As per Hindu Vedic scriptures, Snakes are an inherent part of our world with a part of it, Patal Lok specifically meant for them. They are also believed to possess powers far greater than us humans.
As per the Hebrew Bible, even during the presence and existence of only Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were accompanied by a snake who later encouraged and excited Eve into eating the forbidden fruit.
This incident further led to the formation of human race. Thus, Snakes are one of the prime animal species awarded a very sacred place by our scriptures. We worship them on Nag Panchami and offer them our prayers.
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Story Behind Nag Panchami
The story dates back to the time of the Mahabharata, when King Janamejaya of the kingdom of Kuru was hell bent to destroy the snake community completely and avenge the death of his father, Parikshit. Thus, he started the ‘Sarpa Satra’, a yagna by the learned saints powerful enough to destroy the serpent community completely including their King Takshaka who held onto God’s King Indra for safety. Thus, the life of King Indra was also endangered.
Goddess Manasadevi then sent her son Astika to stop the yagna who successfully saved all the Snakes. This day is now celebrated as the Nag Panchami.
Why is it Celebrated
As per Hindu Scriptures, Snakes are mystical creatures of the Patal Lok, who have been granted many powers by the Almighty. Thus, the females all over India and Nepal worship the snake God on this day to make him happy and to protect their brothers and other family members from all evils including snake-bite.
Muhurat of Nag Panchami 2017
Date: 27 July 2017, Day: Thursday
Nag Panchami Puja Muhurat = 07:01 AM to 08:52 AM, Duration = 1 Hour 51 Mins In Morning
Muhurat of Nag Panchami 2016
Shukla Paksha Panchami during Sawan month is observed as Nag Panchami. The Nag Panchami shall begin at 4:04 am on 7th August, 2016 to 6:00 am on 8th August, 2016. But the puja is from 6:21 am to 8:54 am on 7th August.
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Benefits of Nag Panchami
It is believed that any prayer done for the Snake God on the auspicious day of Nag Panchami shall be well received.
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Nag Panchami is a very important festival for Hindus all over the world. It is celebrated all over India in the following way:
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