप्नोति बिअ विबोह्
सशन्ति लोक मा साध्य मोदते सस्थित समः
Nag Panchami Poster
Some interesting facts about Nag Panchami 2076
- Ploughing and digging is forbidden on Nag Panchami because it might inadvertently kill a snake.
- In Hindu mythology snakes represent rain and are often regarded as the deities of ponds and rivers.
- While all serpents and snakes are worshipers, the main ritual even is to offer milk and crystallized sugar to cobra
- Cobra is short for cobra de capelo or cobra-de-capelo, which is Portuguese for “snake with hood” or “hood-snake”
- There are 270 different types of Cobras and their relatives, they all have short fangs and are all extremely poisonous.
- When threatened, the Indian Cobra will raise the front one-third of its body and elongate its neck ribs to form its distinctive hood, on which there are resembled eyes.
- King cobras can reach 18 feet in length, making them the longest of all venomous snakes
- A spitting cobra is any of several species of cobras that can project venom from their fangs when defending themselves. The sprayed venom is harmless but it could cause temporary blindness. Some species spit their venom as far as 6.6 feet!