Nag Panchami – Worship of Snake

nag panchami, नग पंचमी, Lord krishna

Nag Panchami (Devanagari: नाग पंचमी) is a traditional worship of snakes or serpents observed by Hindu peoples of Nepal also in India. The worship is offered on the fifth day of bright half of Lunar month of Shravan (July/August), according to the Hindu calendar. The abode of snakes is believed to be patal lok, (the seven realms of the universe located below the earth) and lowest of them is also called Naga-loka, the region of the Nagas, as part of the creation force and their blessings are sought for the welfare of the family. Serpent deity made of silver, stone or wood or the painting of snakes on the wall are given a bath with milk and then revered.

It is believe that worshiping snake at this day by painting on main door of house helps to stay safe from lighting, fire, snake and scorpion.

Also called Naaga Pujaa
Observed by Hindus
Type Religious, Nepal and india
Date Fifth day (Panchami) of the month of Shravan month of the Lunar calendar
2014 date 1 August
2015 date 19 August

Worship

On the Nag Panchami day Nag, cobras, and snakes are worshipped with milk, sweets, flowers, lamps and even sacrifices. Images of Nag deities made of silver, stone, wood, or paintings on the wall are first bathed with water and milk and then worshipped with the reciting of the following mantras.[1]

Devanagari Roman alphabet IPA (Sanskrit) IAST Rough translation

नाग प्रीता भवन्ति शान्तिमाप्नोति बिअ विबोह्
सशन्ति लोक मा साध्य मोदते सस्थित समः

Naga preeta bhavanti shantimapnoti via viboh
Sashanti lok ma sadhya modate shashttih samh

n̪ɑːɡɑː pr̩ːt̪ɑː bʱʋn̪iːt̪ h ɕɑːˈn̪t̪imɑːˈpn̪oːt̪iː ʋijɑː biʋh
s̪ɕɑːˈn̪t̪i l̪oːk mɑː s̪ɑːˈd̪ʱj moːd̪t̪eː s̪ˈs̪t̪ʰt̪iː s̪mh

Nāga prītā bhavanti śāntimāpnoti bia viboh
saśanti loka mā sādhya modate sasthitaḥ samaḥ

Let all be blessed by the snake goddess, let everyone obtain peace
Let all live peacefully without any turbulence.

 

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