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As the name suggests the festival of Naag Panchami is dedicated to the worship of snakes. Snake worship, owes its origin to man's natural fear of snake-bite. It’s celebrated all across India at..
As the name suggests the festival of Naag Panchami is dedicated to the worship of snakes. Snake worship, owes its origin to man's natural fear of snake-bite. It’s celebrated all across India at the peak of the monsoon- the time when snakes are most likely to be out of their holes to take shelter in another place. Their holes get flooded with rain-water and the snakes come out to seek shelter in gardens and many times in houses. As such they pose a great danger to man. People seek immunity by offering prayers to the snake God. They believe that it will protect them from snakebite.
There are a number of legends associated with Naag pancahmi. One has it that on this day, while tilling his land, a farmer accidentally killed some young serpents. The mother of these serpents took revenge by biting and killing the farmer and his family, except one daughter, who happened to be praying to the Nagas. This act of devotion resulted in the revival of the farmer and the rest of his family. Since then, Naag Panchami has been celebrated in India. It is believed that in reward for worship, snakes will never bite any member of the family.
in Hindu culture snakes own a prominent place. Hindu mythologies are filled with stories and fables about snakes, the most important being the Sheshnaga of Lord Vishnu (it is on this snake that Lord Vishnu reclines while sleeping in the sea). Thus, it is quite understandable that a festival called Naag Panchami is observed in India, in the honor of snakes, every year.
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