The monsoon is snakebite time and so with the rain
comes Naga Panchami. Snakes are revered in the
hope that they will spare their worshippers. Prayers
are also offered to Lord Shiva as snakes are dear to
Him. Lord Vishnu is depicted as resting on the coiled
Adi Shesha.Lakshman, brother of Lord Rama and
Balarama, brother of Lord Krishna and Patanjali, the
compiler of yogic traditions are considered to be the
incarnations of Adishesha. Lord Shiva is shown with
a snake named Vasuki curled around His neck. This
implies that no evil can destroy us once we surrender
to Him and worship Him with deep devotion. There is
also a version where the snakes help Shiva keep the
poison in His throat, i.e.not letting it slide down.
The snake coiled around Ganesha’s stomach represents
the divine energy that infuses all living forms.
Goddess Durga used snake as a belt to destroy
the demons, Chanda and Munda.
Naga Panchami is a traditional worship of snakes
observed by Hindus throughout India and Nepal.
It is widely believed that the childless couple will
be blessed with a child if they observe Naaga
The worship is offered on the 5th day of bright
half of lunar month Shravana according to Hindu