History Of Naag
The Naga culture was fairly widespread in India before
the Aryan invasion, and continues to be an important segment of worship in
certain areas. After the invasion, the Indo-Aryans incorporated the worship of
snakes into Hinduism, as is apparent in prevailing worship and mythology. The
thousand-headed Ananta is Vishnu's couch and also holds up the earth, while
snakes play an ornamental role in the case of Shiva.
Lord Vishnu's couch is the green, thousand-headed snake (Ananta or Sesha) who
could hold up the earth. Lord Shiva wears a snake for ornamental purpose. Even
Lord Krishna is called "Kaliya Mardan" to commemorate his victory over the
giant snake, Kaliya.
A farmer while tilling his land incidentally killed some young serpents. The
serpent took revenge by biting all members of the farmer's family except his
daughter, who worshipped snakes.This devotional act of the girl resulted in
revival of her family. So on the day of Naag Panchami, tilling of land is
forbidden. Snake worship is however believed to have originated due to man's
natural fear of reptiles
On Nag Panchami day the victory of Krishna over the Kaliya snake is
commemorated. According to myth, once young Krishna was playing when suddenly
his ball got stucked in the high branch of a tree. While climb the tree
Krishna fell from the tree into the river Yamuna, in which the terrible snake
Kaliya was living. Krishna got amused.He caught it by the neck. Kaliya
understood that Krishna was not an ordinary boy, and that it would not be easy
to overcome him. So Kaliya pleaded with Krishna: "Please, do not kill me."
Krishna full of compassion asked the snake to promise that henceforth he would
not harass anybody. Then he let the snake go free into the river again.
About Naag Panchami
Significance Of Naag
Panchami In Different States