Last update: 01 August 2022, 06:00 AM IST
Naga Chaturthi 2022: In the month of Savan or Shravan, the fourth day of the waxing moon (Shukala Paksha) is celebrated as Naga Chaturthi. Naga means snake and Chaturthi means the fourth day of the lunar month. It falls a day before Naga Panchami. It is dedicated to Naga Devatas (snake gods and goddesses). It is celebrated all over India especially in North India, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Some states celebrate Naga Chaturthi in the Tamil month of Karthigai, which follows Diwali.
Naga Chaturthi: Significance
The Naga Chaturthi Vrat or fast is observed by women for the well-being and longevity of their husbands and children. It is believed that worshiping the deities on this auspicious day reduces negative effects from life.
Naga Chaturthi: Rituals
Devotees fast for a long day. They go to temples and bathe the deities with water and milk. Dots of turmeric powder and kumkum (sanwar powder) are applied to the idols. They offer agarbatis (incense sticks) and offerings.
Many chant mantras and sarpa suktams (hymns in praise of Naga deities). These mantras are recited to seek the blessings of the nine main snake deities – Ananta, Vasuki, Shesha, Padmanabha, Kambala, Dhritarashtra, Shankhapala, Takshaka and Kalia.
Naga Chaturthi: Shab Muhurat
According to Astroved, Naga Chaturthi will start on August 1, 2022 at 04:18 AM and end on August 2, 2022 at 05:13 AM. Shab Muhurat or good time is from 02:03 PM to 03:43 PM.
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