Nagara Chauthi/Panchami – August 13th-14th 2010

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi, kumkum, soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by nandita on August 4, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Guess what, aunty! I have become a regular at this blog site and am a huge fan of it. It saves me time whenever I have questions regarding some pooje, i don’t have to call up home for this anymore🙂


  2. […] Link for Nagara Chauthi And Panchami festival […]


  3. Posted by Kavitha GuruRaghavendran on July 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    Thanks Meeraji. I stopped referring panchangas for all festivals and ekadasi. It is really very helpful. I appreciate your effort. Thanks again!!


  4. Posted by Dhananjay on July 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

    Hi can u give the recipe for thambittu


  5. Posted by meeraghu on July 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I have updated the post with the Thambittu recipe. Hope it helps.


  6. Posted by Sheetal Magatti on July 24, 2009 at 11:21 am


    Dear Meeraji, your website has been really very useful to me,i am a regular visitor for the past few months..Can you please post the lyrics of “Poojipe Ninna” in English.


    Sheetal, I will try. Not sure if I will be able to translate during this Shravana Masa. Trust me, it is very very hectic on my side right now. Sorry about that.


    • Posted by samudyata on July 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

      Sheetal/Meera, I have the lyrics for “Poojipene Ninna” in English. Where do you want me to send these ? Or shall I post here ?

      Hi samudyata, send it to. You can also post here.


      • Posted by Mrinalini on July 29, 2009 at 11:06 am

        Looks like the email id was filtered out. Posting here :


        poojipene ninna
        jaaji puShpagaLiMda moojaganmaateye
        poojipene ninna
        amaraadi surariMda abhivaMdipeye
        ninna charanaMbujava tori paavana maaDenna
        poojipene ninna || pa ||

        arghya paadyachamana madhuparkadiMdali
        agra poojeyagayyuve
        peetaMbaravanuTTu, sarvAbharaNava toTTu
        varamaNi maMTapake baare nArAyaNi || 1 ||

        aMbujaakShiye ninage chinnada kuMbhadiMda
        abhiShEka maaDuvene
        samudrasutaLe shuddha manadalli
        shubha vastrava ninage arpisuvenamma || 2 ||

        arisiNa kuMkuma karadalli piDidetti
        varamahAlakShmi varagaLa neeDeMdu
        sirabaagi namisuve karaveera nilayaLe || 3 ||

        mallige kEdige kallAra puShpagaLanella
        biDi malligeya taMdu naDe muDige haakalu
        kaDala shESha shayanana raaNi naDedu baaramma taaye || 4 ||

        nitya traptaLe ninage muttinArattiyetti
        saMpattu daMpattu hetta makkaLanittu
        aapattu biDisenna aadi nArAyaNi || 5 ||

        poojipene ninna
        jaaji puShpagaLiMda moojaganmaateye
        poojipene ninna
        amaraadi surariMda abhivaMdipeye
        ninna charanaMbujava tori paavana maadenna
        poojipene ninna || pa ||

        Thanks Mrinalini. I removed the email ID since I started getting several hundered spam emails. Sorry about that. You can use the contact Meera form from now on.
        Thanks so much for the lyrics. I have posted it on the main page.

  7. Posted by Megha Deshpande on July 24, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    This is so informative…..thnx a ton…and also thnx the naga panchami song

    Thanks, Megha


  8. Posted by Bhavya on July 25, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for Meeraji who ahve pur this post as i was surching here and ther for procedure to do naga chaturthi / panchami… its a very usefull peace of informatipn.. thanks a lot


    Bhavyaji, Thanks for your wonderful comments.


  9. Posted by vasantharao dusthakar on August 11, 2010 at 11:11 am

    sreedevi meera
    thvam asthi ekaa gnyaana varshinee devathaa athra bhoolokena
    thava divya lekhinyaam likhitha naaga panchamee vyaasaavali haarathee poojaa vidhaanam cha rasadaayaka thimbittu sahitham shraavana maasasya idam divase asthi samayaavashya sahaayakam
    sakala vivaraani sampoornamasthi


    • @vasantharao great to see sanskrit here. i think i have noticed few other samskrutham comments in other blog posts here. awesome.


  10. Posted by Madhumitha on August 12, 2010 at 3:15 am

    hello Mr.vasantharao,

    if u write ur comments in kannada/english we can also understand…🙂



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