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Nag Panchami 2020: Know The History,Importance ,Rituals And Significance
Naga Panchami is a day of traditional worship of Nagas or snakes observed by Hindus throughout India, Nepal, and other countries where Hindu adherents live.
Nag Panchami is a day of traditional worship of Nagas or snakes observed by Hindus across India
New Delhi: This year, in 2020, the festival of Nag Panchami falls on July 25. As the name suggests, this festival is dedicated to the worship of snakes. Celebrated in the month of Shravan, Nagpanchami arrives on the Panchami Tithi, Shukla Paksha. On this day, women visit the trees and anthills where snakes are found. They offer milk to the snakes and pray for the well-being of their family.
The milk is offered to the snakes as a blog, and there is a long-standing significance to this tradition. The rituals of this festival have a legend behind their significance. There once lived in a village a farmer, his wife, and their four children, three sons and a daughter. When one of the farmer’s son mistakenly killed baby snakes that sought refuge under the ground, the snake mother got furious after losing her children. She bit the farmer, his wife, and their sons, who suffered death.
The spared daughter learned about her family members’ death and pleaded with the snake mother to bring them back to life. She offered her prayers to the God of serpents and offered milk to the snake mother. The snake mother was pleased by the girl’s devotion, and since her children were killed unknowingly by the girl’s brother, she forgave their family.
Even today, this story holds significance, as women who offer milk to snakes ask them for forgiveness for the wrongs that their families might have unknowingly done to them . on this day, women also pray for the prosperity of their brothers. Therefore, the day is also known as Bhratu Panchmi.
Snakes are known to be sharp minded creatures who always seek revenge for the death of their loved ones. So, this day is marked as a day of kindness and forgiveness when women feed milk to snakes for forgiveness and blessings of gods.