India is a country where people celebrate even the smallest festivals at a large scale. There are around 62 festivals in a year which people celebrate. Nag Panchami is also one of the festivals in Hindu religion to celebrate.
Story behind the Festival
There are many ancient stories behind celebrating the festival of Nag Panchami. Once there was a farmer who lived in a village. He had two sons and one daughter. Once his sons were ploughing the field for sowing seeds. They did not know that there are three snakes inside the field. The three snakes were killed by them accidently. The mother of those snakes decided to take revenge from them. She took the revenge by biting farmer, his wife, his two sons. All the family members were died but the daughter was left alone. Next day the farmer’s daughter saw all her family members dead. She decided to ask forgiveness from the mother of the snakes. She took a bowl of milk and offered to the mother snake. She joined her hands before her and asked for forgiveness. She prayed before the mother snake to restore the life of her family. Seeing this the mother snake was pleased and melt her heart towards the daughter and restored the life of the family. Since then people started to worship snakes, and the day is celebrated as Nag Panchami. Snake charmers roam to attract people in Temples.
Nag Panchami is celebrated at a large scale in almost every part of India. On the day of Nag Panchami, people worship Nag means Snakes. People use to go to the temples and offer Nag Devta milk, sweets, flowers and pray for the safety of their family. Women keep fast on this day. They worship and recite mantras to please Nag Devta. Some people also feed Brahmans on this day. At home various designs of Snakes are made at the doors and walls of the houses where people put kumkum, rice, milk and flowers on the design. The people who love environment, on this day try to spread awareness to save snakes and link them with religion.