Nag Panchami is a festival that honors serpents. The festival is celebrated by Hindus all across India. This year, Nag Panchmi falls on August 7. According to the Hindu calendar, Nag Panchmi falls on the fifth day of the lunar month in Shravan. On this day blessings of the serpents are sought to ensure the welfare of family. The serpent god also called as Nag Devta is worshiped by women for their brothers by offering it milk.Here is everything that you need to know about Nag Panchami. Also Read - Unlock 1 in Haryana: Faridabad to Follow Existing Guidelines For Now, New Directions Tomorrow

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According to Hindu beliefs, worshiping serpent Gods is very important on some days. The twelve Nagas that are worshiped by Hindus in India are Ananta, Vasuki, Padma, Kambala, Shesha, Karkotaka, Asvatara, Shankhapala, Kaliya, Takshaka, Pingala and Dritarashtra. This festival is celebrated by fasting which is observed a day prior to Nag Panchami. Also known as Nagul Chavithi or Nag Chaturthi, fasting plays an important part. Also Read - Going by Centre’s Guidelines, Bihar Extends Coronavirus Lockdown Till June 30

How it all began:

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It all began when Takshaka, the king of snakes bit Janamejaya’s father Parikshit and killed him. To avenge his death Janamejaya conducted yagnas to pray for the eradication of the entire snake race. The day this yagna was stopped because of the intervention of Astika, who was also the Brahmin son of Jaratkarus, is the day since when Nag Panchami is observed.

Snakes too have an abode which is called as patal lok and the lowest of these are called Naga-lok. Usually, people pray to the deity of serpent that is made of silver, wood or stone. The rituals change with each region. In Orissa, Bengal and Assam, devotes worship Maa Manasa (Goddess of Snakes) and in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, Sheshnag is worshiped.

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