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Nagara Panchami 2018 Date - Worship of Snakes on Shravan Panchami

Nagara Panchami, an important Hindu festival dedicated to Nagas or Snakes, is held on the fifth day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of Amavasya in the Shravan month (mid July – mid August). Nagara Panchami 2018 date is August 15. The popular belief in Karnataka in South India is that before humans appeared on earth, the whole earth was the home Nagas (serpents) and to accommodate human beings they went underground. Nagara Panchami puja is performed as thanksgiving to this kind act by the Nagas.

The term Nagara Panchami is widely used in Karnataka. This festival is popularly known as Naga Panchami.

On the Nagara Panchami day the main offering is a concoction made of sweetened milk mixed with honey and sugar. Early morning, places where there are Naga Murtis or Naga Parthishte are cleaned and decorated with flowers and turmeric powder. Special pujas are offered to the Naaga devas. Flowers of arecanut tree and flowers of fragrant screw pine are offered on the day.

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Book – English Translation of Ashtavakra Gita – The Song of the Self Supreme

Ashtavakra Gita is a classical text associated with Advaita school teaching and contains the teaching of Sage Ashtavakra. This particular English translation with Sanskrit Text and annotation is by Radhakamal Mukerjee. The Ashtavakra Samhita is in the format of a dialogue between Sage Astavakra and King Janaka. The book is published by Motilal Banarsidas and you can buy it online.The English translation and the annotations by Radhakamal Mukerjee are extremely illuminating and helpful. The ideas of Absolute Monism narrated by Ashtavakra in his dialogue with King Janaka are simplified and presented in a simple manner. Ashtavakragita – The Song of the Self Supreme
By Radhakamal Mukerjee
Published by Motilal Banarsidas
Price – Paper Cover – Rupees 195/-You may also like to readBasic Teachings of Advaita by Sage Ashtavakra

Bhe Bharas in Gujarat in Shravan Month

Bhe Bharas is a ritual closely associated with Nature and is observed in Gujarat in Shravan month. Bhe Bharas 2017 date is August 23. Married women perform this ritual and it involves praying to various deities in Hindu Pantheon for rains so that the rivers, ponds and lakes are full.
A unique feature of the day is that no food is cooked on the day. The food for the day is prepared on the previous day.
Married women go to rivers, ponds or wells and perform community puja.

It is observed on Shravan Shukla Paksha Dwadasi tithi as per traditional Hindu Gujarati lunar calendar.