Nag Panchami 2020 Today: Know All About The Festival Dedicated To Lord Shiva And The Snake Gods

Nag Panchami: Know Why The Day Is Important For Devotees Of Lord Shiva

Nag Panchami 2020: Devotees of Lord Shiva and Vishnu observe the day with great reverence. On this day, in the month of Sawan, devotees pray to the Naga Devta or the snake god.

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According to Hindu scriptures Lord Shiva's snake Vasuki took part in the Samudra Manthan, that explains the origin of amrita or the nectar of immortality. Vasuki helped both the devas and the asuras to bind him to Mount Mandara or Mandar Parvat so that they could use him as their churning rope to get the amrita from the ocean. Vasuki is mentioned extensively in Hindu scriptures and the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

In the Buddhist mythology, Vasuki and the other snake gods appear in the audience when Gautama Buddha gave his sermons. In India, devotees pray to several snake gods on Nag Panchami. Some among them are Ananta, Shesha, Padma, Kambala, Kaliya and Vasuki.

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