Naga Panchami 2022- Date, History, and More

This year we all celebrate Naga Panchami on 4 August 2022. Every year Nana Panchami day comes on Shukla Paksha Panchami on Sawan month. 

On This day people pray and offer milk to Snake and Lord Shiva in the temple also make Kheer, Puri, and other dishes at home. 

History

According to the Hindu mythology Snake is the part of lord Siva Aura and many stories have been written in Hindu Puran about snakes.

Agni Purana and Skanda Purana provide details about the history of snake worship in India.

Sarpa Satra is the snake sacrifice. Astika Young Brahmin is now able to stop the Yagna.

The Mahabharata epic shows Janamejaya as the son of King Parikshita from the Kuru Dynasty performing Sarpa Satra (snake sacrifice) to avenge his father’s death due to a snake bite by Takshaka.

A special sacrificial fireplace was built and the fire sacrifice that would kill all snakes around the world was initiated by a vast array of Brahmin sages. Janamejaya witnessed the sacrifice and it caused all the snakes to be flung into the Yagna Kunda (sacrificial pit). The priests discovered that Takshaka, who had attacked and killed Parisksihita, had escaped to the nether realm of Indra to seek his protection. To drag Takshaka (and also Indra) to the sacrificial flame, the sages increased their speed of reciting the mantras. Takshaka had wrapped himself around Indra’s bed, but the power of the sacrificial Yagna made it so that Indra and Takshaka were also dragged to the fire.

The gods were scared and called Manasadevi for help. The mother requested her son Astika go to the Sarpa Satra Yagna site and appeal to Janamejaya. Janamejaya was impressed by Astika’s knowledge of all Sastras, which he granted permission to ask for a boon. Astika asked Janamejeya for help in stopping the Sarpa Satra. The king is not known for refusing a boon to a Brahmin and he finally agreed to it, despite the protections provided by the rishis who were performing the Yagna. The Yagna was stopped, and Indra, Takshaka, and the other serpent races were spared. According to the Hindu Calendar, this day was Nadivardhini Panchami, the fifth day of the bright fortnight lunar month Shravana in the monsoon seasons. Since then, the day has been a festival day for the Nagas, as their lives were spared. Indra went to Manasadevi and worshipped her.

According to the Garuda Purana, offering prayers to a snake on this day is considered auspicious. It will bring good fortune to your life. You should then feed Brahmins.