Sunday, 22 July 2012


Celebrating Naag Panchami, its significance and method of celebration

Nag Panchami is celebrated on Panchami of Shukla Paksh in Sharavan Masa. In the year 2012, Panchami Tithi falls on 23/07/2012 (8.12 am) and will continue till 24/07/2012 (06.52 am). Nag Panchami should be celebrated with full devotion and Lord Shiva should be offered abhishek with milk mixed water or clear water. It would remove the ill effects of Kaal Sarpa Dosha in the horoscope. Nag panchami and Kal Sarpa dosha are associated with each other. According to Hindu Astrology – Nag Panchami day is very auspicious to do pooja for serpents (Nag) and to remove Kaal Sarpa dosha in kundali. (Kaal Sarpa dosha happens when all planets come in the axis of Rahu and Ketu). This dosha casts adverse results in one's life, incurs pain and put hindrances in all the works of the native.

 On this day, Devotees visit temples which are dedicated to snakes to worship them. The temples of Lord Shiva are much preferred as he had a liking for snakes. In South India, snake images are carved out of cow dung and pasted near doors to welcome the snake god. Some of the devotees visit the holes of the anthills since they feel snakes are found in them.

On the day of Nag Panchami, having a vision of snake is considered auspicious. Snakes are considered as the incarnation of power and sun. It is said that, the one who worship God snake on Panchami of Shravan maas will be free from Naag Dosh. On Naag Panchami, fast is kept in order to make God Snake happy. In this fast, after the sunset and whole day fasting, Kheer is prepared as an offering for God snake while worshiping it. First of all the Kheer is offered to God snake or to Lord Shiva, and then eaten as Prashad (offering from God), by everyone. In this fast, intake of salt and fried things is prohibited. The person keeping the fast should follow all the rules.
On the day of Naag Panchami, people keeping fast, make a sculpture of snake with cow dung, having five heads, on both side of house’s threshold. Red soil can also be used if, in case cow dung is not available. After this, Snake God is worshiped with milk, grass, Kusha, sandalwood, Akshat(rice used in worshiping),flower, sweet(Ladoo) and Naag source or following Naag mantras are chanted
" ऊँ कुरुकुल्ये हुँ फट स्वाहा"
Chanting this mantra on rosary, three times, pleases the snake God. The fragrance of sandalwood is especially dear to Serpent God. Hence, sandalwood should be used while worshiping. White lotus is used in today’s prayer. Chanting of the above mentioned mantras, reduces the inauspicious effect of Kaalsarpa Yoga that is, the pacification of Kaal Sarpa Yoga.

What Not to Do on Nag Panchami(Very Important)

On the day of Naag Panchami, Snake God should not be fed with milk. Worshipers, if desire can make the Shiva Linga have a milk bath. Knowing that, drinking of milk can kill a snake, in such a situation feeding them with milk is like killing your God with your hands. Hence, avoid this mistake because snakes don’t drink milk, and if they do and are unable to digest it, they die. So basically instead of praying to the snakes or actually revering them, we might in fact be killing them by providing them milk. Some people may ask why the snake would drink milk if Milk is a mammal drink and not required or usually drank by snakes (it isn’t for reptiles) and if it kills them. The answer is that Snake-charmers usually don’t give their snakes water and food for a while before Nag Panchami. So, on that particular day, when the snakes find access to milk they drink it to soothe their parched throats and to satisfy their hunger. Essentially, they have no choice but to drink the milk for it is almost a matter of survival. And then, if they digest it, well and good… let’s hope they don’t drink it again, but if they don’t.. you have just caused another being of this earth his/her brutal death. So, please next time anyone feels like revering snakes or wants to adhere to the true spirit of Nag Panchami, leave some water out please. It will probably serve the snake better.
Happy Nag Panchami
“Om Namah Shivay”
“Hari Om Tat Sat”

Acharya Vikas Malhotra
Astrologer, Numerologist and Spiritual Healer