According to Hindu beliefs, the month of Sharwan is one of the most auspicious months, and there are several auspicious days that fall in Shrawan month, one of which is ‘Nag Panchami.’
Date of Naga Panchami 2022
In the year 2022, Nag Panchami will be observed on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha, two days after Haryali Teej. Nag Panchami will fall on a Tuesday in Shrawan Month this year. we all celebrate Naga Panchami on 4 August 2022.
Nag Panchami is also known as Nag Chaturthi, and devotees worship Nag Devta (God of serpents) and ask for their blessings.
Significance of Naga Panchami
Hinduism accords great significance to Nag Panchami because it is thought that the snake that Lord Shiva wears around his neck is an adornment. Nag Panchami is observed during the month of Shrawan, which is devoted to Lord Shiva.
Lord Vishnu is connected to Nag Panchami because of his resting place on Sheshnag. According to Hindu traditions, Sheeshnag has 1000 heads and can hold all the planets on his head. He is regarded as the king of all snakes.
How People celebrate Nag Panchami
Hindus observe fasting on this day and celebrate Nag Panchami by worshipping snake deities, giving milk and sweets to snakes, and other customs. To commemorate this fortunate day, large fairs are also organized in numerous locations.
Naga Panchami 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, and 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.