Awesome things about Nag Panchami festival

 Nag Panchami is observed just two days after Hariyali Teej.
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Nag Panchami is going to be celebrated on the 2nd of August 2022, Tuesday. The auspicious day is observed with a whole lot of celebration and pomp all over the nation. Nag Panchami is observed just two days after Hariyali Teej. On this wonderful occasion, snake gods are prayed to get their blessings for the family. Women visit temples where snake gods are situated like Lord Shiva temples or any Hindu temple where there is a separate place for serpent gods. Then the milk is poured on the snake gods and pooja is performed. People who live in villages are fearless to offer milk and pooja to live snakes.

Awesome facts about Nag Panchami 2020 festival

Nag Panchami falls on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha of Shravan month. That's why it is called Panchami. On this day, women and devotees also offer home-prepared sweets and give flowers to the serpent gods. Some people buy clay idols of snakes so that they can worship them. On this day, many people keep fast as a belief that it will protect them from snakebites.

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A mythological story states that on this day, snakes come from heaven on the earth to bless their devotees. People also make snake gods in the form of silver, wood, or stone so that they can pour in the milk. Some people prepare snake god from the form of cow dung and keep it on their doorstep. The reason they bathe the deity is to get rid of their sins. Some people feed Brahmins on this day. Some places also host snake fairs. It is believed that on this day, people should not dig and plow on the earth as it will harm the snakes. Some people also say that doing rituals on Nag Panchami will help to get rid of Pitru Dosha. 

Some of the famous snake temples that will see a lot of crowds on Nag Panchami include Kukke Subramanya Temple, Tirunageswaram Temple, Mannarashala Temple, and Bhujang Naga Temple in Gujarat, etc. Especially the Mannarasala Temple in Kerala is believed to be one of the biggest snake temples in India. It is because the temple is dedicated to the god Nagaraja who is said to be the king of all snakes. There are amazing 30,000 stone snake idols and images located in the compound of the temple. The temple is believed to be more than 3,000 years old.

It is indeed considered to be a sin to kill snakes because there are death rituals held if snakes are killed accidentally. Serpent gods are not to be angered and that's why with full devotion and dedication they should be given the required respect.

There has been an amazing story about how snakes became the favorite of Lord Shiva. In one of the episodes of the TV series Devon Ke Dev Mahadev, Lord Shiva was drinking the poison that was churned out during the Samudra Manthan. When he was doing the act, he saw small snakes in the sea that were accompanying him, which delighted him the most. He told that's why snakes are his favorite and kept the snake around his neck and head.