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Nag panchami

Nag Panchami 2010 is Saturday August 14th, 2010

Nag Panchami is celebrated in Shravan on Panchami. It is celebrated in most part of India. Cobras, which are called Nag in hindi, are worshipped on this day. In hindu mythology, Cobras are considered to be a divine creature. They are worshipped in temples and people even go to sanke pits to give them their offerings. These offerings usually consist of milk and silver jewelry. In return to this the cobras protect them from all evils, according to the devotees belief. Some devotee even fast on this day. The festival marks the day when lord Krishna defeated the serpent Kalia.

Five Nāgas or Cobras are worshipped on this day. These are Ananta, Vāsuki, Taxak, Karkotaka and Pingala. According to hindu mythology, Brahma’s son Kashyapa had four wives. The third wife of Kashyapa was called Kadroo, who gave birth to Nāgas. Therefore Nagas are also called Kadroojā. They are considered to be the rulers of Pātāl-Loka. Kashyapa other sons from first, second and fourth wives were Devas, Garudas and Daityas respectively. There is even a sanskrit shloka to remember all the nine important Nagas

Shesh Nag is a thousand headed Cobra which acts as the couch of Lord Vishnu. This Cobra symbolizes eternity as Lord Vishnu reclines on this Nag Couch between the time of dissolution of one Universe and creation of another.A peculiar snake habit of sloughing its skin make the hindus believe in its immortality. Such Eternity is often represented by a serpent eating its own tail in Hinduism.

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