NAAG PANCHAMI PUJA
The Nag Panchami or festival of snakes is celebrated on the fifth day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan (July /August). In Vedic culture, snakes have an important place. The Shastras are filled with tales and stories about snakes, the most important being the Sheshnag of Lord Vishnu and Vasuki around Lord Shiva’s neck.
Indian scriptures such as Agni Purana, Skanda Purana, Narada Purana, and Mahabharata give details of the history of snakes extolling worship of snakes. According to the Puranas, it is said that the origin of Naagas’ have been directly related to Lord Brahma and that is why they are considered auspicious. It is believed that Brahma’s son Kashyapa had four wives. His first wife is the mother of all Devatas’, second to Danavas’, third to Garudas’ and fourth to the Nagas. The Nagas are the rulers of the Paataal Lok. Images of Naag made of silver, stone, wood, or paintings on the wall are first bathed with water, milk, and turmeric powder and then worshipped with the reciting of mantras. According to the Shastra, plowing of field and any kind of digging earth is forbidden on this day.
A person who worships Naag Devata is blessed with protection from snake bites, evil eyes, and from Ophidiophobia, or Ophiophobia (the abnormal fear of snakes). The person is blessed by Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. This Puja is said to tone down the malefic effects of Kaal Sarp Dosh.
Puja Description: Swasti Vaachan, Shanti Path, Sankalp, Gauri-Ganesh Pujan, Kalash Pujan, Mansa Devi Pujan, Naag Devata Pujan, Vedokta Sarp Sukta Paath and Nav Naag Stotra Paath, Aarti and Prasad to Brahmins
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Number of Pundit/s: 1
Prasadam: The Yajmaan will receive a Rudraksha Japmala and a video recording covering the most important parts of the Puja and Prasad from the Puja.