This year the festival has fallen in the middle of a pandemic. Several Indian states have declared a total lockdown during the weekends to curb the unnecessary movement of people. So, on Saturday, netizens took to social media to wish each other safe, happy monsoons.
Wherever wandering snake charmers were spotted with serpents in their sacks, the faithful proceeded with their worship ritual.
On #NagPanchami we honour all forms of Nagas from ordinary snakes to Kundalini Shakti, to Shiva Mahadev who is Nageshvara or Ahipati, the Lord of the Serpents, who holds all the electrical forces in existence, both manifest and unmanifest.— Dr David Frawley (@davidfrawleyved) July 25, 2020
May Lord Shiva bless you and your family on the auspicious occasion of #NagPanchami— Akshay Akki ಅಕ್ಷಯ್ (@FollowAkshay1) July 25, 2020
Shubh "नाग पंचमी"
ನಾಡಿನ ಸಮಸ್ತ ಜನತೆಗೆ ನಾಗರ ಪಂಚಮಿ ಹಬ್ಬದ ಹಾರ್ದಿಕ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು.
Har Har Mahadev.🙏❤️#nagarapanchami #NagPanchami2020 pic.twitter.com/rcylFZ3URF
Significance of Nag Panchami
The Hindu calendar is divided into months, and on the fifth day of the first of the monsoon months, the annual “Nag Panchami” festival is observed across India. On this day, snake charmers usually roam the streets in India, letting people offer the serpents milk as peace offerings.
Also, since Hindu mythology knows snakes as the neck ornament of the God of Destruction – Shiva, devotees flock temples to offer prayers and offerings to the deity during Nag Panchami.
Since snakes are considered deities themselves in India, the country legitimately houses some of the most ancient and beautiful temples dedicated to serpents.
The Bhujang Nag Temple in Gujarat, Nagaraja Temple and Naganathaswamy Temple in Tamil Nadu, Kukke Subramanya Temple in Karnataka and the Mannarasala Temple in Kerala are five of the most famous centres of snake worship in the country, where snake fairs are usually organised annually to mark the occasion of Nag Panchami.
Bhujang Nag Temple,Gujarat— 𝑨𝒅𝒊 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒌𝒕𝒊🥀ॐ (@JyotishSadhana) July 25, 2020
There is a Bhujia Fort in the Bhuj of Gujarat. It is said that this fort is dedicated to the last serpent of the family who died in battle.People built Bhujang Nag temple on Bhujia mountain in memory of them. Every year there is big fair on Nagpanchami pic.twitter.com/gtCsaFHHB3
Mannarasala Snakes Temple ...!!— Krishna Priya (@Krishna_Priiya) May 13, 2020
~ Rishi Parshurama
The famous Nagaraja temple "Mannarasala" in Kerala, is nestled in a dense forest area. This Temple has over 1000's of Snake Statues along the paths and among the trees. It is the largest such temple in Kerala. @Lost_History1 pic.twitter.com/IYr3bp91Ig
Indian Memers Never Take a Break
Adding a fun spin to the traditions, Twitter is flooded with memes and snarky comments dedicated to fake friends and toxic exes on the occasion of “Nag Panchami”.