Nag Panchami : The Oldest Tradition of Worshipping Snakes As Gods
OLDEST TRADITION OF CELEBRATING NAG PANCHAMI!
People bend-over in front of the snakes to stay away from the dangers of the snakes!
Uncanny festivals are natural and common in the history of India. As India itself known for several superstitious beliefs, it has been no surprise to learn about queer traditions of the country by all means. When it comes to religious practices, the country’s people are even more firm in following their own religious traditions. While India is inhabited with a wide variety of religions, it has been undoubtedly incorporated with unbelievable customs and rituals. Meanwhile, people also involve in practicing a different level of celebration which gives you hair-raising experiences. India is also uniquely known for worshipping animals such as Elephants, cows, and snakes. Devotional towards snakes? Yes, Nag Panchami is known to be the festival of snakes which is celebrated in India.
Being an uncanny festival of India, Nag Panchami has been one of the Hindus festivals which is dedicated to worship snakes on this divine day. Well, it is celebrated on the fifth day of the fortnight of the moonlit month of Shravan, which is July or August as per the Hindu calendar. However, Hindus have their own beliefs, traditions, and cultures which are at times ghastly to witness. Apart from this, the Hindu mythologies have been entangled with tales and stories about snakes and thus it has been placed at an important place in Hindu culture. The superior of all is the Sheshnag of Lord Vishnu. So, it is no wonder that now India with several mythologies celebrates the festival of snakes by worshipping them. It is during this festival people bathe snakes by pouring milk and thus making sure that their families are free from the dangers of the snakes. Even live cobras with their venomous fangs are worshipped without any panic. Later, the priests sprinkle the haldi and kumkum over the raised hoods of the snakes, and the people of India and Nepal worship them as God.
Howbeit, there are several relatable legends with Nag Panchami where one goes with a farmer who killed some little serpents accidentally. The mother Serpent with all vengeance bit and killed the farmer and his family. But one daughter of the family was spared as she had been praying to the Nagas. Yet another legend goes with the victory of Lord Krishna over the Kaliya snake which is remembered and celebrated on the exact day of Nag Panchami. With all its richness of myths and beliefs, India has been celebrating and valuing the snakes and also built temples in the honor of snakes.
The celebration goes with villagers dancing to the music and toting snakes in the pots over their heads and moves towards the temple. Even an adequate amount of honey and milk is offered in order to infuse the immunity from the snake bites.