Essay on “Nag Panchami” Festival
As the name suggests, the Nag Panchami is a festival in which people worship the snake, ‘Nag’. It is a bathing festival of the Hindus which is celebrated on the 5th day of the bright half of Sravana. This is the day when Lord Krishna overpowered the serpent Kaliya.
The festival falls during the rainy season and is celebrated to counter the increased possibility of a snakebite during this time. On this day people keep fasts, organise bathing fairs on the banks of the river and visit temples, especially dedicated to snakes and worship them. In South India people craft images of snakes using cowdung on either side of the entrance of houses to welcome the snake god. Some people worship snakes by offering rice, flour and milk placed near holes where snakes are supposed to dwell.
On the Nag Panchami day, snakes are not killed and fields are not ploughed to avoid even accidental killing of a snake. In many parts of India, the occasion is celebrated by singing of Kajaris songs by women and girls.