Nag Panchami 2020: Date, puja time, rituals and significance

On Nag Panchami, people worship snake gods, as Nag refers to a snake in Hindi. As per the Hindu calendar, the day dedicated to offering prayers to the snake god happens to be on the fifth day of the bright half of lunar month of Shravan or Sawan (July/August). 

Nag Panchami 2020: Date, puja time, rituals and significance
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New Delhi: On Nag Panchami, people worship snake gods, as Nag refers to a snake in Hindi. As per the Hindu calendar, the day dedicated to offering prayers to the snake god happens to be on the fifth day of the bright half of lunar month of Shravan or Sawan (July/August). 

This year, Nag Panchami will be celebrated on July 25, 2020, Saturday. However, in places in Rajasthan and Gujarat, Nag Panchami is also marked on the dark half (Krishna Paksha) of the same month. 

Nag Panchami Time:

Nag Panchami Puja Muhurat - 05:24 AM to 08:19 AM
Duration - 02 Hours 55 Mins
Nag Pancham date in Gujarat - Saturday, August 8, 2020
Panchami Tithi Begins - 06:04 PM on Jul 24, 2020
Panchami Tithi Ends - 03:32 PM on Jul 25, 2020

(as per drikpanchang.com)

Rituals of Nag Panchami:

Women worship the Snake god or the Nag Devta and offer milk to the serpents. It symbolises the offering of milk to the snake gods. Women pray for the well being of their brothers and family members. 

As many as 12 serpent gods are worshipped on this day which is believed to be very auspicious.

Devotees pray to Ananta, Vasuki, Shesha, Padma, Kambala, Karkotaka, Ashvatara, Dhritarashtra, Shankhapala, Kaliya, Takshaka and Pingala gods.

Nag Panchami Puja:

Many women observe fasting a day before the festival. Some even fast on the actual day. Offer milk or kheer to the snake god or Lord Shiva.

Avoid consuming food that has salt.

Apply haldi and kumkum on snake holes and offer flowers.

Then chant the Nag Panchami pooja mantra to seek blessings from the snake gods.

Sarva Nagaah preeyantam mey yey kechit prithivithaley

Yey cha helimarichistha yentarey divi samstithah

Yey Nadeeshu Mahanaga ye Sarasvatigaaminah

Yey cha Vaapeetadageshu teshu sarveshu vai namah

Once the puja is over, distribute the kheer or milk as prasad to your friends and family.

Here's wishing our readers a very Happy Nag Panchami!