Nag Panchami is an Indian festival celebrated on fifth day of shukla paksha (waxing phase) of Hindu calendar month of Shravan.
In 2016, Nag Panchami will be celebrated on 7th August 2016.
Nag Panchami is an auspicious day dedicated to worship of Nagas (Snakes).
Traditionally, married young women visit their premarital households to celebrate the festival.
Legends of Nag Panchami :
According to Puranic scriptures, Brahma’s son Kashyapa had four wives. The first wife gave birth to Devas; the second to Garudas; the third to Nagas; and the fourth to Daityas. Nagas were the rulers of Pātāl-Loka.
The names of the Nine Great Nagas are: Ananta, Vasuki, Shesha, Padmanābha, Kambala, Shankhapala, Dhartarashtra, Takshaka, and Kaliya:
According to the scriptures, Lord Krishna conquered Naga Kaliya and put an end to the evil deeds on this day (Nag Panchamī).
Nag Panchami Puja :
As the name of the festival indicates, on this day, Naga (snake) is worshipped.
Majority of the people do the pujas and make the offerings at the Nagaraja temples.
Snake worship is a symbolic way of saying to people to respect and worship Nature because the survival of human beings depends on the survival of others species in Nature.