Nag Panchami Rituals: The Panchami of Sawan month is called Nagpanchami. According to Hindu calendar, Panchami of Shukla Paksha of Shravan month is celebrated as Nag Panchami. Snakes are worshiped on the day of Nagpanchami in different parts of the country. It is said that worshiping the snake on the day of Panchami gives freedom from Kaal Sarp Dosh. In homes, they are commented on by making a snake’s idol or their picture. On this day, snakes are offered milk lava. But in the city of Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, Nag Panchami is celebrated in a very different way. On this day a unique tradition of beating the doll is followed, which is very unique in itself. On the day of Nagpanchami, women make dolls from old clothes and put them at the crossroads. Then the children beat these dolls with whips and sticks. But many stories are prevalent behind the beginning of this tradition.
Popular Stories – There are two popular stories in this regard-
According to the first story-
King Parikshit had died due to the bite of the snake Takshak. After some time, the fourth generation daughter of Takshak was married to the fourth generation of King Parikshit. When she got married and came to her in-laws’ house, she told this secret to a maidservant and asked her not to tell this to anyone, but to the servant. He could not stay and he told this thing to another woman. In this way, the word spread in the whole city. Due to this the king of Takshak got angry and in anger he ordered all the girls of the city to gather at the crossroads and got them beaten to death. Since then this tradition is being celebrated in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the second story-
The second story is related to the story of brother and sister. Bhai was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and he used to visit the temple daily. In the temple, he used to see a serpent. The boy started feeding the snake every day and gradually both of them fell in love. After this, on seeing the boy, the snake used to leave its gem and wrapped it in his feet. Similarly, one day in the month of Sawan, brothers and sisters went to the temple. As soon as the snake saw the boy in the temple, he clung to his feet. When the sister saw it, she felt that the snake was biting her brother. To save the life of the girl’s brother, the snake was beaten to death. After this, when the brother narrated the whole story, the girl started crying. Then people said that the snake is the form of a deity, so punishment will be given, because it has happened by mistake, so over a period of time the doll will be beaten instead of the girl.
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