Updated: Tue, 02 Aug 2022 09:39 AM IST
Nag Panchami is an auspicious Hindu festival when Hindus worship 'Nag Devta' or snakes. The traditional festival falls days after Hariyali Teej. It is observed on Shukla Paksha Panchami during Sawan month. This year, Nag Panchami, also called Nag Chaturthi or Nagul Chavithi is being observed today. Women, on this day, will worship Nag Devta and pray for the wellness of their families.
Nag Panchami 2022: Why Snakes are Worshipped in India?
Snakes hold a significant place in the Hindu scriptures. Lord Shiva is depicted as wearing a snake around his neck. Moreover, Lord Vishnu is also seen on Shesha Nag. It is also believed that Lord Krishna defeated Kaliya in Vrindavan. Therefore snakes have always been an integral part of Hindu scriptures.
According to Hindu beliefs, any puja offered to snakes on this day would reach the serpent Gods. There are 12 serpent gods worshipped namely, Ananta, Vasuki, Shesha, Padma, Kambala, Karkotaka, Ashvatara, Dhritarashtra, Shankhapala, Kaliya, Takshaka and Pingala.
This year, Nag Panchami will be worshipped today. The Panchami Tithi will began at 5:31 AM and will conclude at 5:41 AM on August 3, 2022.
It is believed that worshipping Nag Devta will protect the family from evil. Devotees keep fast and feed the poor. Moreover, Some devotees also make snake idols with clay at home. The deity is offered flowers, sweets, and milk.
Meanwhile, the gates of Nagchandreshwar Temple, located at Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh are also opened only on the occasion of Nag Panchami. As per the Hindu scriptures, Nagraj Takshak himself comes into the temple. The temple is located on the third floor of the Mahakal temple and was built by King Bhoj in the year 1050. The Mahakaleshwar temple in Ujjain was built by Lord Brahma. It was demolished during the time of the Mughals. When Maratha kings ruled Ujjain, Ranoji Scindia rebuilt the Mahakal temple during his reign